Gun Digest Book of Classic American Combat Rifles

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Krause Publications, Nov 22, 2011 - Antiques & Collectibles - 208 pages
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Great articles, written by great gun writers, about classic rifles!

The Gun Digest Book of Classic American Combat Rifles presents a unique compilation of articles on the greatest American combat rifles developed since 1776, and as they originally appeared in Gun Digest.

Since the first issue of Gun Digest in 1944, combat rifles have made regular appearances in the magazine, in articles on the romance, design, performance, historical, and technical significance—and even the shortcomings—of many rifles used by American troops in battle. Now, you can take a walk down memory lane, thru this volume of the best of these articles, written by the most respected writers working in the field during the second half of the 20th century:

  • On the Springfield rifle—Col. Townsend Whelen
  • On the rifles of World War II—Charles T. Haven
  • On the M-14—John Lachuk
  • On the AR-15/M16—Christopher R. Bartocci

Most shooters recognize names like Springfield, Colt, Armalite, Sharps, and Spencer. Those rifles made it to the top and stayed there, while many other rifle designs were tested and adopted by the U.S. military only to slide into historical oblivion. Yet all are part of the history of the American combat rifle, and you'll find these various type of rifles and their stories in this exciting book.

 

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Contents

References
Bibliography
1973The Rifles ofJames Paris Lee
Larry S Sterett
Sales to the Navy
Trials of 1891
Lee Straight Pull Rifles
First Official Clip Loader

Colonial Rifles
The Blockade Guns
The Patriots Pistols
The Gunpowder Shortage
Bibliography
1959Breechloadersin the Revolution
Jac Weller
Development of the Ferguson Rifle
Trials in the Highlands
Trial in Combat
Fergusons American Corps
Southern Campaign
Command in the Hill Country
Final Defeat
Ferguson the Man
THE CIVIL WARUP TO DURING AND AFTER
1998The Mississippi Rifle
1973The Guns ofJohn Brown
Louis W Steinwedel
Browns Personal Revolver
Brown Gets Rifles
Collectors Sharps
1961TheMinié Rifle
1971TheWhitworthRiflea great milestonein rifle history
First Whitworths
The Various Models
The Confederate Whitworth
Later Production
Whitworth Production and Serial Numbers
Whitworth Markings
1962Spencers Great7Shooter
Norman B Wiltesy
Spencers Patent
The Small Spencers
Spencer Calibers
Ripley Rejects the Spencer
Spencers in Action
Lincoln Shoots the Spencer
After Gettysburg
The War Ends
1957The GettysburgSharps
1995Johnny RebandHis Guns
2007MilitaryRolling Riflesof the Rarest Kind
George J Layman
The AustroHungarian Model Of 1866
The Danish Model 1867 96 05 Carbine
The Norwegian 186874 Konigsberg Rolling Block Rifle
The Belgian Nagant Model 1873 Dutch Carbine
A Mysterious Chinese Rolling Block Carbine
The Uruguayan 65 DaudeteauDoviitis Rolling Block Rifle
The US Model 1870 UruguayanHonduran Carbine Conversion
Whitney Rolling Block Rarities
RemingtonMade Rarities of both Black and Smokeless Powder Eras
BIBLIOGRAPHY
1961Days of theSpringfield
Col Townsend Whelen
Hunting
1972The Rifles ofJames Paris Lee
Early Venture
Lees First Contract
Contract Troubles
Lees Claim Settled
The Pilot Rifle
LEE PAT JAMES PARISS LEE 1862 STEVENS POINT WIS
LEES FIRE ARMS CO MILWAUKEE WIS PAT JULY 22 1862
Rare Lee Design
Unique Mainspring
1872 Trials
1875 Design Fails
1879 Bolt Action
The Lee Arms Co Bridgeport Conn USA Patented Nov 4th 1879
Last Lee Patent
The 1899 Straight Pull
New TurnBolt Rifle
Model 1899 Sporters
English Beginnings
Further English Trials
Setback and Success
Changes Changes
The SMLE
Hythe and Enfield Tests
Advent of the Rifle No 1
Disassembly
References
Photo Credits
1975The 1903 Springfield
The Early Models
The Pedersen Device
Type C Stocks
Two Million A3s
TargetSporter Models
The Springfield Sporter
Springfield Model 1903 Cal 3006
The Model 1922
1994The Action that Served Two Armies
Wilfrid W Ward
Wilfrid W Ward 19311992
Acknowledgements
Footnotes
WORLD WAR II
1946Military Small Arms of World War II
Cartridge Characteristics
US Weapons
Weapons of Our Allies
Weapons of the Axis
MILITARY SMALL ARMSPISTOLS ¼ ACTUAL SIZE
MILITARY PISTOLS and REVOLVERS¼ ACTUAL SIZE
MILITARY SMALL ARMSRIFLES⅛ ACTUAL SIZE
MILITARY SMALL ARMSRIFLES⅛ ACTUAL SIZE
MILITARY RIFLES and CARBINES⅛ ACTUAL SIZE
AMERICAN and ENGLISH SUBMACHINE GUNS⅛ ACTUAL SIZE
GERMAN SUBMACHINE GUNS⅛ ACTUAL SIZE
LIGHT MACHINE GUNS⅛ ACTUAL SIZE
EUROPEAN MILITARY CARTRIDGESACTUAL SIZE
MILITARY PISTOL and REVOLVER CARTRIDGESACTUAL SIZE
1993The 30 Carbine
1996World War IIs Snipers and Sniper Rifles
VIETNAM
1967Guns of Vietnam
Col Jim Crossman
The New Weapons
Sniper Rifles
NewOld Mortars
Airborne Ground Weapons
1965The M14 Rifle HAIL AND FAREWELL
M14 Rivals
USAF Orders AR15 Rifles
AR15 Accuracy Test
Test Firing and Evaluations
Test Fire Report
1958The Story of AR10
1986The M16A2
New World Standard For Infantry Rifles
The rifle that was never supposed to be
The AR15M16 Carbines
Product Improvement PIP
The Joint Services Small Arms Program JSSAP PIP
Critics Attack the M16A2
The M4 Carbine
Rebirth of the AR10 Further Developments by Gene Stoner
Production Sources of Civilian Military Versions of the AR15M16
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About the author (2011)

Terry Wieland, shooting editor of Gray's Sporting Journal since 1993, is both an award-winning writer and a recognized authority on fine firearms.

In 1971, as a journalist, Wieland made his first trip to Africa to cover the civil war in the Sudan, returned in 1972 to cover the turmoil in Uganda, and again in 1976, covering both the bush war in Rhodesia and the riots in South Africa. He made his first hunting safari in 1990 and has returned a dozen times since, hunting in Tanzania, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He has also hunted in Alaska, the Yukon, and throughout North America, as well as in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Since 1985, Wieland has been a full-time freelance writer, specializing in fine firearms, wingshooting, and big-game hunting, and writes for Rifle, Handloader, Shooting Times, and Safari Times as well as for Gray's.

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