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Hamilton, John & Tom Rowe.
The American Percussion Schuetzen Rifle.

Rochester Rowe Publications: 2004.

"The waves of Germanic immigration during the 1840s and 1850s deposited upon American shores a number of highly talented gunsmiths. In addition to their normal work, these artisans continued to produce a style of muzzle-loading percussion target rifle that was then popular in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. These specialized rifles, now made in America, were used for a form of competition shooting festival (Schuetzenfest) that had been popular in Europe since the Middle Ages, and was continued by the recent immigrants as they spread across the nation. Such competition had generally been conducted in the standing or "offhand" position. Thus, the rifle's ergonomically designed stock was custom-tailored to the Schuetzen rifleman's posture as he assumed a standing shooting position. Impelled by the added talents of Anglo-American gunsmiths, a new style of offhand rifle evolved in the latter half of the nineteenth century that absorbed the heavy Germanic form and melded it with the simplicity of design found in the finest English sporting arms. The design impact of these arms was recognized by the American arms industry as we entered the cartridge era and Schuetzen competition became a national multi-ethnic pastime. In this book the authors reveal examples of how these two firearm formats were eventually blended to produce a precision percussion muzzle-loading target rifle that was tailored to the American rifleman. Here, the authors not only document in full color the works of many of the gunsmiths and provide an index of known makers, but also review the loading accessories deemed necessary to properly serve these extraordinary arms. The text defines the special advantages of the Schuetzen style rifle, and addresses the evolution that occurred in breeching and locking mechanisms".

Hardcover. 11.5"x9", 384 pages, hundreds of color and some black & white and line illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90317
Price: $ 90.00      

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