Firearms An Illustrated History

Author: DK
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 146543089X
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Published in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, Firearms: An Illustrated History charts the evolution of the gun, from the pistol and rifle to the machine gun and revolver. DK's trademark beautifully photographed catalogs of firearms and stunning close-up details of key weapons combine in this lavish history of the gun, tracing its development from early flintlocks and muskets to modern-day military guns.

The Illustrated History Of Guns

Author: Chuck Wills
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 151071619X
Size: 18.91 MB
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For the first time in paperback, a photographic history of civilization, as seen through the world's most deadly and fascinating firearms. The Illustrated History of Guns is a comprehensive look at the tools of battle. To craft this book, more than five hundred photographs of genuine specimens were specially commissioned from the six-thousand-piece collection of the Berman Museum of World History. The weapons featured span a period of close to four thousand years, ranging from Ancient Greece to World War II, and from the Crusades in Europe to the US Civil War. It features a wide array of diverse treasures, including the traveling pistols of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, a royal Persian scimitar with 1,295 rose-cut diamonds and rubies, and a single 11-carat emerald set in gold, first owned by Shah Abbas I of Persia and given in tribute to Catherine the Great. The Illustrated History of Guns also offers information on weapons innovators, including Alexander Forsyth, Eliphalet Remington, Samuel Colt, Sergei Mosin, the Mauser brothers, Hiram Maxim, John Browning, Richard Gatling, John T. Thompson, John Garland, Feodor Tokarev, Oliver Winchester, and Mikhail Kalashnikov. With unparalleled historical perspective and background on persons significant to the development and advancements of weapons technology or military strategy, The Illustrated History of Guns belongs on the shelf of every history buff and firearms enthusiast.


Author: Jeff Kinard
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851094709
Size: 22.23 MB
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The development of the pistol helped bring the age of the armored knight to an end, provided the elite with a status symbol of dangerous glamour, and inspired both artisans and industrialists to reach new heights of invention. * Provides complete technical details of exemplary pistols from the first working models to the present * In-depth coverage of the three major pistol designs—single-shot, revolver, and automatic—and their production and issuance in the United States, Europe, and Asia

Secret Firearms

Author: John D. Walter
Publisher: Arms & Armour
ISBN: 9781854092304
Size: 56.31 MB
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From the invention of the first handgun, miniature and special designs have been created to aid concealment and increase the element of surprise. This history shows the ingenuity of users and manufacturers, recounting both successes and failures.

The Illustrated History Of Firearms

Author: Jim Supica
Publisher: Chartwell Books
ISBN: 9780785829898
Size: 13.92 MB
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This significant tome, with over 1500 photographs, covers the subject of portable firearms from muzzle-loaders to machine guns; from revolvers to machine pistols; from muskets to automatics; from derringers to submachineguns. Compiled by experts whose hands-on knowledge and skill comes over in text and captions, The Illustrated History of Firearms provides a visual reference book to grace any aficionado’s library.

The Great Book Of Guns

Author: Chris McNab
ISBN: 9781592233045
Size: 30.75 MB
Format: PDF
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An encyclopedic look at firearms.

Machine Guns

Author: James H. Willbanks
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851094806
Size: 72.87 MB
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The machine gun—often called the killing machine—revolutionized modern ground combat, brought an end to the traditional infantry and cavalry charge, and changed the battlefields of war forever.

Guns Of The Old West

Author: Dean K. Boorman
Publisher: Lyons Press
ISBN: 9781585747023
Size: 39.31 MB
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An illustrated survey of the guns that influenced the pioneering era of the old west.

The Illustrated History Of Firearms 2nd Edition

Author: Jim Supica
Publisher: Gun Digest
ISBN: 9781951115142
Size: 70.14 MB
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Showcasing more than 1,700 firearms in full color! From the earliest hand cannons dating back to 1350, to the finest sporting rifles of the 21st Century, this 2nd edition of The Illustrated History of Firearms covers them all. Spectacular, full-color photos of more than 1,700 guns with detailed captions walk readers through the background and development of virtually every type of firearm ever created, and the people who influenced their use and designs. More than a reference book, The Illustrated History of Firearms brings context to the role firearms have played in shaping world events while also charting the development of today's guns for self-defense, competition, recreation and hunting. Painstakingly researched by expert curators at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia, this 320-page, hardbound work of art is as educational as it is beautiful. Whether you're an avid gun collector or shooter, a history buff, or simply want to better understand the seemingly countless types of firearms in today's world, this book is a must-have.


Author: Mark Spicer
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 9780760337172
Size: 36.83 MB
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Although, even before firearms were available, soldiers such as archers were specially trained as elite marksmen, the focus of this book is on the history of sniping, mainly from distance, using firearms. The authors relate the fascinating and somewhat dark history of sniping and snipers through the ages, mainly military but also with some reference to police sniping (perhaps best called marksmanship). They cover sniping during all major conflicts involving all major forces during the period from America’s Revolutionary War to the conflicts in the Middle East today. Each chapter features individual incidents throughout the world during the appropriate conflict and assesses the equipment and tactics deployed, citing famous as well as lesser-known anecdotes. Sniping further describes various camouflage schemes and concealment techniques developed through the ages, the continually evolving sniper skills, weapons, and other special equipment, and the increasing use of sniping by regular and terrorist forces, particularly against vulnerable military hardware and civilian transportation systems. Full coverage is given to the heavy caliber sniper weapons of the twenty-first century such as the Barrett .50 caliber rifle and their impact on the battlefield. The highly readable text is stunningly illustrated with hundreds of photographs and diagrams.