The Narrative of William H. Bonney. Easterbrook
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Before you assume this as the same ole Billy The Kid story here me out. After reading, there are many details and research in this book that are not commonly known.
Before you assume this as the same ole Billy The Kid story hear me out. After reading, there's many details in this book that are not commonly known. For example there's an article from the New York Sun dated Sept. 10, 1876, where Billy ran into some trouble in, of all places, New York City. The article was researched as legit and in the original typeface. Also, the photo shown on the books cover is the only known photo of the Regulators all together. This book is a compilation of extenensive research by the authors/editor. The author and editor Russell Nelson is an avid BPCR shooter, buckskinner, and historian. Read more, you won’t be disappointed.
On July 14th, 1881, William H Bonney, famously known as the violent outlaw Billy the Kid, did not die by Sheriff Patrick Garrett's hand but instead lived out the rest of his days with many adventures. In his second chance at life in New Mexico he fought in the Apache Wars against Geronimo to later live out the rest his days as a family man, known for being a beloved father and husband.
How Billy the Kid Lived On: There are many conflicting theories of what really happened to Billy the Kid with the history books claiming him as a no good cattle rustler gunned down by the law on July 14th, 1881. This long developed project has been created by its passionate authors with combined decades of research of what really happened to the New Mexico's famous cowboy. This book does not give credit to those seeking fame off the back of a better man. This story has absolutely nothing to do with such fakes as Brushy Bill Roberts from Hico, Texas boasting as if he is Billy the Kid himself but instead a narrative written from the perspective of William H Bonney.
This book is written as two parts, with Part 1 reading as a truly accurate depiction of Billy the Kid's life. Bringing to life his adventures across the country evading the law from Arizona to Ireland and his dealings with a highly competitive, dangerous, and corrupt cattle rustling industry up to his alleged death. As for Part 2, the authors with their combined experience depict the life Billy the Kid found himself after the events of July 14th, 1881. From his involvement in the Lincoln County War and his relationships with other famous American idols. Famous frontiersmen such as Tom Horn and Wyatt Earp, as well as American leaders like General George Crook.
The FN-49: The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle. Johnsom
This revised and expanded second edition of The FN-49: The Last Elegant Old-World Military Rifle is the result of author Wayne Johnson’s continued and exhaustive study of the FN Model 1949 rifle. All chapters in the book have been updated and in some cases significantly expanded to reflect the results of Johnson’s additional research and data gathering over the last fifteen years since the release of the first edition. One new chapter and three new appendixes have been added, page count has increased from 200 to over 400, illustrations have increased from around 300 to over 1,000, and the book is now produced in an exciting new color format.
New FN-49 production data as well as many official period photos, provided by sources at FN, enhanced a number of chapters. Over fifty new period images of the FN-49 in action, most never-before published, have been added. The chapter covering the early self-loading rifles that preceded the FN-49 has nearly tripled in length and includes more than 70 images. A new addition is coverage of the various patents that were issued for these early FN self-loading rifles. The Special Rifles chapter has new photographs of unique FN-49s including a prototype sniper rifle, a cut-away, and an infrared night sight-equipped rifle.
The Sniper Rifle chapter has been considerably improved, now having more than 75 photographs and additional text, including coverage of the Luxembourg contract OIP scopes, long thought lost. Also included is a fascinating personal account of a sharpshooter that served in the Belgian Congo, documented by noted FN authority Anthony Vanderlinden. Also improved is the chapter on Chamberings, Ammunition, and Cartridge Clips that has new information, more photos, and a sidebar covering the test firing of some original-issue 1949 ammunition.
The chapter considered by some collectors to be the centerpiece of the book, the Parts Breakdown chapter, now has many more illustrative photographs along with expanded text describing every component part of the rifle. A new chapter has been added to cover the major contributing manufacturers: Herkner, Meopta, Mecar, and OIP; these companies were instrumental in adapting the FN-49 for the specialized roles of sniping and launching rifle grenades.
Another interesting addition is a detailed account of the importation of the Luxembourg contract rifles, including coverage of the agreement between the importer and the U.S. government regarding the modifications made to the selective-fire fire rifles to make them eligible for sale in the U.S. The Accessories chapter has been expanded to cover more of the attachments, tools, accessories, and technical information that were developed to support the use and maintenance of the rifle. Several new bayonet variations have been identified and are described. The Argentine chapter now includes an account of FN-49s serving in the Falklands war. And more.
This expanded second edition represents a major step forward in telling the story of this fascinating rifle and is a must-read for all FN-49 owners and collectors, FN enthusiasts in general, and for all people with an interest in learning more about the development, production, and military service of one of the last of the old-world, elegant, military rifles.