This book discusses the critical events and discoveries that dominated the development of firearms, from the introduction of gunpowder to the West in 1258 to 1877. Particular attention is paid to Samuel Colt's invention of the world's first practical repeating firearm and the subsequent fight over the patent for the modern breech-loading revolver that was controlled by Smith & Wesson. Included are recently unearthed and startling revelations that will have historians reexamining much of what they thought they knew.
What they’re saying:
Dick Salzer, editor Arms Heritage Magazine. Unearthed and
told here is the sordid story of the legal tribulations between Rollin White,
Horace Smith, Daniel Wesson and the Colt Company, led at the time by Richard
Jarvis. Also, detailed are the history and variations of one of the most
underappreciated pistols in the Colt pantheon—the diminutive .22 caliber
“Open-top” revolver. This oft-ignored pistol has a surprising and important
role in the Colt story and best of all, decent specimens can still be purchased
at prices that don’t break the bank.
Kurt House, former editor The Rampant Colt. I heartily
recommend this book to the Colt collector, and indeed, to anyone interested in
the evolution of firearms in America.