By Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William
During this publication, the writer, deadliest sniper in U.S. heritage tracks down and shoots the 10 most vital American firearms, from a flintlock rifle to a Colt revolver to the most recent high-tech weapon he used as a army SEAL. He makes use of those weapons as a window on usa heritage, making the sweeping argument that the yank tale has been tied to and formed via the gun. He revisits turning issues in American history, together with the only sniper shot that became the tide of the progressive warfare, the firearms that proved decisive within the Civil War's Batlte of Gettysburg, the "gun that received the West," and the weapon that gave U.S. squaddies an aspect in global conflict I and international struggle II, and past. this can be additionally the tale of the way firearms innovation, creativity, and commercial genius has always driven American historical past, and gear forward. Read more...
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One of my proudest possessions is a replica Peacemaker—the famous Colt revolver that defined the Wild West. Take that bad boy in your hand and you’re transported back a hundred and fifty years. There’s a saying that to really know someone you have to walk a mile in their shoes. I’d add that to really know our ancestors, we have to put on more than their shoes, which were generally poor-fitting and leaky. Hitch a plow to an ox and work a field for a few hours, and you come away with a whole new appreciation for what your great-great-grandpa did come spring on the Ohio frontier.
Some one hundred and fifty sharpshooting riflemen from Georgia and the Carolinas scattered in swamps and behind trees, guerrilla-style. Following Morgan’s plan, they opened fire individually at the advancing British from close range, with special attention given to the officers. Then, having blooded the enemy, they broke off and ran uphill toward the American lines, re-forming to commence long-range fire. With their slow reloading time and lack of bayonets, these soldiers had a special incentive to try to avoid close contact with the British regulars toting bayonet-tipped muskets.
Chris and I loved visiting historical sites, and he would spend hours delving into many different aspects of America’s past. His face would light up with reverence and appreciation as he shared stories about the Rough Riders and the Texas Rangers lawmen. That passion was one reason he was inspired to write American Gun. Chris was so excited to share stories in his new book about individuals whose sacrifices and strength changed history. He often surprised people with his knowledge. He was incredibly intelligent, but liked to keep that fact close to the vest.
American gun : a history of the U.S. in ten firearms by Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William