AR 15 Vol 3. Sweeney
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The Master of the AR-15 Has Done It Again!
The AR-15 has become America's favorite rifle-and no one knows it better than Patrick Sweeny. Now, in Volume 3 of his best-selling series on the AR, Sweeney unlocks the mysteries behind the piston AR. From factory-stock rifles to do-it-yourself conversions, if there's anything you want to know about the latest generation of the AR-15s, you'll find it in Gun Digest® Book of The AR-15, Volume 3.
It's All Here!
Conversions from direct impingement to piston operation
New manufacturers: H&K, Sun Devil, CMMG, among others
Magazines and other accessories
And much, much more!
Whether you're buying your first AR or building one from the ground up, there's no better reference than Sweeney's AR series from Gun Digest® Books. And now, with Gun Digest® Book of The AR-15, Volume 3, you too, will be an expert on the most popular rifle in America!
The Ferguson Rifle: Could have changed the American Revolution. Jarvis
From demonstrating his rifle in front of King George III in October, 1776, to his death at the Battle of Kings Mountain, author Tim L. Jarvis tells the story of Patrick Ferguson and his patented breech loading rifle known as the Ferguson Rifle. The author provides facts, based off of original primary source documentation, as well as his own personal experiences with his own reproduction Ferguson Rifle. The different theories surrounding the eventual disbandment of the rifle, the rifle's dominant impact at the Battle of Brandywine Creek, and the potentially fateful encounter Ferguson had with, who he believed to be, General Washington are all included within the chapters of this book. The Ferguson Rifle is an important, but often untold story that is part of the war that made America. The author explains why, he believes, the Ferguson Rifle could have had a much larger impact and how it could have changed the American Revolution.
The Queen Anne Pistol 1600-1780. Burgoyne.
The purpose of this book is to fill a gap in the arms literature and to trace the development of the design and decoration of a uniquely English type of pistol known colloquially as the Queen Anne or, more correctly, as the turn-off pistol. This distinctive breech-loading arm was developed in the middle years of the 17th century but found popularity during the reign of the monarch (1702-1714) by whose name it is known. It continued to be made until about 1780. With a comprehensive text and almost 200 illustrations, the styles and decoration from the mid 17th century, through the baroque and rococo designs imported from France that were adapted by English gunmakers, to produce a particularly accurate and distinctive pistol.
Westley Richards 1812 - 1913. Taylor
Reprint of 1913 brief History
A brief history of Westley Richards from 1812-1912 by Leslie B. Taylor
Leslie B Taylor (1863-1930) was a great pioneer in sporting guns, rifles and ballistics during what many consider to be the Golden Age of Gunmaking. He spent his entire working life at Westley Richards and amongst other things saw the titanic transition from black powder to nitro powder which in itself revolutionized gun and in particular rifle ballistics and development.
This book provides an official account of the personal characteristics and business qualifications of the successive heads of the Westley Richards Firm.
Pattern Dates for British Ordnance Small Arms. 1718-1783. Bailey
A heavily illustrated guide to pistols, carbines, rifles, and muskets carried by British soldiers sent to North America in the 1700s. With detailed descriptions of all hardware, markings, and measurements this book provides a system for identifying these firearms. A excellent book for those interested in Brown Bess Muskets. has tear to cover.
The Birmingham Gun Trade. Williams
Birmingham has been a key innovator in the gun trade since the seventeenth century and the Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof house operates to this day. Between 1855 and 1861 six million arms were testing and proofed here - many of them destined for the USA. Those who worked in the Birmingham Gun Quarter were at the forefront of this incredible industry. This book tells the story of the technology and history of gun making. Covering the period 1720 to 1950, it sees the mechanical engineering technology of the 'lock, stock and barrel' firearm change significantly. David Williams, an engineer and academic, has studied the battle between the manual processes of manufacturing using the dexterity of many pople and the clumsy but tireless machine, and here examines this complex relationship in gunmaking, paying particular attention to interchangeable military firearms manufacture and the growth and decline of the Birmingham military and sporting gun trade. Accompanied by over 130 illustrations, "The Birmingham Gun Trade" is more than a narrative of gunmaking in Birmingham through the years: it is a thoughtful comment on craft skills, the use of machines and, most significant of all, the effect of having changing technologies on people's jobs, livelihoods and locations.
The British Bulldog Revolver. Layman
THE BRITISH BULLDOG REVOLVER; The Forgotten Gun that Really Won the West
Generations of Hollywood Westerns have led us to believe that the Colt Single Action Army was the "Gun That Won the West." But could the real honors belong to an inexpensive, yet powerful pocket revolver that is only now beginning to be appreciated by historians and collectors? In this long-awaited new collector's guide, noted author George Layman tells us the true story behind these diminutive, yet devastating, weapons. Perhaps ten times as popular as the Colt and Smith & Wesson combined, "British Bull Dog" revolvers were first introduced by Philip Webley & Co., but were soon duplicated by the American gun manufacturing giant Forehand & Wadsworth and countless Belgian copyists. Far from being uninteresting and identical, these pistols exist today in almost limitless variety. Learn how to identify rarities and valuable variations, including prices that should be expected for each type. Also, learn which models were carried most in the West by riverboat gamblers, soiled doves and gold miners. Even "Billy the Kid" might have packed one! So while the gun may have "British" in its name, the story is all American - and one that has remained untold until now. Introduction by renowned author Norm Flayderman.
British Boxlock Gun and Rifle. Hadoke
Explores the era in which the Anson & Deeley boxlock, the first truly successful hammerless gun, emerged. Learn how to evaluate a boxlock's age, origin, original quality, handling characteristics, value, & history, & the book gives tips on intended use, maintenance, & working principles. Colour & B&W photos; 224 pgs.
The boxlock is largely dismissed in shooting circles as a "trade gun"-a mid-to-low grade tool that is worthy but dull. Few people appreciate the boxlock's excellence in terms of its mechanical simplicity, reliability, and safety; this is a wonderful Victorian invention with numerous derivatives. The boxlock has been produced in greater quantities as both shotgun and rifle than any other single break-open, sporting-gun design-in all qualities-for over 130 years, and it is still going strong.
This book explores the era in which the Anson & Deeley boxlock, the first truly successful hammerless gun, emerged. It illuminates the inventors who developed the idea and outlines the types of boxlock actions that were adopted by the major British firms. Any shooter interested in British guns, be they boxlock or otherwise, will discover much here.
British Boxlock Gun & Rifle will open the eyes of both the casual reader and the gun enthusiast to the variety and beauty of this unsung hero of the sporting field.
High-quality color pictures were used throughout a concisely written text, and the book was printed on large paper, enabling the collector, shooter, or potential buyer to appreciate clear details of the guns. The book's goal is to let those interested in the boxlock know that he holds in his hand not "just another boring boxlock," but a fine sporting gun with a proud history.
The Brown Bess. Goldstein, Mowbray
THE BROWN BESS. An Identification Guide and Illustrated Study of Britain's Most Famous Musket
Erik Goldstein and Stuart Mowbray
A pattern-by-pattern, full-color guide to the muskets of the Red Coats!
Learn to identify and understand Brown Bess muskets quickly and easily.
Useful features include:
• quick identification guide
• 959 detailed photographs
• straightforward explanation of common Brown Bess markings
• illustrated bayonet guide
The Classic British Rook and Rabbit Rifle. Greenwood
Fascinating book traces the history of rook rifles from their beginnings in the late 1860s to the period between the 1880s & 1910 when they were in their heyday. It also considers their decline in the period between 1910 & 1930s where they were displaced by cheap but efficient .22 rimfire rifles. 292 Color & B&W photos; 200 pgs.
In the late nineteenth & early twentieth centuries the rook & rabbit rifle was one of the mainstays of British gun making, & were produced by every gun maker of note, although very little has been written about them.
This fascinating book traces the history of rook rifles from their beginnings in the late 1860s to the period between the 1880s & 1910 when they were in their heyday. It also considers their decline in the period between 1910 & 1930s where they were displaced by cheap but efficient .22 rimfire rifles.
It illustrates the full range of rook rifles from those that were basic & functional to those that were supreme examples of the gun maker’s art. Wherever possible the author seeks to establish who actually made the rifles. Well illustrated with over 290 photographs, some in full color, this is essential reading for gun collectors, gun makers & those interested in firearms & their history.
Hammer Guns: In Theory and Practice. Hadoke.
Collecting, maintaining, and shooting classic firearms.
Vintage gun expert Diggory Hadoke (author of Vintage Guns for the Modern Shot and The British Boxlock Gun & Rifle) has now produced a major work on the subject for which he is best known: the hammer gun. With a fascinating mixture of historical analysis, practical application, and personal reflection, he makes a robust case for the Victorian hammer gun as the finest sporting gun available today, just as it was a century ago.
The reader will discover all that is worth knowing about the subject: how the guns were devised, crafted, and used, how they were perfected, and how they work. Modern applications are given equal weight to historical ones, and subjects such as the selection of suitable ammunition, stripping, refurbishing, and customizing will prove invaluable to anyone contemplating taking a hammer gun into the field and using it as they would a modern gun.
This is the fullest and most practical account of the development of the breech-loading centre-fire hammer gun and its many variations yet written, with a guide for owners and collectors that will prove invaluable when buying and maintaining their guns.
The British Falling Block Breechloading Rifle from 1865. Kirton.
Secondhand, VG Condition. Small bump to spine top.
History and more about this type of rifle. The mechanical and artistic details are full illustrated in the patent drawings and photographs gathered from around the world. Also includes biographies of inventors and makers as well as listings of the rifles by each producer.
Thomas Horsley. Gunmaker of York. Baker
Published by the author. 2006 1st edition. Large 4to. Pp207. Colour & b/w photographs, line illustrations, bibliography.
"'All the gentlemen in Yorkshire shoot with Horsley guns': so wrote a correspondent to the Field in the late 1860's. This was no idle boast. A glance at the gun sales register of the time reveals a list of purchasers that reads like a Who was Who of Yorkshire". Detailed account of the life and career of one of the nineteenth century's most notable gunmakers. Ever innovative, Horsley registered a number of significant patents in the nineteenth century, expiring only in the 1950's. "In so many ways, Horsley's story represents that of the English gun trade in miniature".
The Midland Gun Company. A Short History. Smith
Guy N. Smith first wrote for the sporting press in 1963 and over the ensuing years contributed many articles to ‘The Gamekeeper & Countryside’, ‘Shooting Times’ and several other publications. For sixteen years he was Gun Editor of ‘The Countryman’s Weekly’. He has published 10 shooting and countryside related books along with over 100 works of fiction.
His fascination with the legendary Midland Gun Company began in 1957 when he accompanied his father to the firm’s 77 Bath Street factory to buy a gun. Four years later he had a shotgun built by this company to his own specifications.
From then on he became an avid collector of Midland guns and cartridges and in 2016 he had the opportunity to register himself as the owner of the Midland Gun Company name. It was a proud moment and his next step was to attempt to unravel the history of the Midland, no easy task as no records existed. It was, though, a labour of love.
British Military Flintlock Rifles. 1710-1810 Bailey
BRITISH MILITARY FLINTLOCK RIFLES 1740–1840
De Witt Bailey, Ph.D.
Historians have always been intrigued by Riflemen and the special weapons that they carried. This fascination even extends to the general public, as can be seen by the popularity of such books and television shows as Sharpe's Rifles.
Unfortunately, until now there has been little solid information available about the rifles themselves and which units carried them into battle. In this exciting new book, respected author De Witt Bailey will answer all of these questions and more! Starting with the Seven Years War, he tells the whole story right through the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Age and to the end of the flintlock era. Each rifle is illustrated (exactly where it is discussed in the text) in truly exceptional photographs, 320 in all, with the important details shown in large, clear close-ups.
The types of rifles covered are too many to list, but include such famous weapons as the Ferguson, the Pattern 1776 and the rifles used by German mercenaries and royalists in the American Revolution. Naturally, a large portion of the book is dedicated to the most famous British flintlock rifle of them all - the Baker.
No matter whether you are interested in military history, marksmanship in the British Army, accoutrements and ammunition, or flintlock rifles themselves, this book will be sure to thrill you. Even such unexpected topics as the rifles given as gifts to American Indians in British service are carefully explained and illustrated. And it is all documented by decades of archival research and the inspection of countless surviving rifles throughout the English-speaking world. Whether you are a military historian eager to learn about the exciting story of Riflemen in the British service, or an antique firearms enthusiast who needs help identifying a rifle in his collection, this book will quickly become one of your most trusted references.
Vintage British Shotguns. Wieland
This authoritative guide to British-made shotguns looks at individual makers, their products, and the selling points of particular guns. In some cases Wieland also notes negative points or product limitations. While the book will be welcomed by gun collectors worldwide, it is particularly useful to those who are curious about British makers whose production was or is substantial enough that their guns would have crossed the pond into North America.
British Single Shot Rifle. Rook, Rabbit and Miniature Rifles. Winfer, Rowe.
BRITISH SINGLE SHOT RIFLES, Vol. VII (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VIII)
Rook, Rabbit & Miniature Rifles, Early Types & Hammer Models
Wal Winfer & Tom Rowe
Book one of a two-volume set that chronicles, in great detail, the story of the most popular of all the single shot rifles. These are the early models, air, percussion, needle fire and the centre hammer types.
Rigby. A Grand Tradition. Helsley, Sanger, Calabi
No one knows when the first Rigby gun was fired, or who shot it. The company says that it opened for business in 1735. The oldest remaining records show that, by 1781, John Rigby & Co. was an established maker of fine arms from shotguns to pistols to blunderbusses and rifles. And in the years that followed, Rigby rifles would become the trademark weapons of well-to-do British explorers and discerning sportsmen the world over: not only were they used to shoot skeet in England, but they led hunters, colonists, and soldiers through the jungles of India and Africa and the plains of the western United States (Custer had one).
Rigby is now the world’s oldest gun manufacturer, with a history spanning four centuries. Its guns have played leading roles in the lives of characters like Jim Corbett, the British hunter who used his Rigby to kill man-eating tigers in India; Fateh Singh, 31st Maharana of Udaipur, who owned sixteen bespoke Rigby rifles; and Carl Mannerheim, who led the Finnish military during World War II and hunted large game with his Rigby .350. During the first shooting contest between the United States and another country, in 1874, the Irish team used Rigby muzzle-loaders and the Americans Remingtons and Sharps (the Irish lost by three points, but rallied at an identical competition a week later, winning by six, with John Rigby himself shooting the best of all).
Silvio Calabi, Steve Helsley, and Roger G. Sanger—authors of Hemingway’s Guns—combed through years of John Rigby & Co.’s records to write their new book, Rigby: A Grand Tradition, a comprehensive history of the legendary gunmakers and their larger-than-life clients. Its size and beautiful, full-page photographs make it look like a coffee-table book, but the information inside, which covers the history of the company and the evolution of its products, is substantial. Whether you’re a Rigby owner, a gun lover, or just a history buff, you’ll enjoy it.
The Best of British. Grant, Venters
Internationally renowned photographer Grant has photographed the best examples of contemporary British gunmaking, along with choice historical examples. Venters provides detailed captions describing the guns & the craftsmen who built them. An appendix provides history & background on the various gunmakers & companies including contact information.
# A glimpse at guns masterfully crafted & rarely seen
# Examples from the leading British gunmakers: David MacKay Brown, Purdey, Holland & Holland, Boss, Greener, Peter Nelson, Westley Richards,William Powell, David Sinnerton
# An exquisite presentation documents the renaissance of quality sporting guns & the revival of the gunmakers who craft them
Internationally renowned photographer David Grant has photographed the best examples of contemporary British gunmaking, along with choice historical examples. Vic Venters provides detailed captions describing the guns & the craftsmen who built them. An appendix provides history & background on the various gunmakers & companies including contact information.
British Single Shot Rifles. Jefferys and the Trade Farquharsons. Winfer
BRITISH SINGLE SHOT RIFLES, Vol. III
Jeffery and the Trade Farquharsons with Notes on Nitro Cartridges
In this third volume, Wal Winfer relates the intriguing story of W.J. Jeffery and the Trade Farquharsons. He chronicles Jeffery's reintroduction of the Farquharsons in England. Also includes notes on Nitro Cartridges.
British Shotgun Vol 2 1871 - 1890. Cudgington, Baker
The British Shotgun, Volume Two 1871-1890 is the second volume of the definitive work on the evolution and manufacture of the British shotgun—a superb example of the British heritage of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and artistry.
The main purpose of the book is to provide the reader with a reference tool so that any British-made shotgun of the period can be identified and its place in the evolution of the gun understood. Experts in the subject, Ian Crudgington and David Baker have extensively researched the developments of the period by a careful investigation of the records of the Patent Office, which is the only reliable contemporary guide to what would otherwise be a daunting mass of material. In addition, they studied the records of the time, both magazines and booka. Quotations from these sources provide informative background material and add to the atmosphere of the book. Of even greater importance has been the study of actual surviving guns, both from the authors' own collections and those of friends at home and abroad.
Where possible, the authors have shot with the guns concerned and this aspect has yielded valuable insight into how practical developments evolved. This very important period covered by the book includes almost all of the features introduced in the side-by-side shotgun we know today.
British Single Shot Rifle. Westley Richards. Winfer Vol 4
BRITISH SINGLE SHOT RIFLES, Vol. IV (I, II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII )
Westley Richards & Co., Patentees & Gun Manufacturers, Birmingham
Westley Richards was the leader in British breech-loading single shot development. Their early designs predated both the paper cartridge and coil case forms of the 1850-1860 period. Volume 4 describes in great detail Westley Richard's designs during the early breech-loading period. Much attention is given to the text and hundreds of photos and drawings of rifles, sights, reloading tools, and cartridges for all models.
British Single Shot Rifle. Webley, Kynoch & Eley. Winfer
BRITISH SINGLE SHOT RIFLES, Vol. VI
Webley, Kynock & Eley
The sixth volume of the series covers the Webley company, its history and the companies that were combined to make the firm. Also covered in detail are the rifles produced: the Scott-Field Webley-Wyley, Model of 1897 and the famous Model of 1902. Webley was, during the late 1800s and early 1900s the largest British manufacturer of sporting arms. This is not widely known because Webley was a wholesale maker and most of their production carries a retailer's name. This story and the various models, of single shot rifles that Webley produced will be studied in detail.
The remaining sections of this volume cover a little know rifle, the Ingram-Coster of 1897 of which only one is known. The history of the two major makers of British ammunition. Eley and Kynock as well as their activities and developments from black powder days, through Cordite and its problems and the development of Nitro for black loads comprises the balance of the book. Also included is a large section devoted to additional information and corrections of material covered in the previous five volumes.
British Falling Block Breechloading Rifle from 1865. Kirton.
THE BRITISH FALLING BLOCK BREECHLOADING RIFLE FROM 1865
Jonathan G. Kirton
Tables of serial numbers on all makers. Thirty five years of collecting, researching and recording data from existing rifles, original manufactures, records and catalogues. It is based largely on the patents used by many of the original makers. Expanded and revised edition.
British Gunmakers Vol 1. Brown
For 200 years the gunmakers of London have enjoyed a worldwide reputation for the quality and reliability of their products. This first volume, originally published as London Gunmakers by the same author, has been revised and updated and chronicles the history of the London gun trade by gathering together in one volume the aggregate of surviving historical knowledge about the businesses large and small which between them made the London gun trade what it is. It provides an alphabetical list of all gunmakers and related trades giving their dates, addresses and changes, together with 48 individual histories. There is an alphabetical list of gunmakers' serial number records on a scale never previously achieved and various schedules list those individuals who have taken a leading part in the administration of the trade over the years. The author has also produced for the first time an alphabetical index of the brand names used by the various businesses in the London trade in respect of guns, rifles, cartridges and powders.
British Gunmakers Vol 2. Brown.
This all-new volume sets out the history of the Birmingham, Scottish and regional gunmakers and specialist trade workers throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries with individual histories of 60 businesses and where known,details of their serial number records, many of which have never been published before. Similarly there is an alphabetical listing of the businesses and individuals with their dates and addresses and separate listings of the brand names used by them and the patents they registered over the period together with additional information on proof marks.
With this book, read in conjunction with Volume One, the reader or scholar should be able to track down the history and likely age of practically any shotgun or rifle made by the gunmakers of England, Scotland and Wales since 1800.Illustrated throughout, this second volume completes this major Work and it will be an invaluable and definitive reference for any collector, shooting enthusiast, historian or gunmaker.
British Single Shot Rifle. Rook, Rabbit and Minature Rifles. Later types and hammerless. Winfer, Rowe
BRITISH SINGLE SHOT RIFLES, Vol. 8 (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII )
Rook, Rabbit & Miniature Rifles - later types and Hammerless Models
Wal Winfer & Tom Rowe
The completion of a two volume study of the British Rook, Rabbit & Miniature rifles. These rifles were the most common of all British rifles but have been little known until now. They were made in all grades from the cheapest models made on the continent to true gems of the gun maker's art. This volume covers the later types including the hammerless models, double rifles in rook calibers and Martinis. Also included are the ammunition and loading tools used in these rifles as well as reloading and shooting the Rook rifle today.
The British Single Shot Rifle Holland & Holland's Cartridge Paradox. Winfer
BRITISH SINGLE SHOT RIFLES, Vol. V (I, II, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII)
Holland & Holland, Holland's Cartridges Paradox
The fifth volume of the series covers the activities of Henry John Holland and how from humble beginnings, developed a firm that is today, second to none. He started in 1835 and as his fame grew he turned his attention to building guns for the top end of the London market. Holland had little interest in target rifles, devoting his efforts to building the highest quality sporting guns and rifles.