A Legacy in Arms
American Firearm Manufacture, Design, and Artistry, 1800–1900
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
In an account both entertaining and enlightening, Richard C. Rattenbury details the development of commercial arms making, from the genesis of the Kentucky rifle to the arms of such iconic manufacturers as Colt, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Sharps, Marlin, and Winchester. Into this narrative he weaves the particulars of design evolution and the impact of mass production via the “American System.” The accompanying photographs and illustrations stand as eloquent testimony to the range and richness of the gun maker's craft—and its rightful place in the story of American industry and culture.
“A good deal more than a nicely illustrated book about guns in American history, A Legacy in Arms perceptively integrates the technical and aesthetic dimensions of the subject and offers a compelling synthesis that will be of great interest to general readers, devoted collectors, and serious scholars.”—Merritt Roe Smith, author of Harpers Ferry Armory and the New Technology: The Challenge of Change