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Burnside Breechloading Carbines and Rifles: A Collectors Guide to The Firearms and Cartridges Invented by The Famous Civil War General, Ambrose E. Burnside Paperback – November 24, 2015
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Ambrose E. Burnside certainly was an energetic and creative man who was the innovator of this well known longarms that was the third most manufactured carbine of the Civil War. Despite the fact that he went bankrupt early in its inception, he was able to come back strong and be responsible for the manufacture of some 57,000 to 59,000 longarms with 54,000 carbines delivered to the military.
This book observes the same model numbers previously established and fully and further describes the development and production of each with very interesting first account letters from the many governmental ordnance officials that very clearly show how each successive model was developed. There are many copies of photographic images of the day showing soldiers holding the various models that always adds interest to these publications. Additionally, many patent papers are reproduced that will assist the reader in seeing how the models progressed and how they worked. The letters of various ordnance officers are especially interesting and insightful.
This high quality book is softbound with an interesting color cover. It would make for a wonderful addition to the library of the arms collector, especially those that have the previous book on the same subject by this same author.