Lock, Stock, and Barrel: The Origins of American Gun Culture, 1st Edition

  • Clayton E. Cramer
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  • ISBN-10: 1440860386
  • ISBN-13: 9781440860386
  • DDC: 683.400973
  • 296 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released February 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Revisionist historians argue that American gun culture and manufacturing are relatively recent developments. They further claim that widespread gun violence was largely absent from early American history because guns of all types, and especially handguns, were rare before 1848. According to these revisionists, American gun culture was the creation of the first mass production gun manufacturers, who used clever marketing to sell guns to people who neither wanted nor needed them. However, as proven in this first scholarly history of gun culture<\Q> in early America, gun ownership and use have in fact been central to American society from its very beginnings. This book shows that gunsmithing and gun manufacturing were important parts of the economies of the colonies and the early republic and explains how the American gun industry helped to create our modern world of precision mass production and high wages for workers.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
A Note on Terminology.
1: Gun Culture in Colonial America, 1607–1775.
2: Counting Gunsmiths: Methodological Problems.
3: Colonial Gunsmiths and Manufacturers, 1607–1775.
4: Repairing Guns during the Revolutionary War, 1775–1783.
5: Gunmaking during the Revolutionary Era, 1775–1783.
6: Gun Culture in the Early Republic, 1783–1846.
7: Gun Manufacturing in the Early Republic, 1783–1846.
8: Federal Government Gun Contractors in the Early Republic, 1783–1846.
9: State Militia Gun Contractors in the Early Republic, 1783–1846.
10: How the American Gun Culture Changed the World, 1800–Present.
11: The Myth of 19th-Century Gun Marketing.
12: Postbellum Gun Culture, 1865–1930.
13: Modern Gun Culture, 1930–Present.
Epilogue: American Gun Culture: Transformative and Still Kicking.
Appendix A: Gunsmiths in Early America.
Appendix B: Partial List of Government Arms Contracts.
Appendix C: Glossary.
About the Author.