The period 1850 to 1900 witnessed the most far reaching changes sporting gun and rifle design had ever experienced. Prior to this, changes had been pedestrian and the muzzle-loader still ruled the day in 1850 as it had done for previous centuries. In this major work the author details the many changes that occurred. He describes at length the pinfire, centre-fire and hammerless developments along with all the ancillary changes made to sporting guns. Likewise with rifles he outlines the many developments such as the superseding of the two groove muzzle-loading Express rifle by the multi-groove, breech-loading rifle of smaller calibre.
This is Donald Dallas's fifth book on the history of gunmaking. His previous books encompassed detailed histories of renowned gunmakers Boss, Purdey and Holland & Holland.
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Sub Heading Pursuit of Perfection 1850 to 1900 ISBN 9781846890321 Author Donald Dallas Binding Hardbook Extent 300 x 230mm, 416 pages Illustrations Colour and black & white throughout Ebook No
"Anyone who has the slightest interest in the engineering or history of gunmaking will find this book fascinating. The author is incredibly thorough in his research and authoritative approach. But more than that, he has the knack of making this occasionally complicated and technical subject easy to understand, and his sheer enthusiasm for the topic shines through. It's a serious book with beautiful illustrations. Great Stuff " Shooting Gazette
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"His thorough but concise history explains the catalysts that instigated the evolution of shotguns and rifles, making this an essential reference book for all but the gun-shy." The Field
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