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

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

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At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most accomplished sniper in U.S. military history, was finishing a remarkable book that retold American history through the lens of a hand-selected list of firearms. Kyle masterfully argues that guns have played a fascinating, indispensable, and often under-appreciated role in our national story. Kyle carefully chose ten guns to help tell his story, including the American long rifle, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, .38 police handgun, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. This is also the story of how American innovation, creativity, and industrial genius has constantly pushed technology—and U.S. power—forward.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062333278
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Edition description: Unabridged, Low Price CD
Sales rank: 1,067,365
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle (1974–2013) was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, and numerous other citations. Following four combat tours in Iraq, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare sniper teams. He is the author of American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms. A native Texan, Kyle is survived by his wife, Taya, and their two children.

William Doyle has written or cowritten seven books, including PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy and American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms (with “American Sniper” Chris Kyle). He served as director of original programming for HBO and was coproducer of the PBS special Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story. He lives with his family in New York City.

Table of Contents

Foreword Taya Kyle ix

Introduction xiii

1 The American Long Rifle 1

2 The Spencer Repeater 31

3 The Colt Single-Action Army Revolver 57

4 The Winchester 1873 Rifle 85

5 The M1903 Springfield 113

6 The M1911 Pistol 143

7 The Thompson Submachine Gun 165

8 The M1 Garand 191

9 The .38 Special Police Revolver 215

10 The M16 Rifle 235

Epilogue 259

Afterword Taya Kyle 263

Acknowledgments 265

Appendix: The Ten Guns, by the Numbers 271

Source Notes 281

Index 289

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