Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Chartwell Books, Inc. (May 15, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.5 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #865,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #172 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Transportation #229 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Americana #497 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Firearms & Weapons
This book is one of the most beatiful I have seen. If you like cowboy guns, buy this book. The extraordinary amount of information provided on the text is surpassed only by the quality and variety of the pictures. The book is divided in chapters coverring all aspects of the life during the period, and gives special details on guns of famous men. It is a great source for all cowboy shooters and gun collectors.
My gun loving son, cried when his teacher would not let him bring this book to school to show his friends. It's absolutely gorgeous with an interesting text and glorious photos. We love the section showing the actors and their screen guns.
Outstanding book, as are all I have by R.L. Wilson. Not only are the pictures great but it has a lot of information about firearms and American Indian weapons of the western frontier. Would definitely recommend even if all you did was buy it for the pictures.
I love to collect many different types of coffee table books and give this a 5 star rating.A well researched and in depth look at the colorful people of the Old West and their weapons of choice. Starting with native american arms moving through Lewis and Clark, other explorers, mountain men, military, gamblers, madams, cowboys, sherrifs etc. This book has over 300 color and 200 B&W beautiful illustrations include numerous memorialbilia objects gathered from private collectors, museums and historical societys. Wonderful visual layout and design & well researched captions gave you the feeling of walking through a "virtual museum". If you like history and literature of the old west, this would be a must addition to your library.
A beautiful book. Every firearm made in America, from the REAL west to the REEL west, it's in here. This is a must have for everyone interested in the building of America and the firearms of that era.
Can't say that I've read it cover to cover (as it's really thick), but I'm ready to get a review.The book is 100% worth the price, as it's the most broad account about the Old West weaponry I've ever seen. I want to point out, that instead of concentrating on firearms as do the common Old-West-Arsenal books, this one gives quite a brilliant collection of knives, knuckles, clubs and indian tribes' weaponry! It has tons of pictures, both contemporary and Western-era photos and some pretty non-weapon artefacts of the period (watches, playing cards, trinkets etc.).It's nice, very pleasant to hold and both read or just thumb through and scan from time-to-time.As for the draw-backs (and the explanation why I put 4 stars instead of 5) the book lacks the data of what was the real perfomance of the guns of the period: usability, accuracy, stopping power, killing ability, and some statistics or more personal accounts about this stuff. The text is more about the gunfithers or the creation of guns than of weapons themselves. Unfortunately this is really the shortcoming of almost all such books.
...not to mention scouts, indians, showmen, shootists, etc. I can't say enough good things about this book, or any other book by R.L. Wilson. Wilson is the official company historian for Colt, and has written many excellent titles including, but not limited to: "Colt: an American Legend"; "Steel Canvas: the Art of American Arms"; "Winchester: an American Legend", etc. Wilson covers any topic in a thorough, intelligent and entertaining fashion. Like all Wilson's books, "Peacemakers" includes a profusion of beautiful color plates. Highly, highly recommended.
Excellent book. Great photos and enjoyable text; with all my boyhood heros! From the Indians and mountain men, up thru the true wild west and on to movie and TV cowboys. Suitable for looking up famous or infamous American legends; or reading cover to cover (like I did).
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