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History of Handguns

By Frederick Wilkinson

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ISBN: 9781847972255
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 26/11/2010
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 242x172 mm
INSIDE: 240 colour images

Films and television programmes have made the public much more familiar with the handgun as it features in many dramas and thrillers, but unfortunately this exposure has led to many misconceptions about the uses and capabilities of such weapons. This book offers a more measured and realistic assessment of its virtues and faults.

Tracing the history of the handgun from its appearance in the 14th century as a slow, clumsy, inaccurate weapon up to the present day, when it can discharge twenty or more shots a second with great accuracy and power, Frederick Wilkinson studies its technical development, how it was used, the emergence of collectors, and explores associated topics such as holsters and ammunition. He looks at how the authorities have struggled to find a balance between those who wish to own a handgun and use it for sport and those who see any gun as a dangerous threat to the public that should be outlawed. This controversy is as provocative today as it has been in the past and is still an emotive issue.

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" This book balances detail with volume very well and is an excellent primer for novices as well as being an entertaining account for the more advanced student. "
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Reviewed By: Classic Arms & Militaria

" Our Vice President has drawn on his unrivalled knowledge and experience to produce another excellent volume to follow his many already published works. The book's cover says he "offers a balanced view of the capabilities and shortcomings of these weapons in this informative and fully illustrated history". He has done more than that, writing an absorbing and fascinating history of the handgun and all the accoutrements associated with it. "
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Reviewed By: Arms & Armour Society

" It's very readable, with clear explanations relating to handgun mechanisms, designs, uses, historical contexts and the law. British history is intertwined with firearm history and if you have an interest in either, you'll enjoy this book. "
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Reviewed By: Shooting and Conservation

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