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Repeating and multi-fire weapons : a history from the Zhuge crossbow through the AK-47

Author: Gerald Prenderghast
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the earliest days of organized warfare, combatants have been anxious to develop weapons with more firepower. This inevitably led a wide variety of repeating weapons, capable of a degree of sustained fire without reloading. Based largely upon new research, this book explores the history of repeating and multi-fire weapons"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Prenderghast
ISBN: 9781476666662 1476666660
OCLC Number: 1022980256
Description: viii, 426 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Repeating weapons from the ancient world --
Perkin's steam gun and other oddities --
Early military rockets --
Early black powder weapons --
Early repeating pistols and Colt's percussion revolvers --
The rimfire revolver and Rollin White's patent --
Pinfire and centerfire revolvers --
Repeating rifles and shotguns --
Early machine guns and repeating cannon --
The Gatling gun: Gatling's 150-year-old masterpiece --
Maxim's automatic machine gun: "the devil's paintbrush" --
Smokeless powder and repeating rifles --
Self-loading or semiautomatic pistols --
The development of repeating and multi-fire weapons in the early 20th century --
Light machine guns in World War I --
Medium and heavy machine guns in World War I --
Submachine guns, semiautomatic rifles and postwar changes --
Light machine gun development after World War I --
Heavy machine gun and automatic cannon development after World War I --
Assault rifles and the rise of the "Woolworth's" gun --
Perspectives.
Other Titles: History from the Zhuge crossbow through the AK-47
Responsibility: Gerald Prenderghast.

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