CHUCK WILLS    Book Number: 86123    Product format: Paperback

"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun" said Mao Zedong. From the first firearms to semiautomatic weapons, this photographic history of civilisation is seen through the world's deadliest firearms. Here are the stories and milestones of development from single-shot smoothbores to machine guns, on people significant to the development and advancement of weapons technology or military strategy. Spanning a period close to 4,000 years, ranging from Ancient Greece to World War Two, from the Crusades to the US Civil War, here are diverse treasures including the travelling pistols of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, a Royal Persian scimitar with 1,295 rose-cut diamonds and rubies, and a single 11-carat emerald set in gold, first owned by Shah Abbas I of Persia and given in tribute to Catherine the Great. Here are the weapons innovators including Alexander Forsyth, Eliphalet Remington, Samuel Colt, Sergei Mosin, the Mauser Brothers, Hiram Maxim, John Browning, Richard Gatling, John T. Thompson, John Garland, Fedor Tokarev, Oliver Winchester and Mikhail Kalashnikov. There are specialised weapons of WWII like the double-barrelled German flare pistol, rifles like the M1 Garand, a huge success on the battlefield, gas masks and bayonets, Enfields and weapons of deception like an umbrella gun, a swagger stick gun, and a walking stick gun. Of extraordinary beauty is something like the Williams & Powell revolver, a five-shot double-action revolver made in Liverpool in the late 19th century. Very elegant is the .69 US Army Springfield musket and some 30,000 were made between 1835 and 1844. Pictured is a bronze artillery cannon and British carbine, and a rare set of Belgian made percussion .44 duelling pistols with hand guards over the lock and trigger. 148pp measuring just over 8" x 11" in softback.
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ISBN 9781510720749
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