By R. Bruce McDowell
This definitive paintings will take you contained in the heritage of yank revolver conversions from the traditional percussion (cap and ball) ammunition to the more moderen and swifter self-contained metal cartridges. Witness via never-before-released files, drawings and images a chain of occasions that modified American firepower. Step contained in the factories, museums and personal collections and observe how an easy alteration in notion ended in the layout of the recognized Colt unmarried motion military revolver, and finally to a flood of revolver conversions from 1868 to 1880. The tremendously particular images, drawings and technical standards supply crucial identity info. Distinguish among manufacturing unit conversions. Distinguish among manufacturing facility conversions and people made through deepest assets. writer Bruce McDowell brings years of exacting learn to this whole reference paintings on conversion Colts, Smith Wessons, Remingtons, and different significant revolver brands. the disclosing historic and technical details supplied during this crucial quantity fills in a formerly overlooked yet vitally important component to firearms background.
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A Study of Colt Conversions and Other Percussion Revolvers by R. Bruce McDowell