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FAMOUS FIREARMS OF THE OLD WEST: FROM WILD BILL HICKOK'S COLT REVOLVERS TO GERONIMO'S WINCHESTER, TW
Author: Hal Herring
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Sep 2011
Life stories of a dozen actual pistols, rifles, & shotguns instrumental in shaping America?s history?using them as entr?es into the lives of the shooters themselves. Color photo insert; 7x9 inches, 224 pgs.
More than a few of the actual guns once in the hands of the heroes and villains of America?s Old West still exist, housed in a dozen museums across the country?from the Model 1866 .44-40 that Chief Joseph famously surrendered to General Miles (now on display in the National Museum of the American Indian) to Wild Bill Hickok?s Colt Model 1851 revolvers; from Buffalo Bill?s .50 caliber breechloading needlegun nicknamed ?Lucrezia Borgia? (the last pieces of which are housed in his eponymous museum in Cody) to John Wesley Hardin?s 1860 model .44 SA revolvers.
Famous Firearms of the Old West is a vivid portrait of famous Western characters, paired with the guns they used to make themselves famous or, as the case may be, infamous. It is a must for anyone interested in the history and lore of the Wild West, gun hobbyists, and tourists seeking a museum experience with a difference.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Hal Herring is a contributing editor at Field and Stream. His fiction, journalism, and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and Economist. He lives in Augusta, Montana.