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This is a set of two books about the firearms of the American Indians. Includes fowling guns, northwest guns, trade rifles, single and double shotguns.
The books are titled Rifles of the American Indians by Ryan Gale, Larry Ness, Gary Mikelson; and For Trade and Treaty: Firearms of the American Indians, 1600-1920 by Ryan Gale.
Rifles of the American Indians:
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The American Indian with his rifle was an iconic symbol of the American west. They were glorified by Buffalo Bill in his traveling wild west show in the late nineteenth century, and have been featured in numerous books, movies and television shows. However, this story doesn't begin in the west, but in the east, more than one hundred years earlier, when British and American traders first offered flintlock rifles to the Indians of New York, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas.
For over a century, American Indians demonstrated their prowess with the rifle, as hunters and as warriors. Many of these rifles were passed down through the generations and became cherished family relics. Others found their way into private collections and small-town and national museums throughout North America. They are unique pieces of American Indian history, and are testaments to the ingenuity and workmanship of the English and American gunmakers.
Learn how these rifles were made, distributed, and used throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, how they evolved, and how they effected the lives of the native people in Rifles of the American Indians.
For Trade and Treaty: Firearms of the American Indians, 1600-1920:
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This is the most comprehensive work on the subject of Native American firearms to date. Filled with hundreds of full color images of dozens of original northwest guns, trade fusils, and treaty guns, this book's wide 11" landscape format allows images up to 22" across the gutter. This book also contains new research, numerous fur trade and government invoices, inventories and other firearm records never before published.
Includes detailed, color photographs of dozens of French, English, American and Belgian made fowling guns, northwest guns, trade rifles and shotguns from collections throughout the United States and Canada.
Learn how these unique firearms were made, decorated, proofed, distributed, repaired and modified. Many of these guns have never been published.