The Gun and its Development: The Classic History of Sporting and Military Firearms, From the Middle Ages to the 20th Century
Brand: W W GreenerProduct Code: 1/58574/7343
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This book is truly encyclopedic in scope & has long been sought after by historians, librarians, & firearms collectors. Covers early to modern handguns; gunpowder ignition methods from fuses & flintlocks to percussion fulminates; shotguns; hammerless guns; ejector guns; the history of the firearms industry; manufacturing methods; how to use and handle different types of guns; ballistics; rifling & smokeless powder; & much more. First published in Great Britain in 1881 and subsequently revised nine times between that date and 1910, The Gun and Its Development traces the fascinating history of weaponry from the obscure, ancient origins of the slingshot and the bow and continuing on to the invention of the crossbow, possibly around 1000 a.d.; the introduction of gunpowder into Europe in the 14th century; the development of sporting and military guns over the centuries thereafter; and the rise of modern, factory-mass-produced firearms in the early 20th century. Individual chapters cover early to modern handguns; gunpowder ignition methods from fuses and flintlocks to percussion fulminates; shotguns; hammerless guns; ejector guns; the history of the firearms industry; manufacturing methods and their development in Britain, America, and elsewhere; how to use and handle different types of guns; ballistics; the development of rifling and smokeless powder; and much more. Firearms manufacturers covered in detail include Southgate, Winchester, Marlin, Colt, Holland, Harrison, and many others, including of course Greener, the famous firm founded in Newcastle, England in 1829 by William Greener, the authors father. From military guns through sporting firearms and their testing, use, safety, and the various deadly purposes for which they have been designed over the centuries, The Gun and Its Development is the classic, authoritative reference work on the subject, certain to be of great interest to marksmen, hunters, gun collectors, and anyone interested in military or industrial history. B&W illus. throughout; 6x9 inches, 832 pgs.
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