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Latham, Sid-Photography. As New in Very Good jacket. 9' X 11 1/2" 406 Pages Indexed. Book is As New with no marks or stamps. Navy colored cloth over boards with book title blind stamped on and gold lettering on spine. Dust Jacket has 3 inch closed tear on the front bottom. No other defects to the jacket. Colorful endpapers illustrating four of Colt's early pistols. No inventor in the history of American industry has captured the imagination the way Samuel Colt did. His revolving pistol became synonymous with American genius and invention, gave birth to a great manufacturing empire, and was legendary in the history of the Civil War, in the taming of the West, and in campaigns and adventures all over the world--wherever Colonel Colt's invention made men equal. With more than 300 color photographs and 115 in black-and-white, all taken especially for this book that illustrates and describes every model Colt produced between 1836 and 1986. There has never been a bigger, more beautiful, or more extraordinary book in the firearms field. The large format of the book allows many of the firearms to be shown full size, and the history, development, and importance of each model and variation are presented and described in authoritative detail. A unique appendix traces the complete serial numbers and year of manufacture of every Colt model, making this book a remarkable and invaluable guide for every serious collector and dealer. Contents in 14 Chapters: The First Colts-Paterson, New Jersey, Captain Walker's Dragoon Revolvers, Pocket and Navy Five-and Six-Shooters, The Sidehammers of 1855, The New Models-An Era Ends, With Compliments of Colonel Colt, Colt's and the Metallic Cartridge, The Handgun That Won the West, One Hundred Years of Double-Action Revolvers, Colt + John M. Browning = Automatics, Rifles and Shotguns Muskets and the Gatling, The Firearms Division of Colt Industries, Collecting the Colt Heritage, and A New Breed of Collector. Plus Appendix-Serial Number Tables for All Models and a Bibliography.
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