By Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William
During this booklet, the writer, deadliest sniper in U.S. background tracks down and shoots the 10 most vital American firearms, from a flintlock rifle to a Colt revolver to the most recent high-tech weapon he used as a army SEAL. He makes use of those weapons as a window on usa heritage, making the sweeping argument that the yankee tale has been tied to and formed by means of the gun. He revisits turning issues in American history, together with the one sniper shot that became the tide of the progressive conflict, the firearms that proved decisive within the Civil War's Batlte of Gettysburg, the "gun that received the West," and the weapon that gave U.S. infantrymen an area in global battle I and international struggle II, and past. this is often additionally the tale of ways firearms innovation, creativity, and business genius has continuously driven American background, and tool forward. Read more...
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But I think it’s not much of an exaggeration to say that the good sergeant and the other marksmen with him had the potential to change the Battle of Saratoga, and with that, the whole Revolution. They’d already harassed the daylights out of British General John Burgoyne and his troops. Burgoyne had a master plan to cut the American rebellion in two, slicing down New York’s Hudson River Valley. He was marching south; another general was coming north. If the two forces met in the middle, the Revolution was done.
There is no good inventory of the guns used at these battles, but experts make educated guesses. When Mexican dictator and president-general Antonio López de Santa Anna and his troops marched up to the Alamo in late February 1836 and began their epic thirteen-day siege, they outnumbered the fewer than two hundred rebellious Texas volunteers inside the fort by 10 to 1. Here and at the later Battle of San Jacinto, both sides would have been armed with European-patterned, muzzle-loading, single-shot, flintlock muskets like the English Brown Bess and some French models, too, plus Spanish-style escopeta short muskets and Spanish pistolas that would have featured the classic Miquelet lock.
New Haven had been purchased by a man named Oliver Winchester a few years before. Winchester was pretty wily for a Yankee; he’d bought the company for a song from two guys named Smith & Wesson when they hit financial problems in 1857. We’ll come back to Misters Smith & Wesson later. Oliver Winchester had made his money manufacturing shirts. It’s said that he didn’t know all that much about guns, but he certainly understood a lot about manufacturing, which in mid-eighteenth-century America was more important.
American gun : a history of the U.S. in ten firearms by Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William