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Pageant of the gun : a treasury of stories of firearms : their romance and lore, development, and use through ten centuries

Author: Harold L Peterson
Publisher: Garden City, New York : Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1967.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold L Peterson
OCLC Number: 1441868
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 352 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Evolution: The terrifying crossbow ; The first handgun ; When matchlocks were modern ; The complicated wheel ; An invention of genius--the flintlock ; The discovery of percussion ; Old yet new --
The two great American conflicts: The Revolutionary gun ; The redcoats' "hunting" rifle ; The murderous rifled musket ; Lincoln's choice for firepower ; Handguns of the Union troops ; Handguns of the Confederacy ; Berdan's Sharpshooters ; Mankind was horrified ; Arms for assassination --
Famous edged weapons: The bayonet ; The tomahawk ; Jim Bowie's blade ; The clash of sabers --
Americana: The all-American ; The Hall rifle ; Double death ; Magic gun of the plainsmen ; The most imitated pistol ; Lindsay's double-loaders ; B. Tyler Henry's rifle ; The trapdoor Springfield ; Saga of the six-gun ; The knuckleduster ; Injuns! ; Guns of the war chiefs --
Shooting at marks: Matchlock marksmen ; The grand old Schuetzen ; Rifles at Creedmoor --
The duel: Pistols for the duel ; Choose your weapons --
Fabulous fowlers: The long, long fowling piece ; The classic double-barrel ; Waterfowl slaughter --
Specialty guns: Signal pistols ; Guns that killed silently ; Whaling guns ; Howdah pistols ; To down a mammoth ; Upside-down guns ; A hail of lead ; Rocket guns --
Guns in the East: Variety in India ; The typhoon brought guns --
Ammunition and equipment: Gunpowder ; How bullets evolved ; Cartridges ; The bullet mold ; Gadget fever --
Special collector's appendix: A guide to restoring antique arms.
Responsibility: Harold L. Peterson.

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