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

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

by Chris Kyle, William Doyle


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Join Chris Kyle on a fascinating journey to discover “how 10 firearms changed United States history” (New York Times Book Review)

Drawing on his legendary firearms knowledge and combat experience, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper Chris Kyle dramatically chronicles the story of America—from the Revolution to the present—through the lens of ten iconic guns and the remarkable heroes who used them to shape history: the American long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester 1873 rifle, Springfield M1903 rifle, M1911 pistol, Thompson submachine gun, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M16 rifle platform Kyle himself used. American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, adventure, invention, and sacrifice.

Featuring a foreword and afterword by Chris's wife, Taya Kyle, and illustrated with more than 100 photographs, this new paperback edition features a bonus chapter, “The Eleventh Gun,” on shotguns, derringers, and the Browning M2 machine gun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062242723
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 105,895
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(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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