eBook Firearms: An Illustrated History, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 146543089X
  • ISBN-13: 9781465430892
  • DDC: 683.4009
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 320 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released November 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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Published in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, Firearms: An Illustrated History charts the evolution of the gun, from the pistol and rifle to the machine gun and revolver. DK's trademark beautifully photographed catalogs of firearms and stunning close-up details of key weapons combine in this lavish history of the gun, tracing its development from early flintlocks and muskets to modern-day military guns.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: Before the Flintlock Up to 1650.
2: Early Cannon.
3: Field and Naval Artillery.
4: Naval Cannon.
5: Harquebuses.
6: Early Matchlock Guns.
7: Showcase: Matchlock Musket.
8: Turning Point: Ready-to-Fire Guns.
9: Sporting Long Guns.
10: European Hunting Guns.
11: Early Pistols and Carbines.
12: Combination Weapons.
13: The Flintlock Years 1650–1830.
14: Turning Point: Guns for All.
15: Early Flintock Guns.
16: Flintlock Pistols (1650–1700).
17: Flintlock Pistols (1701–75).
18: Flintlock Pistols (1776–1800).
19: Flintlock Pistols (1801–30).
20: Muskets (1650–1769).
21: Muskets (1770–1830).
22: Flintlock Rifles, Carbines, and Shotguns (1650–1760).
23: Flintlock Rifles, Carbines, and Blunderbusses (1761–1830).
24: Showcase: Baker Rifle.
25: Great Gunsmiths: Springfield Armory.
26: European Hunting Guns.
27: Field and Siege Artillery (1650–1780).
28: Field and Siege Artillery (1781–1830).
29: Naval Guns.
30: Asian Firearms (1650–1780).
31: Asian Firearms (1781–1830).
32: Ottoman Firearms.
33: Turning Point: Fail-Safe Guns.
34: Early Percussion Guns.
35: The Age of Change: 1830–80.
36: Percussion-Cap Pistols.
37: American Percussion-Cap Revolvers.
38: Showcase: Colt Navy Revolver.
39: British Percussion-Cap Revolvers.
40: Great Gunsmiths: Colt.
41: Muskets and Rifles (1831–52).
42: Turning Point: Practical Rifles.
43: Showcase: Enfield Rifled Musket.
44: Muskets and Rifles (1853–70).
45: Showcase: Le Page Sporting Gun.
46: Visual Tour: Dreyse Needle-Fire Rifle.
47: Breech-Loading Carbines.
48: Turning Point: Self-Contained Cartridges.
49: Single-Shot Breech-Loading Rifles.
50: Manually Operated Repeating Rifles.
51: Great Gunsmiths: Winchester.
52: Breech-Loading Shotguns.
53: Sporting Rifles.
54: Metallic-Cartridge Pistols (1853–70).
55: Metallic-Cartridge Revolvers (1871–79).
56: Great Gunsmiths: Smith and Wesson.
57: Muzzle-Loading Artillery.
58: Breech-Loading Artillery.
59: Early Machine-Guns.
60: Visual Tour: Gatling Gun.
61: A World in Conflict: 1880–1945.
62: Turning Point: Smokeless Powder.
63: Manually Operated Repeating Rifles (1880–88).
64: Manually Operated Repeating Rifles (1889–93).
65: Manually Operated Repeating Rifles (1894–95).
66: Great Gunsmiths: Lee-Enfield.
67: Manually Operated Repeating Rifles (1896–1905).
68: Manually Operated Repeating Rifles (1906–16).
69: Manually Operated Repeating Rifles (1917–45).
70: Rifles for Special Purposes.
71: Center-Fire Revolvers.
72: Great Gunsmiths: Mauser.
73: Self-Loading Pistols (1893–1900).
74: Self-Loading Pistols (1901–24).
75: Showcase: Luger Lange P.08 Pistol.
76: Great Gunsmiths: Beretta.
77: Self-Loading Pistols (1925–45).
78: Self-Loading Rifles.
79: Showcase: Colt Model 1911.
80: Great Gunsmiths: Browning.
81: Combat and Police Shotguns.
82: Turning Point: Machine-Guns.
83: Recoil-Operated Machine-Guns (1884–95).
84: Recoil-Operated Machine-Guns (1896–1917).
85: Recoil-Operated Machine-Guns (1918–45).
86: Gas-Operated Machine-Guns.
87: Heavy Machine-Guns (1900–10).
88: Heavy Machine- Guns (1911–45).
89: Light Machine-Guns (1902–15).
90: Light Machine- Guns (1916–25).
91: Light Machine-Guns (1926–45).
92: European Submachine- Guns (1915–38).
93: European Submachine- Guns (1939–45).
94: American Submachine-Guns (1920–45).
95: Showcase: Thompson Submachine-Gun Model 1928.
96: Self-Loading and Fully Automatic Rifles.
97: Artillery (1885–96).
98: Artillery (1897–1911).
99: Special-Purpose Guns.
100: Spy and Covert Forces Guns.
101: Sporting and Hunting Firearms.
102: Artillery (1914–36).
103: Artillery (1939–45).
104: Antitank Artillery.
105: Antiaircraft Guns.
106: Man-Portable Antitank Weapons (1930 –39).
107: Man-Portable Antitank Weapons (1940 –42).
108: The Modern Era 1945–Present Day.
109: Self-Loading Rifles.
110: Turning Point: Assault Rifles.
111: Assault Rifles (1947–75).
112: Showcase: AK47.
113: Assault Rifles (1976–Present).
114: Sniper Rifles (Bolt Action).
115: Sniper Rifles (Self-Loading).
116: Great Gunsmiths: Heckler and Koch.
117: Light Machine- Guns (1945–65).
118: Light Machine-Guns (1966–Present).
119: Modern Revolvers.
120: Self-Loading Pistols (1946–80).
121: Self-Loading Pistols (1981–90).
122: Self-Loading Pistols (1991–Present).
123: Submachine-Guns (1946–65).
124: Submachine-Guns (1966–Present).
125: Showcase: Mac M-10.
126: Hunting Rifles (Bolt Action).
127: Hunting Rifles (Other Types).
128: Double-Barreled Shotguns.
129: Shotguns (Repeating and Self-Loading).
130: Improvised Arms.
131: Great Gunsmiths: Steyr-Mannlicher.
132: Specialized and Multipurpose Arms.
133: Grenade-Launchers.
134: Recoil-Less Antitank Weapons.
135: Modern Artillery (1946–Present).
136: Disguised Firearms.
137: How Guns Work: Before the 19th Century.
138: How Guns Work: From the 19th Century.
139: Ammunition Before 1900.
140: Ammunition After 1900.
Glossary.
Index.
Acknowledgments.