By Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William
During this ebook, the writer, deadliest sniper in U.S. historical past tracks down and shoots the 10 most vital American firearms, from a flintlock rifle to a Colt revolver to the most recent high-tech weapon he used as a military SEAL. He makes use of those weapons as a window on usa heritage, making the sweeping argument that the yankee tale has been tied to and formed through the gun. He revisits turning issues in American history, together with the only sniper shot that grew to become the tide of the innovative warfare, the firearms that proved decisive within the Civil War's Batlte of Gettysburg, the "gun that received the West," and the weapon that gave U.S. squaddies an area in international struggle I and international battle II, and past. this is often additionally the tale of the way firearms innovation, creativity, and business genius has always driven American background, and gear forward. Read more...
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