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The latest offering from the NRA’s Firearms Classics Library is American Breech-Loading Small Arms by Charles B. Norton, 1872.
This book has some good information on the Peabody, Spencer, Springfield Trap Door (50-70) Joslyn, and Whitney rifles. There is information on the Smith & Wesson break open revolvers in .22 and .44 caliber.
There is an interesting section on the Gatling gun, which is quite detailed for the day and a fair amount of information on rimfire and center fire ammunition.

None of the old books goes into the detail we wish for today but the drawings are good and the information is reasonable detailed. This book is a quick read and then one, which deserves a bit of study.
The book is available on Google books at the link below. After you have read it, you will want a copy for further study. It is a book, which anyone interested, in the early cartridge firearms will enjoy.

As with all of the Firearms Classics Library books this one is a joy to hold in your hands and read.

http://books.google.com/books?id=vl...&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
 

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cool stuff thanks
 

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It is quite a book. The section on the S&W 44 Russian, the Spencer, the trapdoors and the Gatling cartridges are worth the effort to hunt up the book or download the e-book.
 

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I love these keep sharing they are great!
 
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