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Smallarms of the East India Company 1600 - 1856
London: Foresight Books, 1997. First edition. original red cloth lettered in gilt, in publisher’s two red cloth slipcases. As new. Large quarto. Four volumes Illustrated Volume I: Procurement and Design and Volume II: Catalogue of Patterns. These two volumes contain over 100 patters of East India Company muskets, fusils, rifles, carbines, pistols, blunderbusses, wallpieces and bayonets, identified for the first time in print. Each described in a clear, standard format, most with cost and numbers made. More than 325 large photographs and over 100 line illustrations and engravings. First time coverage from the official archives on countless topics, including: Bastard East India Muskets, Grenadier Guns and Fuzee Guns, 1660s-80s; EICo Ferguson Rifles, Baker Rifles and Two-Grooved (or Brunswick) Rifles; Crisis in the gun trade 1854-56: Government drives EICo out of the market. ... Volume III: Ammunition and Performance and Volume IV: The Users and Their Smallarms. These two volumes show just which British-Indian regiments used the various weapons described in volumes I and II, how they wielded them and why. Ground breaking quantification and analysis of ballistics for muzzle-loading muskets, rifles, carbines, and pistols, drawn from a mass of newly-discovered 19th century data: accuracy of fire (unique statistics and many graphs); muzzle velocity and muzzle energy; rates and causes of misfires (flintlock and percussion); ... Issue policy; care of arms; EICo combination tools etc. Markings (aresenal, magazine, unit, for all three Armies). Countless new facts on regiments, including forgotten 17th and 18th century units or sub-units of Sepoy and European line infantry, light infantry, grenadieres, riflemen and cavalry. New details of Ordnance used by British Army units in India, Burma, South-East Asia and even Australia ... David Harding is ideally qualified to tackle this subject. He served as an officer in a Gurkha regiment which originated in the East India Companys armies. He was one of the British Army’s leading Bisley marksmen of his day, and he fires muzzle-loading smallarms of the types he describes. An Oxford graduate, for the last 19 years he ha worked as a book editor and indexer while pursuing historical research .
      [Bookseller: Randall House Rare Books]
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