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A Guide To The Ballard Breechloader

Layman, George

Published by Pioneer Press, 1997
ISBN 10: 1877704261 / ISBN 13: 9781877704260
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Title: A Guide To The Ballard Breechloader

Publisher: Pioneer Press

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Used: Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Not Issued

Edition: 1st Edition.


Trade paperback. Square Tight Binding.Clean, bright interior. Very little wear. Bookseller Inventory # 6381

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The Ballard breechloader is considered one of the finest examples of how a series of gradual refinements led to the development of a popular firearm during the highly competitive era of the singe shot breechloaders. Having earned a reputation as being absolutely reliable from its inception during the early years of the Civil War, the Ballard, much like the Sharps and Remington Rolling Block, departed the 1860's into a new age. Produced by six different manufacturers in an almost 30 year period, it became conspicuous with the settling of the West, a nation wide favorite of the Schuetzen and target shooter, as well as a companion of the outdoorsman. This book is intended to provide a basic insight to the standard catalog variations of the Ballard, its cartridges and other pertinent data relating to this family of single shot rifles. This book documents the saga of this fine rifle from the first production models made by Ball & Williams to the Marlin Firearms Company which was manufacturing the rifle when production ceased in 1891, to a reproduction manufactured in the 1990s.

The Table of Contents includes the following:



Chapter 1 Background of the Ballard Rifle

Chapter 2 The Patent of Charles H. Ballard

Chapter 3 Variations of the Ballard From 1861 through 1873

Chapter 4 Variations of the Marlin/Ballard from 1875 to End of Production

Chapter 5 The Ballard Cartridges

Chapter 6 The Ballard Reproductions of the 1990's

Chapter 7 The Ballard Rifle and Today's Shooter

Chapter 8 Reprint of the 1888 Marlin Firearms Company Catalog


250 illustrations. Soft cover, 261 pages, 9 x 6 format.

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