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GUNS OF THE OLD WEST: AN ILLUSTRATED SURVEY OF THE GUNS THAT INFLUENCED THE PIONEERING ERA OF THE OLD WEST
by Boorman, Dean K.

Publisher: Lyons Press

Place Published: New York

Publish Date: 2002

Edition: First Edition

Description: The gun has long played a role in America's social and historical development, and understanding its part in the exploration and civilizing of the Old West is essential to any explanation of the continuing fascination with firearms. While their importance has often been obscured by an overexposure in movie and TV Westerns, as with all facets of historical and social expansion, guns were used for practical purposes rather than as symbols of power. Only later did the power of the pistol assume significance during the period when civilization imposed itself upon the so-called freedom of earlier days. In Guns of the Old West, Dean Boorman explains the development of the gun and its use in the Old West, from the early frontiersman using muskets for protection and hunting through its military service in the wars against Mexico and others, against Native American tribes, and by American against American in the bloody Civil War and range disputes, to its use by lawbreakers and law enforcers in developing towns and cities. Guns of the Old West is a fascinating story, told with great insight by an expert author who separates fact from fiction; it is enhanced with more than 150 magnificent pieces of art ranging from contemporary photographs to dramatic paintings, as well as carefully photographed artifacts. This book makes an appealing choice for armchair historians, collectors, or anybody who is interested in learning more about our American heritage. Dean K. Boorman is president of the Armor and Arms Club of New York, the "oldest club of collectors in the Western Hemisphere." He is also a longtime member of the prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors, and keeps several highly collectible Colts and Winchesters in his private collection. A well-known expert on various firearms, he has written for both the American Society of Arms Collectors and the Armor and Arms Club of New York, and is the author of well-received books on Winchester rifles and Colt firearms.144 pgs. ** Price Includes US Shipping ***** 2 left in stock ***

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: MINT
ID Number: 8503

Price: $39.95


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