American Rifle

American Rifle

Abraham Lincoln shot them on the White House lawn. And Teddy Roosevelt had his specially customized. Now, in this first-of-its-kind book, historian Alexander Rose delivers a colorful, engrossing biography of an American icon: the rifle.

Author: Alexander Rose

Publisher: Delacorte Press

ISBN: 9780440338093

Category: History

Page: 512

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George Washington insisted that his portrait be painted with one. Daniel Boone created a legend with one. Abraham Lincoln shot them on the White House lawn. And Teddy Roosevelt had his specially customized. Now, in this first-of-its-kind book, historian Alexander Rose delivers a colorful, engrossing biography of an American icon: the rifle. Drawing on the words of soldiers, inventors, and presidents, based on extensive new research, and encompassing the Revolution to the present day, American Rifle is a balanced, wonderfully entertaining history of this most essential firearm and its place in American culture. In the eighteenth century American soldiers discovered that they no longer had to fight in Europe’s time-honored way. With the evolution of the famed “Kentucky” Rifle—a weapon slow to load but devastatingly accurate in the hands of a master—a new era of warfare dawned, heralding the birth of the American individualist in battle. In this spirited narrative, Alexander Rose reveals the hidden connections between the rifle’s development and our nation’s history. We witness the high-stakes international competition to produce the most potent gunpowder . . . how the mysterious arts of metallurgy, gunsmithing, and mass production played vital roles in the creation of American economic supremacy . . . and the ways in which bitter infighting between rival arms makers shaped diplomacy and influenced the most momentous decisions in American history. And we learn why advances in rifle technology and ammunition triggered revolutions in military tactics, how ballistics tests—frequently bizarre—were secretly conducted, and which firearms determined the course of entire wars. From physics to geopolitics, from frontiersmen to the birth of the National Rifle Association, from the battles of the Revolution to the war in Iraq, American Rifle is a must read for history buffs, gun collectors, soldiers—and anyone who seeks to understand the dynamic relationship between the rifle and this nation’s history.
Categories: History

Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

A commercially produced flintlock Jäger(hunting) rifle made in about 1740 by Ambrose Frelig. ... Secondly, American rifles were not equipped with any form of bayonet, making the riflemen vulnerable to a sudden frontal attack, ...

Author: Martin Pegler

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472815927

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 80

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At the outset of the American Civil War, the Union Army's sharpshooters were initially equipped with the M1855 Colt revolving rifle, but it was prone to malfunction. Instead, the North's sharpshooters preferred the Sharps rifle, an innovative breech-loading weapon capable of firing up to ten shots per minute – more than three times the rate of fire offered by the standard-issue Springfield .58-caliber rifled musket. Other Union sharpshooters were equipped with the standard-issue Springfield rifled musket or the .56-56-caliber Spencer Repeating Rifle. Conversely, the Confederacy favoured the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifled musket for its sharpshooters and also imported from Britain the Whitworth Rifle, a .45-caliber, single-shot, muzzle-loading weapon distinguished by its use of a twisted hexagonal barrel. Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this is the engrossing story of the innovative rifles that saw combat in the hands of sharpshooters on both sides during the Civil War.
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles

The American Rifle

The American Rifle

Author: Emerson Hough

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:11088810

Category: Firearms

Page: 17

View: 668

Categories: Firearms

American Rifle Design and Performance

American Rifle Design and Performance

A comprehensive and lucid guide to what happens inside a rifle when the trigger is pulled, why it happens, and what happens to the bullet in flight and upon impact.

Author: Louis Robert Wallack

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000029330607

Category: Rifles

Page: 213

View: 156

A comprehensive and lucid guide to what happens inside a rifle when the trigger is pulled, why it happens, and what happens to the bullet in flight and upon impact.
Categories: Rifles

The American Rifle

The American Rifle

A Treatise, a Text Book, and a Book of Practical Instruction in the Use of the Rifle Townsend Whelen. CHAPTER III THE NOMENCLATURE AND CLASSIFICATION OF AMERICAN RIFLES THE American nomenclature and classification of rifles and rifle ...

Author: Townsend Whelen

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B40881

Category: Rifle practice

Page: 637

View: 785

Categories: Rifle practice

The American Rifle

The American Rifle

Author: Townsend Whelen

Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433038543439

Category: Rifle practice

Page: 637

View: 801

Categories: Rifle practice

The American Monthly Review of Reviews

The American Monthly Review of Reviews

Springfield at 53 feet , 54.7 inches of pine ; The rifle shield , consisting of steel plate one . ... the long - range American rifle , in the destroyed , —the lead is fused and the steel casing hands of the Turks , first showed its ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: PRNC:32101076404746

Category: Periodicals

Page:

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Categories: Periodicals

Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Transactions of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Lantern slides showed details of the mechanism of modern types of rifles and ammunition , the results of target practice , and methods followed by marksmen in shooting . Mr. Fred J. Miller , Vice - President , presided .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: OSU:32435068836360

Category: Mechanical engineering

Page:

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Vols. 2, 4-11, 62-68 include the Society's Membership list; v. 55-80 include the Journal of applied mechanics (also issued separately) as contributions from the Society's Applied Mechanics Division.
Categories: Mechanical engineering