American Rifle: A Biography by Alexander Rose PDF

By Alexander Rose

ISBN-10: 0553384384

ISBN-13: 9780553384383

ISBN-10: 0553805177

ISBN-13: 9780553805178

ISBN-10: 1522695435

ISBN-13: 9781522695431

George Washington insisted that his portrait be painted with one. Daniel Boone created a legend with one. Abraham Lincoln shot them at the White condo garden. And Teddy Roosevelt had his particularly personalized.

Now, during this first-of-its-kind booklet, historian Alexander Rose can provide a colourful, engrossing biography of an American icon: the rifle. Drawing at the phrases of infantrymen, inventors, and presidents, in line with large new learn, and encompassing the Revolution to the current day, American Rifle is a balanced, splendidly wonderful background of this such a lot crucial firearm and its position in American tradition.

In the eighteenth century American infantrymen stumbled on that they now not needed to struggle in Europe’s widespread manner. With the evolution of the famed “Kentucky” Rifle—a weapon gradual to load yet devastatingly exact within the palms of a master—a new period of struggle dawned, heralding the start of the yankee individualist in conflict.

In this lively narrative, Alexander Rose finds the hidden connections among the rifle’s improvement and our nation’s heritage. We witness the high-stakes foreign festival to provide the main effective gunpowder . . . how the mysterious arts of metallurgy, gunsmithing, and mass construction performed very important roles within the construction of yankee financial supremacy . . . and the ways that sour infighting among rival hands makers formed international relations and motivated the main momentous judgements in American heritage. And we research why advances in rifle expertise and ammunition caused revolutions in army strategies, how ballistics tests—frequently bizarre—were secretly performed, and which firearms decided the process complete wars.

From physics to geopolitics, from frontiersmen to the beginning of the nationwide Rifle organization, from the battles of the Revolution to the battle in Iraq, American Rifle is a needs to learn for background buffs, gun creditors, soldiers—and someone who seeks to appreciate the dynamic dating among the rifle and this nation’s history.

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