Second edition. Some rubbing with color loss to lower spine tip, else near fine in good but rubbed dust jacket with some light edgewear and a one-half by three-quarter inch chip to lower spine, in mylar cover. B&W illustrations and photos. Inscribed by the author.
First edition. Quarto. , 308pp. Profusely illustrated with black & white photographs, color frontispiece. Two-tone green cloth. A fine copy with lightly worn pictorial dust jacket. A comprehensive book on handguns and in particular the Sixgun/Sixshooter, and their cartridges. Chapters include the history and selection of the handgun, learning to shoot, sights, long range shooting, game shooting, gun rigs and holsters, quick draw and hip shooting, gun fighting, revolver vs. auto pistol, aerial and trick shooting, slip shooting and fanning, repairs and resighting, bullets, cartridge reloading, ornamentation, and care and cleaning. Color frontis and dust jacket illustration by Charles M. Russell. [Adams, Six Guns: 1212].
Near fine. Color Frontis. Many b/w Illus. 308pp. 4to, original full brown leather. Harrisburg: Stackpole Company, (1955). Limited First Edition. Near Fine. Numbered copy 143 of a unknown limitation of the first edition. Signed by the author.
Elmer Keith is the master when it comes to writing about sixguns. He led a colorful life as a cowboy, professional hunter / guide and most importantly as a gun writer for many years. He and his contemporary Jack O'Connor lived through the colorful years of the west during the 30,40 and 50's and knew how to portray their expieriences in their writings. This book is a classic which the afficinado of sixguns must have in his library. Unfortunately not many contemporary gunwriters (with the possible exception of John Taffin) have the knowlede and expierience of sixguns as Elmer Keith.
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