Shooting Sixguns of the Old West.
If you have any curiosity about the various big-bore revolvers of the 19th century American West and how they performed, then this book is for you. It covers original and modern reproduction handguns in depth and provides black powder recipes and shooting evaluations of the myriad revolvers available to America's frontiersmen during the post-Civil War era.
The book is broken down into three segments about the guns themselves, reloading data (using only the one true propellant--black powder) and holsters and accessories. The most popular guns of the era, Colt cartridge conversions, SAs and DAs (along with SA clones) are chronicled first. The various S&W No. 3s and their modern clones are listed including S&W's DA as well as how to tell them apart. S&W has never been very imaginative naming their guns and they were much worse in the 19th century. Chapters on original and modern Remington 1875s and '90s, and the Merwin, Hulbert & Co. revolvers round out the gun section. Part two is reloading and chronograph data with information on brass, molds and some of the peculiarities of loading heel-based bullets and how to choose components.
The third section contains ways to dress up the guns, available leather styles, cleaning and comparisons. The comparison part is interesting, because Mike tries to be a 19th gent with enough cash to buy a first-class revolver and goes over his thinking as he examines the various models in a well-stocked frontier gunshop.
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