By Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William
During this ebook, the writer, deadliest sniper in U.S. historical past tracks down and shoots the 10 most crucial 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 historical past, making the sweeping argument that the yankee tale has been tied to and formed by way of the gun. He revisits turning issues in American history, together with the one 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 gained the West," and the weapon that gave U.S. squaddies an side in international struggle I and global battle II, and past. this can be additionally the tale of ways firearms innovation, creativity, and commercial genius has continuously driven American background, and gear forward. Read more...
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Warfare in the late eighteenth century was dominated by a very different gun, the smooth-bore musket. While the firing mechanisms used by muskets and rifles were pretty much the same, the barrels were decidedly not. As the name implies, a smooth-bore musket had a barrel that was smooth, not rifled; fire the gun and its bullet traveled down the tube as quick as it could. By design, the bullet was smaller than the inside of the barrel. This was necessary because deposits of burnt powder and cartridge tended to form on the inside as the weapon was fired.
It might not have been foolproof, but the percussion cap simplified the process, making the gun less vulnerable to bad weather and random voodoo. A hammer hit a small cap, causing the material it held to explode. ) The explosion ignites the gunpowder charge, and off we go. Increasing the dependability and simplicity of infantry weapons was an important step in the evolution of firearms, but other improvements were needed. The most obvious was accuracy. Bullets fired from smooth-bore muskets were notoriously fickle.
But as he expanded his campaign into North Carolina, the Revolutionary Army was able to regroup and slow his progress. In the meantime, small groups of rebels bit away at his supply lines, continually harassing him. The war behind the lines was ferocious in the South, just as it was in parts of the North; American Tories and American patriots massacred each other in small hand-to-hand encounters. Gruesome atrocities were the order of the day: scalping, hatcheting, spontaneous summary hangings, the slaughter of prisoners, you name it.
American gun : a history of the U.S. in ten firearms by Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William