Pistols: An Illustrated History of Their Impact (Weapons and Warfare) (Hardcover)

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Pistols follows the evolution of personal sidearms in Europe, the United States, and Asia from medieval-era "hand cannons" with their clunky ignition systems, to the revolutionary Colt revolvers of the 19th century, to the modern semiautomatic weapons of today.

Full of fascinating insights and details, this work shows how pistols brought about the decline of knights in armor, and ultimately replaced the sword on the battlefield. The book also explores the pistol's astonishing "democratization" as it moved from being a luxury item of the nobility, to standard issue for soldiers, to a mass-produced commodity and source of intensive corporate competition. Along the way, readers meet the many colorful characters (often eccentric geniuses) who devoted themselves to pistol development.

About the Author

Jeff Kinard, PhD, is a professional writer. His published works include ABC-CLIO's Artillery: An Illustrated History of Its Impact.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781851094707
ISBN-10: 1851094709
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Publication Date: October 1st, 2004
Pages: 397
Language: English
Series: Weapons and Warfare