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Firearms of the American West, 1803-1894. [Two Volume Set]

Garavaglia, Louis A.; Worman, Charles G.

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ISBN 10: 0870814834 / ISBN 13: 9780870814839
Published by University Press of Colorado, Niwot, CO, 1998
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Volume I [0870814834]. 1803-1865: xiii, 402 pp, preface, Part I. The Explorers: Military Arms, 1803-20; Part II. Trappers and Traders: Civilian Arms, 1803-48; Part III. Dough boys and Dragoons: Military Arms, 1821-54; Part IV. Muskets and Minie Rifles: Military Arms, 1855-65; Part V. Gold- Seekers and Gamblers, 1849-65; Part VI. Native Americans - Indian Arms, 1803-62; notes, bibliography, index. Reprinted, 1998. Volume II. [0870814664], 1866-1894, x, 413 pp, preface, acknowledgments, Part I. Military Arms; Part II. Civilian; Part III: Indian Arms;, notes, bibliography, index. reprinted,1997. This two volume set is a reprint of the 1984/85 original edition by the Univ. of New Mexico Press. Both volumes are extensively illustrated with photos throughout. Lightly bowed front board Volume I, else, Pristine, no wear. Clean, tight and strong binding with no underlining, highlighting or marginalia. Beige cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Size: Folio. Bookseller Inventory # 002023

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Title: Firearms of the American West, 1803-1894. [...

Publisher: University Press of Colorado, Niwot, CO

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: Reprint.

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In 1803 Lewis and Clark set out on their epic expedition across the American wilderness west of the Mississippi, armed with the typical weapon of their day, the single-shot muzzle-loading rifle. By 1865, a variety of breech-loading and repeating arms had been invented there were both easier to use and more accurate. This encyclopedic study, part one of a two-part book, traces the development and uses of firearms on the frontier during that period, drawing on primary sources such as correspondence and diaries, newspaper accounts, government reports, and patent materials. Equally significant are the many rare photographs and illustrations that accompany the text.

Then, as now, most of the advances in weaponry were made in response to the military’s needs, becoming available somewhat later to civilians, and then to Indians. The authors thoroughly cover the refinements and adaptations of weapons for employ by these three groups and by explorers and trappers, describing in detail each gun, its modifications, operations, and uses. Some of the varieties of the weapons discussed include rifles, smoothbores, carbines and musketoons, and pistols.

In many ways the history of firearms on the frontier parallels the history of the development of the West. This engrossing, detailed study adds an important new dimension to our understanding of many of the pivotal events in the settlement of the region, broadening, too, our knowledge of the individuals who took part in them.

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