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

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

by Chris Kyle

Other authors: William Doyle

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Really a fantastic book. It's about a subject near and dear to my heart and the stories that Chris Kyle and William Doyle share throughout their book really make the guns they talk about and their history in United States come alive. Do I agree that their list is an absolutely definitive one? No, probably not. There were guns that greatly influenced and continue to influence our culture and that of gun people that weren't touched upon at all. The point is that the list they choose was a brilliant one. All 10 of the firearms in the list undeniably have had a huge impact and have some amazing stories to be told. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is confused as to why some folks are so into guns. The love and interest that Kyle showed in writing this book will help people understand a little bit more. ( )
  knfmn | Dec 22, 2016 |
A really very good look at American Hisotry through the lens of firearms and the people that wielded them. Exciting, engaging, informing and easy reading, this is history at its best, coupled with an easy going descriptive style, that never makes the subject boring or dry. This is biased, but the author has enough experience to make his biases worth listening too, and this is not necessarily an academic tome and all the better for it. Very good and highly recommended, even for the general reader. ( )
  aadyer | Aug 4, 2015 |
Some of the stories were interesting and even merited further perusal. However, the author was clearly no historian and he presented his "history" through the biased, patriotic lenses of "American badassery". I am fascinated with the topic and consider this book as a precursor to a primer of a historic work. Once I found a way to ignore the blatant biases, I could let this book be the spark to the idea that there is a vast history of guns out there. I only hope I can find an author who is truly up to the academic and literary challenge (unlike this author). ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
Average book, written in casual tone. A review of some different guns throughout American history. Kinda annoying when the author gets all gun ra-ra but other than that is an interesting book when he discusses the mechanics and uses of various guns. ( )
  marshapetry | Aug 12, 2014 |
Good book if you like US history and guns. Great to see the links between the conflicts of the US and the development of new weapons. Does anyone own all 10 of these guns? ( )
  mdubois | Aug 28, 2013 |
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In "American Gun", the deadliest sniper in U.S. history tracks down and shoots the most important American firearms, from a flintlock rifle to a Colt revolver to the latest high-tech weapon he used as a SEAL. Chris Kyle uses these guns as a window on United States history, making the sweeping argument that the American story has been tied to and shaped by the gun. In each chapter he offers engaging stories associated with a particular gun, form wars to duels to shoot outs. "American Gun" is part history, part first-hand journey as Chris locates and shoots these legendary guns. The 10 Guns that shaped America - The American long Rifle (aka the Kentucky Rifle): used to open the American frontier and by soldiers in the American Revolution; The Spencer Repeater: designed during the Civil War, this first repeating rifle cut reload time by 80%; The Colt Single Action Army (aka Colt .4 5): the handgun that defined the Old West, used by Buffalo Bill, Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Doc Holliday, and other iconic gunslingers; The Winchester 1873 Rifle: the Gun that Won the West was a staple in the late nineteenth-century Indian Wars and a favorite a prop in countless Westerns; The 1903 Springfield: designed at the request of Teddy Roosevelt, this superior rifle gave U.S. forces an edge during WWI; The M1911 Army Pistol: the official U.S. Army sidearm from 1911 to 1985, the King of Combat Pistols is still used by today's elite Special Forces units. The American Machine Gun: including the Browning Automatic Rifle and the Thompson Sub-machine Gun, the Gun that Made the '20s Roar, was the weapon of choice for lawmen and gangsters during the Prohibition era, including Machine-Gun Kelly, Elliot Ness, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, and others; The M1 Garand Semi-Automatic Rifle: the Gun that Saved the World, used by U.S. forces again Nazis and the Japanese during WW II; The American Police Handgun: from the .3 8 Special revolver to the Glock pistol, this chapter is a tour through police firearms history; The M16 Assault Rifle: made famous during Vietnam, this platform is still the standard used by U.S. military weapons including the H&K M4, the firearm that killed Osama bin Laden.

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In "American Gun", the deadliest sniper in U.S. history tracks down and shoots the most important American firearms, from a flintlock rifle to a Colt revolver to the latest high-tech weapon he used as a SEAL. Chris Kyle uses these guns as a window on United States history, making the sweeping argument that the American story has been tied to and shaped by the gun.… (more)

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