"Silk and Steel: Women at Arms" is the first comprehensive presentation on the subject of women and firearms. No object has had a greater impact on world history over the past 650 years than the firearm, and a surprising number of women have been keen on the subject: as shooters, hunters, collectors, engravers, and even gunmakers.
From Queen Elizabeth I through her descendant Queen Elizabeth II, the numbers of aristocratic female arms enthusiasts, particularly shooters, have been impressive. Among those regal personages: Russia's Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, France's Marie Antoinette, and Great Britain's Duchess of Devonshire. In the New World, Thomas Jefferson's matched pair of Queen Anne-style flintlock pistols were made by London gunmaker Mary Dealtry. Pioneer American women took bold steps to defend home and hearth, and their courage earned them the right to vote in Western states, where hardiness and self-reliance were taken for granted. As Jefferson himself admonished: " The gun gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind." Many women were comfortable with firearms in early America, and among the world's most famous women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was Annie Oakley--"Little Sure Shot."
Turning back the clock to the time of Joan of Arc, R. L. Wilson shows how women have played a vital role in armed conflicts. For many centuries, women went to war--sometimes in the guise of men--without their comrades knowing that they were present. Increasingly, in our own era, there are female fighter pilots and cadets at West Point and at all the U.S. service academies. The 2001-2002 war in Afghanistan saw Northern Alliance womentrained to fire AK-47s, some even shooting their Taliban tormentors.
Expanding on a long tradition, in the post-World War II period, millions of women and girls gravitated to sport shooting, including trap, skeet, and sporting clays, rifle and pistol target competitions, and the harvesting of game birds and even the dangerous big game of Africa. As evidenced in the writings of Ernest Hemingway, Robert Ruark, and Isak Dinesen, big game hunting in Africa was a favorite pursuit of many society women from Europe and the United States.
Following the publication of this book, the Rosenbruch Wildlife Heritage Museum will mount a traveling exhibition exploring the theme of women and firearms. Firearms, clothing, and accessories will be accompanied by paintings, photographs, drawings, and prints, as well as numerous other artifacts, to depict and document a captivating subject never before examined in such depth.
"Silk and Steel" joins the author's series on the history of firearms, which commenced in 1979 with "The Colt Heritage" and continued through such later titles as" Colt: An American Legend, Winchester: An American Legend, The Peacemakers, Steel Canvas, Ruger & His Guns, Buffalo Bill's Wild West" (with Greg Martin), and "The World of Beretta."
"Silk and Steel" includes more than three hundred color plates, with spectacular new collages by Peter Beard. The bibliography lists myriad works of reference, some centuries old, and is accompanied by a detailed index.
Celebrate the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911 in 1911: The First 100 Years, 2nd Edition
Now, in one fascinating, illustrated volume, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the greatest fighting handgun ever designed, John M. Browning's legendary 1911 .45.
- Early predecessors of the 1911
- 1911 history and development
- Today's factory 1911 models
- Competition 1911s and top 1911 gunsmiths
- Custom 1911s that shoot as good as they look
- Lavishly illustrated with 1911 photos collected from around the world
For the collector, for the shooter, for the historian--for anyone interested in the evolution of this truly American classic, 1911: The First 100 Years, 2nd Edition is a must-have volume, and builds upon the wildly successful and popular first edition, with even more history, models and information on this timeless pistol design.
MORE GUNS MORE VALUES MORE OF WHAT YOU NEED
In the Updated Standard Catalog of Firearms 30th Edition
For more than a quarter century Standard Catalog of Firearms has been the leading illustrated guide to guns and their values, offering more of what the firearms enthusiast and collector needs -- more photos, more prices and more guns Every edition is updated with the newest entries from today's manufacturers of handguns, rifles and shotguns, plus the latest values from a wide range of experts, editors and auction houses for virtually every gun made or sold. Standard Catalog of Firearms is a must-have guide to commercial firearms, past and present.
Inside You'll Find:
- More than 7,500 photos with extensive descriptions that let you know what it's worth.
- Updated values and up to six condition grades, for a total of more than 110,000 prices.
- 16-page full-color photo section showcasing extraordinary double rifles.
- A guide to Firearms Trade Names covering more than 150 years of gun history.
Whether you're a serious gun collector, a casual gun-show trader, a hunter or recreational shooter, if you buy, sell or trade firearms, Standard Catalog of Firearms is the best insurance you can buy
American history has always been interwoven with developments in firearms technology and so is peppered with legendary guns. At the birth of the nation, Americans armed themselves with state-of-the-art long guns to fight their colonial oppressors. Once independent, the young country was drawn into a succession of conflicts, which caused firearms technology to keep pace with weapon design and production demand. The needs of many military campaigns ensured that the nation's gunmakers have remained at the cutting edge of innovation.50 Guns That Changed America will explore the most significant American weapons from the early days of firepower to the amazing modern guns in use today, including: Simeon North/Hall pistol
Dimick plains rifle
Spencer carbine rifle
Winchester Model 1866
Smith & Wesson Army revolver
M60 machine gun
ArmaLite AR-18 machine gun Each firearm is illustrated in full color with archive photography of the manufacturers and the guns in action where possible. Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for hunters and firearms enthusiasts. We publish books about shotguns, rifles, handguns, target shooting, gun collecting, self-defense, archery, ammunition, knives, gunsmithing, gun repair, and wilderness survival. We publish books on deer hunting, big game hunting, small game hunting, wing shooting, turkey hunting, deer stands, duck blinds, bowhunting, wing shooting, hunting dogs, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Inside, you'll find:
- Expert advice to select the right ammunition for your carry gun
- Options and range performance evaluations for practice and self-defense ammunition
- Available options in full-size, compact, sub-compact, and competition 9mm pistols
- Coverage of 9mm carbines
- Collector guns
With the popularity of IDPA, IPSC and silhouette competition, and a variety of available choices for hunting and concealed carry, handgun accuracy has never been more important. In the personal defense field, accuracy and precision could mean the difference between life and death. Gun Digest Media's newest title, The Accurate Handgun by author Robert Campbell, details how to make any handgun more accurate--from choosing the best revolvers and autoloaders, to honing shooter mindset and skill.
Serious target shooters, hunters and armed citizens demand accurate handguns. The upgrades and accessories covered in The Accurate Handgun are invaluable to make any sidearm perform better. In addition, the author illuminates the road to expert marksmanship. Readers learn how to perfect the human component of accuracy.
Inside the book:
- Handgun shooting techniques that will immediately improve accuracy for any shooter
- Reloading tips and tricks to make more reliable and precise loads
- Expert insights into handgun ammo selection--from rimfire to big bore
- DIY projects to improve handgun function and accuracy in popular makes and models
- Barrel changing
- Chambering, boring, and reaming tools
- Rifling tools and the rifling of barrels.
- Actions and their alterations
- Sights, scopes, and small parts.
- Rifles and shotguns
- Hand tool procedures
- Soldering and brazing, heat treatment, and bluing.
- Making cartridge dies
- And more
A clear writer, Vickery how to move from one aspect of a given task to the next. This is a useful addition to any gunsmith's reference library.
Based upon contemporary and informed opinion, Age of the Gunfighter tells of a tempestuous time and many a notorious gunfighter. Few of those who achieved fame and a reputation lived into old age. Ed Masterson, Tom Smith, and Bill Tilghman, for example, died in the line of duty. Others, like Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid, were murdered because of their reputations, at the hands of the law or for personal or financial gain. And the few who survived into old age in the twentieth century, such as Wyatt Earp, were men out of place and time, steeped in nostalgia for an era gone but immortalized as the age of the gunfighter.