Remarks on Rifle Guns: Being the result of fifty years' practice and observation: With specific remarks on fowling pieces, the percussion lock, and fire-arms in general: To which are subjoined descriptions of a new bullet mould and clipper, various improvements in gun and door locks, and spring bolts: A description of fire-arms deposited in the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich, including all the improvements and inventions for which three silver medals have been awarded by the Society of Arts: Together with tables of weights of balls, descriptive plates, &c.
vii, 251 pages, plus plates and tables, as follows: six colored plates (four riflemen presenting and two showing men's form superimposed over target practice), an engraved dedication (partly colored); an engraved plate showing the accuracy of the Baker rifle in 1800 and 1803; and one of bullet moulds; there is also a six-page engraved table of the weight of lead balls of various diameters. Ezekiel Baker was a master gunsmith who developed the Baker rifle, which was adopted by the British Army and used, in various models, for more than 30 years. This tenth edition of Baker's work on rifles was published near the end of the gun's military use, in the 1830s. The book serves as a combination instruction manual and sales tool, documenting improvements made to the rifle over time. Topics covered include loading, taking aim, judging distance, proving barrels, percussion locks, casting balls, and fowling pieces. While the book ultimately went through eleven editions, it is not especially common, particularly in nice condition. Tenth edition. An attractive copy in an early 20th-century binding of half-calf over marbled paper; previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. Half-title lacking. A few plates have been trimmed close, affecting the final line of text. One leaf of the engraved table with a half-inch tear. This copy has a leaf bound in at the front describing improvements to the rifle since this edition was published, and a humorous plate showing three rifles (not issued with the book, but with similar coloring): 'In this true line of aim, I kill and get fame.'. Six lines of printed doggerel about hunting affixed to lower margin of page opposite added plate. Generally very good. Bookseller Inventory # 128933
Title: Remarks on Rifle Guns: Being the result of ...
Publisher: Printed by Joseph Mallet, London
Publication Date: 1829
Book Condition: Very Good
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