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By Joseph G. Bilby

“Mr. Bilby takes us via Gettysburg, between different locations, displaying how the Spencer and Henry rifle performed a decisive role.” —The Wall road Journal

“A priceless learn. . . . his learn is balanced and thorough, his writing is energetic and transparent. . . . his strategy provides the e-book large appeal.” —Journal of army History

“This is a phenomenal book—accurate, sensible, hugely readable.” —North & South

“A Revolution in fingers is written in this kind of solid, readable means of an important time within the background of firearms.”—Rifle Magazine

“Well written and researched. . . . definitely can be an addition in your library.”—Civil warfare Times

Historians frequently name the yankee Civil warfare the 1st smooth conflict, pointing to using commentary balloons, the telegraph, trains, mines, ironclad ships, and different options. even though fresh scholarship has challenged a few of these “firsts,” the conflict did witness the advent of the 1st repeating rifles. No different innovation of the turbulent 1860s may have a better impression at the way forward for battle. In A Revolution in palms: A historical past of the 1st Repeating Rifles, historian Joseph G. Bilby unfolds the interesting tale of ways New England inventors, Benjamin Henry and Christopher Spencer, every one mixed generations of cartridge and rifle know-how to enhance trustworthy repeating rifles. In a stroke, the Henry rifle and Spencer rifle and carbine replaced war ceaselessly, accelerating the abandonment of the formal conflict line strategies of past generations and whilst adequately utilized, repeating palms may adjust the process a conflict. even supposing sluggish to go into provider, the repeating rifle quickly turned a wanted weapon via either Union and accomplice troops. Oliver Winchester bought the rights to the Henry and reworked it into “the gun that received the West.” The Spencer, the main recognized of all Civil struggle small fingers, was once the weapon of selection for Federal cavalrymen. The innovative know-how represented through repeating palms utilized in the yankee Civil struggle, together with self-contained steel cartridges, huge skill magazines, and cutting edge cartridge feeding structures, was once copied or tailored by means of palms brands world wide, and those beneficial properties stay with us today.

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