Guns Pollard's History of Firearms

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Pollard's History of Firearms

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9780025976306: Pollard's History of Firearms

Dust jacket notes: "First compiled in 1926, Major Hugh Pollard's A History of Firearms was the ultimate survey of firearms for decades. Now fully revised and rewritten by a distinguished group of internationally renowned experts, Pollard's History of Firearms stands alone as the indispensable reference for military and social historians, gun collectors, and firearm enthusiasts. It is now being published for the first time in the United States in this new edition. Pollard's History of Firearms details the evolution of virtually every aspect of military and sporting gun design, manufacture, and use, from medieval times to the present day. With special chapters on Scottish, Levantine, and Oriental firearms, and over 700 photographs and drawings, this magnificent volume is an invaluable source of the latest scholarship for all students of firearms. The book documents every step of the long climb from the first fearsome but crude siege guns, through the absurdly ornate huting pieces of kings, to the light-weight, rapid-fire assault weapons of modern warfare. The history begins with the shadowy origins of gunpowder in eleventh-century China, and follows its passage along Arab trade routes to Europe where, almost 700 years ago, it was first used as an explosive propellant. Chapters cover the entire range of firearms, from the original vase-shaped cannons depicted in the illuminated pages of ancient books, to Samuel Colt's revolutionary revolver of the 1830s, and finally to intimidating submachine-guns carried by the esecurity forces of the 1980s. Everyone with an interest in firearms will find the book unique in its exhaustive coverage."

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