By Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William
During this booklet, the writer, deadliest sniper in U.S. background tracks down and shoots the 10 most crucial American firearms, from a flintlock rifle to a Colt revolver to the newest 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 yankee tale has been tied to and formed through the gun. He revisits turning issues in American history, together with the only sniper shot that became the tide of the innovative 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. infantrymen an side in global struggle I and international conflict II, and past. this is often additionally the tale of ways firearms innovation, creativity, and commercial genius has continuously driven American background, and tool forward. Read more...
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Burgoyne had a master plan to cut the American rebellion in two, slicing down New York’s Hudson River Valley. He was marching south; another general was coming north. If the two forces met in the middle, the Revolution was done. But Burgoyne was having tough going. The Americans were better fighters than he thought. One reason they were whipping him was their tactics. The British army depended on close coordination on the battlefield. It was a thing of beauty to look at, assuming the Red Coats weren’t shooting at you.
It was also known as “the Kentucky rifle” (“Kentucky” was once the catch-all word used to describe much of the little-known western wilderness of the Appalachians and beyond) and “the Pennsylvania rifle” (Lancaster and other Pennsylvania towns were a Silicon Valley of innovation and creativity for gunmakers in the 1700s). When I first fired a vintage “black-powder” flintlock long rifle, I was struck by two things. As a Navy SEAL sniper, I was used to handling weapons weighing in the area of fifteen or sixteen pounds.
Not a bad day’s work for Sam Houston and his riflemen. The battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto were crossroads battles, fought on the edges of several great eras of gun technology, when the flintlock was destined to give way to the caplock, the single-shot to revolving and repeating guns, and the muzzle-loader to the breechloader. By the time it left the stage, the American long rifle helped give birth to a new nation. Generations of men and guns would now rise to save the United States from tearing itself apart, and raise it to a place of glory.
American gun : a history of the U.S. in ten firearms by Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William