Winchester Lever-Action Rifles cover
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Winchester lever-action repeating rifles are an integral part of the folklore of the American West. Introduced after the American Civil War, the first Winchester, the M1866, would go on to see military service as far afield as Bulgaria, but it was in the hands of civilians that it would become known as 'The gun that won the west'. Offering a lethal combination of portability, ruggedness and ammunition interchangeability with pistol sidearms, the Winchesters and their innovative and elegant breech-loading system represented a revolutionary design. They were used by a staggering variety of military and civilian groups - gold-miners, trappers, hunters, farmers, lawmen, professional gunmen and Native Americans. It equipped a whole generation of settlers and as such left an imprint on American culture that continues to resonate today. This book explores the Winchesters' unique place in history, revealing the technical secrets of their success with a full array of colour artwork, period illustrations and close-up photographs.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Development: “The ability to shoot repeatedly” / Use: North, South – and West / Impact: The Winchester's place in history / Conclusion / Select bibliography / Index

Product details

Published 20 Oct 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472806574
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 14 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Weapon
Short code WPN 42
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Stacey

Mark Stacey was born in Manchester, UK, in 1964 an…

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Alan Gilliland

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