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Guns of the Old West : An Illustrated History - Dean K. Boorman

Guns of the Old West

An Illustrated History

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In the remote parts of America’s Western territories during much of the 1800s, law and order was overextended or even nonexistent. Guns were used by some, such as hunters and settlers, for self-protection and their very salvation, and by others as a means to impose their will, legally or otherwise. There can be no doubt that the exploration and exploitation of the Western frontier that began in 1804 was inextricably linked to the development of the firearm. It is certainly true today that firearms are associated with the Old West more than with any other era of American history. That Old West period, which ended officially in 1890, saw gun
design and manufacture improve dramatically, such that the “taming of the West” could be accomplished with grit and determination, and also with reliable firearms. It is not surprising to learn that very often those firearms were Colts or Winchesters, since these were the gunmakers who achieved more than most in technological development and manufacturing prowess, pioneering the revolver and the lever-action rifle, respectively. Within these pages are the pistols and revolvers, rifles and carbines used by the hunters, the settlers, the lawmen and the lawless, the military and the showmen. All are interestingly described in accompanying essays written by an acknowledged expert in the field.

"A fascinating, informative volume which is especially recommended for antique gun collectors and western history buffs."--Wisconsin Bookwatch

Preface Introduction EXPLORERS AND HUNTERS The Explorers Hunters and Trappers The Gun maker's Shop THE HANDGUNS The Handgun in the West and on the Frontier Colt Paterson Revolvers Percussion Colts from Hartford Single and Double Action Revolvers Deringers 1845-1860 Deringers 1860 and After Colt "Deringers" and Pocket Pistols The Colt Single Action Army Colt's Cartridge Competitors Handguns and Holsters LONGARMS Sharps Rifles Sharps Competitors Colt's Shoulder Arms Volcanic Firearms The Henry Rifle Spencer Rifles and Carbines Winchesters '66-'73 Winchesters '76-86 The Winchester Heritage Burgess-Whitney Variants Lesser-Known Longarms Carrying Longarms THE LAWMEN AND THE LAWLESS Outlaw Guns Pat Gerrett and Billy the Kid John Wesley Hardin Doolin, Dalton, and Eichof Law and Order The Lawmen Wyatt Earp Riding Shotgun Cowboy Gunman WEAPONS OF WAR The Military Until 1871 The Military 1872-1890 Firearms of the Native Americans THE SHOWMEN W. F. Cody and the Wild West Shows Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9781592286386
ISBN-10: 1592286380
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.85 x 20.96  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.54