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GUNS OF THE OLD WEST Originally written in the 1950s, Guns of the Old West is a factual account of the guns used during, and after, one of the most romanticized and often misconstrued periods in American history. It covers a wide array of firearms, from the smallest of hideaway pistols the Derringer to the largest of Colt's single-action revolvers, the more recent Mauser "broomhandle," and the Colt 1911 auto pistol.Illustrated throughout, Guns of the Old West describes not only the evolution of fighting pistols and rifles during the 1800s and before, but also the men who created and used them. Of particular interest is the chapter titled "Frontier Life Insurance" that defines the code by which men lived and fought with their pistols. It was a time when the handgun was both a defensive and offensive weapon, much more than today, when it is considered mainly for defense. The chapter on "The Long Guns" covers the development of frontier rifles, from the famous Kentucky rifle of the plains and the mountain man's Hawken to the ever-popular Winchester lever actions. NOTE: We decided to reprint these books as they appeared a half century ago, recognizing that the original quality of the printed matter and the photographs and illustrations does not meet our usual high standards for publication. We feel that making this information available again outweighs any production shortcomings.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:The late Jeff Cooper was one of the true pioneers of weaponcraft in the United States. His numerous accomplishments include founder of Gunsite Ranch, editor at large of Guns & Ammo magazine, winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner award in 1995, Rangemaster Emeritus of the U.S. Practical Shooting Association and long-time member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. ISBN: 1-58160-682-6 publish date: 02/28/2009
Binding Type: Softcover
ISBN: 1-58160-682-6
Author: Jeff Cooper

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