Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First edition (November 24, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
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Once again, longtime firearms student and writer Edward Hull has written a fine book that expands upon the one that he originally wrote in 1986 on the same subject that is currently out of print. As he states in his preface, due to access of various collections as well as the powerful research now available through the Internet, he felt compelled to update the previous book by providing additional details of the Burnside carbines and rifles with their development and history.Ambrose E. Burnside certainly was an energetic and creative man who was the innovator of this well known longarms that was the third most manufactured carbine of the Civil War. Despite the fact that he went bankrupt early in its inception, he was able to come back strong and be responsible for the manufacture of some 57,000 to 59,000 longarms with 54,000 carbines delivered to the military.This book observes the same model numbers previously established and fully and further describes the development and production of each with very interesting first account letters from the many governmental ordnance officials that very clearly show how each successive model was developed. There are many copies of photographic images of the day showing soldiers holding the various models that always adds interest to these publications. Additionally, many patent papers are reproduced that will assist the reader in seeing how the models progressed and how they worked. The letters of various ordnance officers are especially interesting and insightful.This high quality book is softbound with an interesting color cover. It would make for a wonderful addition to the library of the arms collector, especially those that have the previous book on the same subject by this same author.
Well researched, highly detailed as to evolution of the various models and government contracts and deliveries. But I was hoping to find some data as to comments from the field by users of Burnsides. My copy of the author's earlier volume on Burnsides wasn't readily available so perhaps such information was found there, although it would have been appropriate to have included some such information in this updated volume. Also, a chart showing serial number allocations to the various models would have been useful as a quick reference.
An excellent book, however I was disappointed with the allocation details of these to their units, that I was given to understand from else-where was quite detailed. That said, if the information is not available it can't be included. An interesting and informative book, and more competitively priced than the 1st. issue hardback.
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