American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms (P.S.)

By Chris Kyle, William Doyle

Drawing on his mythical firearms wisdom and combat experience, U.S. army SEAL and no 1 bestselling writer of yankee Sniper Chris Kyle dramatically chronicles the tale of America—from the Revolution to the present—through the lens of ten iconic guns and the impressive heroes who used them to form background: the yankee long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester 1873 rifle, Springfield M1903 rifle, M1911 pistol, Thompson submachine gun, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M16 rifle platform Kyle himself used. American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, event, invention, and sacrifice.

Featuring a foreword and afterword through Taya Kyle and illustrated with greater than a hundred photos, this new paperback version features a bonus bankruptcy, “The 11th Gun,” on shotguns, derringers, and the Browning M2 computer gun.

Show description

Preview of American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms (P.S.) PDF

Best American History books

Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America's First Female Tycoon

While J. P. Morgan known as a gathering of recent York's monetary leaders after the inventory marketplace crash of 1907, Hetty eco-friendly used to be the one girl within the room. The Guinness booklet of worldwide files memorialized her because the World's maximum Miser, and, certainly, this not going robber baron -- who parlayed a comfy inheritance right into a fortune that was once worthy approximately 1.

I Love Paul Revere, Whether He Rode or Not

In the end in paperback, Richard Shenkman's bestselling sequel to Legends, Lies & loved Myths of yankee heritage. Provocative and amusingly heretical, "I Love Paul Revere, even if He Rode or Not" (a quote attributed to Warren Harding) bargains eye-opening revelations debunking long-held American legends.

The Battle of New Orleans: Andrew Jackson and America's First Military Victory

The conflict of recent Orleans used to be the climactic conflict of America's "forgotten struggle" of 1812. Andrew Jackson led his ragtag corps of squaddies opposed to 8,000 disciplined invading British regulars in a conflict that brought the British a humiliating army defeat. The victory solidified America's independence and marked the start of Jackson's upward push to nationwide prominence.

The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton

The yank President is a captivating account of yank presidential activities from the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to invoice Clinton's final evening in place of work in January 2001. William Leuchtenburg, one of many nice presidential historians of the century, portrays all the presidents in a chronicle glowing with anecdote and wit.

Additional resources for American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms (P.S.)

Show sample text content

38s in exactly approximately each barrel size, a . forty five Colt, a . 38 great, a . 357 that he notion was once a piece too heavy for a regular hold. The day he escorted Oswald, he had Colt . 45s with him, yet by no means had the opportunity to take advantage of them. Ruby, incidentally, killed Oswald with a . 38 distinctive. 10 THE M16 RIFLE “Brave infantrymen and the M16 introduced this victory. ” —Lieutenant Colonel Harold Moore the realm shook as they rode to conflict. The sky round them used to be jam-packed with helicopters. Vietnam was once eco-friendly and light-weight brown, peaceable from a couple of hundred toes above. however the drum of rotors have been the decision to struggle. the yank Hueys squatted into the elephant grass. dirt and grime flew in all places. They have been in. “Let’s move! ” yelled Lt. Colonel Hal Moore, grabbing his rifle as he leaned to leap out of the chook. “Let’s move. ” It was once November 14, 1965. The forty-two-year-old lieutenant colonel was once best the warriors of 1st Battalion, seventh Cavalry Regiment right into a conflict like none the realm had ever visible. yet as he and his males ran towards the sting of the jungle bordering touchdown quarter X-Ray, I’d guess now not one among them used to be considering historical past, or perhaps the hot strategies they have been applying. They have been brooding about their weapons, perhaps, and staying alive, commonly. First Battalion had simply placed down in a distant jungle clearing within the significant Highlands of South Vietnam. It was once the beginning of the conflict of Ia Drang Valley, an epic bankruptcy within the Vietnam battle. Ia Drang—pronounced “ja drang”—is recognized at the present time because the first combined-arms air attack ever. by no means earlier than had a wide team of squaddies been airlifted by means of helicopter and dropped down into conflict miles from any aid parts, or what chances are you'll name a conventional battlefront. Air support—not in basic terms from ground-pounders just like the A-1 Skyraider yet from strategic bombers just like the B-52—played a serious position within the conflict. The struggle was once additionally the 1st large-scale engagement among the U. S. military and the People’s military of Vietnam—the North Vietnamese. It was once as with reference to a “set piece” conflict because the clash ever received. yet Ia Drang was once vital due to one other “first,” one that’s frequently forgotten this day: It was once the 1st time U. S. army body of workers waged battle with a completely computerized attack rifle as their general weapon. The rifle Moore held as he leapt from the helo used to be a brand new select-fire gun formally referred to as the XM16E1. quickly to be often called the M16, the weapon had an instantaneous effect at the approach americans fought. It appeared not anything like something an individual had utilized in warfare sooner than. The NVA regulars and Viet Cong took to calling it the “Black Rifle. ” “What we worry so much is the B-52 and the hot little black weapon,” stated one of many Cong captured through the conflict. “The new little black weapon. ” U. S. military The conflict of Ia Drang used to be a baptism of hellfire for the boys of the seventh Cavalry and the hot M16. while it used to be over 4 days later, the U. S. had received. a number of North Vietnamese have been killed, they usually have been chased from the battlefield. however the struggle additionally taught the enemy what strategies may be most dear opposed to American firepower.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.03 of 5 – based on 20 votes