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Tales of the Gun

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In the centuries since the gun was invented, hundreds of innovators, engineers and inventors have brought their vision together to create what has become one of the most perfectly produced items ever made. TALES OF THE GUN chronicles the long history of firearm design and construction from the first, primitive weapons to today's computer-controlled, high-tech factories. From the gunslingers of the Wild West to the newest technology being developed for tomorrow s super-weapons, guns have etched a place in today s culture for their masterful combination of form, function and beauty. This 10 DVD set, with over 27 hours of exhaustive, fascinating detail and thrilling stories on the guns, the inventors, the designers, and the history of each weapon is the must-have, definitive collection for all gun enthusiasts!

DISC 1: MAKING OF A GUN / BULLETS & AMMO / DUELING PISTOLS
DISC 2: GUNS OF COLT/ GUNS OF REMINGTON/ SMITH/ WESSON/ WINCHESTER
DISC 3: EARLY GUNS/ THE RIFLE/ SHOTGUN/ GUNS OF BROWNING
DISC 4: EARLY MACHINE GUNS/ GANGSTER GUNS/ TOMMY GUN/ RAPID FIREPOWER
DISC 5: GUNS OF CIVIL WAR/ GUNS OF REVOLUTION/ GUNS OF WWII/ INFAMOUS GUNS
DISC 6: GERMAN SMALL ARMS/ LUGER/ GUNS OF MAUSER
DISC 7: GUNS OF ISRAEL/ GUNS OF RUSSIAN MILITARY/ JAPANESE GUNS/ NAVAL GUNS
DISC 8: M-16/ AK-47/ SUPER GUNS/ GUNS OF THE SKY
DISC 9: AUTOMATIC PISTOLS/ SHARPSHOOTERS/ POLICE GUNS/ WOMEN & GUNS
DISC 10: GUNS OF INFAMY/ GUNS OF INFAMY PT. 2/ MILLION DOLLAR GUNS


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Product Details

  • Actors: Guns
  • Directors: History Channel
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video (New REleaset)
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 1650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D3963K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By yukondog on August 8, 2009
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This DVD set is the most impressive, organized and well done collection of the birth of the gun and it's evolution that I've ever run across. You'll enjoy the hours of factual documentary style information about the gun and it's history, without tiring. You'll find yourself looking forward to sitting down to watch the next DVD. This is very well done, both factually and entertainingly. This set is a treasure for anyone who is a gun enthusiast of any degree. This is one of my most prized additions to my library. Get this, you will be very pleased.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jared N. Criswell on May 13, 2009
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I fell in love with this History Channel program several years ago, when I would catch it on television. Now, I am proud to say that I own this collection. The historical information surrounding the history of each weapon is both reliable and entertaining. The narration is superb, clearly audible and pleasing to the ear. After watching most of the episodes in this collection, I have noticed that the show does not necessarily glamorize firearms, but gives a fair assessment of their historical significance and place in time. It is a great collection both for its entertainment value as well as its informational value.

The packaging is also nice, with all of the discs in individual cases, two discs per case. The menus on each disc are easy to navigate, allowing the viewer to select clearly identifiable segments of each particular show. For any fan of history, firearms, or both, this collection is a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monte R. Webster on January 26, 2009
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I wish they would make more of these shows. They were very informative and entertaining to watch. As a collector, I really like the background and history on the designers, engineering, politics, companies, and work events related to each subject. I am glad that I can watch there whenever I want now. There is too much info to remember it all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David A. Lessnau on May 25, 2011
I first saw these episodes of "Tales of the Gun" way back when they were freshly released on the History Channel. I really enjoyed them then, and really enjoyed re-watching them in this DVD set. The set presents a lot of interesting information about guns and their history and does it without bias. Truly enjoyable. Be aware, though, that this set was produced back in 1998. So, the shows are just the SD stuff (not HD) aired back then. Also, there's a bit of repetition across the episodes in some of the material presented. That's understandable since the episodes were made for television with weeks and months between similar material. But, in a DVD set where you might watch several episodes at a sitting, the duplication, occasionally, can get a bit irksome. One other thing that I'd liked to have seen in the series is a little more of a technical focus: show exactly how the mechanisms of the guns work, explain the chemistry of the various "gun-powders," compare and contrast the various bullet calibers, describe how the guns were forged/manufactured and how the metallurgy and manufacturing technology of the day limited the designs, etc.. Again, since this was a History Channel series, I can understand the focus on the historical development. But, an occasional bit of technology would be nice.

Still, all-in-all, this is an informative, well-produced series and I rate it at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5. If the schools were smart, they'd be playing this series in their history classes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AndyB on June 12, 2011
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I've seen many of these shows on the History Channel, and found them to be entertaining and informative. The DVD collection is well made. Each episode provided with relevant chapters to enable one to jump into it at for a specific item of interest. Additionally, each DVD is arranged with related episodes being grouped together, rather than simply copying them onto the DVDs in the orginal order in which they were shown on the History Channel.

A number of reviews have commented negatively on the video quality. I find that they present themselves just fine on my 64" TV. Yes, they are a tad grainy and obviously not shot in HD, but the video qualtity does not really impair the viewing experience, and they are certainly light-years ahead of VHS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian48 on October 6, 2010
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I absolute love this show. It is so refreshing to watch a TV program that does not sensationalize or demonize firearms. Anyway, all the episodes are here. The only reason why I'm not giving this boxed set a full five stars is because the production value is very low. I'm not referring to the lack of features, which it doesn't have any by the way, but rather the poor video quality. They did a terrible transfer job. I wasn't looking for HD quality, but then it again I wasn't expecting VHS (on slower REC speeds) either. Anyway, I picked up this DVD set new for $40. At that price, it's a real bargain and well worth the time for any gun enthusiast who has any interest in history at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy G. Olive on February 16, 2010
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I bought this for my 8 yr old grandson who is really getting into guns and just finishd his safety course. Thought it would help him appreciate guns more, and he is loving them! Lots of great info for inquiring minds!
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