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Old West Bookshelf

Book about the old west, fur trade, cowboys, pioneers, gunfighters and more.

Here is an extensive selection of hand picked books that deal with the old west.  Organized by periods,  these books cover the fur trade of the west, the pioneers, the cowboys, the gold rush and more.  Many of these titles are considered classics and are a must have for any student or researcher of old west history.   Any of them would make a great addition to any library.

Books about the old west.

The Fur Trade

The Voyageur

The Voyageur is the authoritative account of a unique and colorful group of men whose exploits, songs, and customs comprise an enduring legacy. French Canadians who guided and paddled the canoes of explorers and fur traders, the voyageurs were experts at traversing the treacherous rapids and dangerous open waters of the canoe routes from Quebec and Montreal to the regions bordering the Great Lakes and on to the Mackenzie and Columbia Rivers. During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Birchbark Brigade: A Fur Trade History

From Booklist:
The history of colonial-era North America is usually presented to children in terms of settlement - think Jamestown and Plymouth - but this treatment too often ignores the fascinating development and expansion of the fur trade that drove much of the European interest in the continent...The author's enthusiasm for her subject will communicate itself to readers, even those who never dreamed they'd be interested, making this the best kind of discovery. (time line, notes, bibliography, suggested reading, places to visit, index) --Kirkus Reviews
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous: A History of The Fur Trade 1825 - 1840

An excellent guide for mountain-man enthusiasts and an intriguing exploration of the West, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous focuses on the fur-trading rendezvous that took place from 1825-1840 in the Central Rocky Mountains. Originally commercial gatherings where furs were traded for necessities such as traps, guns, horses, and other supplies, they evolved into rich social events that were pivotal in shaping the early American West.

Carefully crafted and compiled from primary sources, Rocky Mountain Rendezvous includes fascinating text by Gowans accompanied by firsthand accounts of 16 rendezvous from scientists, artists, military personnel, government explorers, and missionaries. Their diaries, journals, narratives, and books, along with Gowan's careful research, are illustrated with photographs and drawings. Maps pinpoint the location of each rendezvous, and photos depict the site today.

Dr. Fred Gowans is a former professor at Brigham Young University who continues to lecture on the West and its unique history. His books include Mountain Man & Grizzly and Fort Bridger: Island in the Wilderness. He lives in Wyoming.

The American Fur Trade of the Far West, Vol. 1

Epic in sweep and reach, strongly written and superbly researched, The American Fur Trade of the Far West is a classic if there ever was one. Its publication in 1902 made clear how much the fur trade was "indissolubly connected to the history of North America."

Chittenden brought to this enduring work an appreciation of geography and a feeling for the lives and times of colorful trappers and mountain men like Manuel Lisa, William H. Ashley, the Sublette brothers, Jedediah Smith, Jim Bridger, and Kenneth McKenzie. He provided a comprehensive view of the fur trade that still remains sound.

Volume 1 of the Bison edition includes the organization and financing of the fur trade and a detailed history of the major American companies operating in the trans-Mississippi West to the year 1843.

The American Fur Trade of the Far West, Vol. 2

The American Fur Trade of the Far West is the premier history of its subject. Its publication in 1902 invited historians and general readers to look more closely at the intricate connec-tions of the fur trade with the development of North America. 

Hiram Chittenden provides a perspective or overall outline of the fur trade that, after nearly a century, remains sound. Volume 2 of this Bison Book edition follows the traps and trails of such colorful characters as Ezekial Williams, Hugh Glass, Mike Fink, and John Colter. Described here are the explorers, missionaries, government survey parties, and Indian tribes of the fur trade West, and the geography that often determined their success or failure.

Nine appendixes containing miscellaneous primary materials precede a bibliography and index. A new feature is a foreword by William R. Swagerty.

The Voyageur

Nute's best-selling book portrays the indefatigable French-Canadian canoe men, whose labors were vital to the fur trade and whose influence reaches us through the colorful songs, place names, customs, and legends they left behind. This definitive account was first published in 1931.
Fort Union and the Upper Missouri Fur Trade

In this book, Barton Barbour presents the first comprehensive history of Fort Union, the nineteenth century's most important and longest-lived Upper Missouri River fur trading post. Barbour explores the economic, social, legal, cultural, and political significance of the fort that was the brainchild of Kenneth McKenzie and Pierre Chouteau, Jr., and a part of John Jacob Astor's fur trade empire. From 1830 to 1867, Fort Union symbolized the power of New York and St. Louis, and later, St. Paul merchants' capital in the West. The most lucrative post on the northern plains, Fort Union affected national relations with a number of native tribes, such as the Assiniboine, Cree, Crow, Sioux, and Blackfeet. It also influenced American interactions with Great Britain, whose powerful Hudson's Bay Company competed for Upper Missouri furs.

Barbour shows how Indians, mixed-bloods, Hispanic-, African-, Anglo-, and other Euro-Americans living at Fort Union created a system of community law that helped maintain their unique frontier society. Many visiting artists and scientists produced a magnificent graphic and verbal record of events and people at the post, but the old-time world of fur traders and Indians collapsed during the Civil War when political winds shifted in favor of Lincoln's Republican Party. In 1865 Chouteau lost his trade license and sold Fort Union to new operators, who had little interest in maintaining the post's former culture. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
The Fur Trade of the American West: A Geographical Synthesis

"In stressing the exploitation and destruction of the physical and human environment rather than the usual frontier romanticism, David Wishart has provided for students of the trans-Mississippi fur trade a valuable service."-Journal of the Early Republic. A standard reference work [that] should be required reading for all students of the American west."-Pacific Historical Review. "The whole [fur trade] system is traced out from the Green River rendezvous or the Fort Union post to the trading houses of St. Louis and the auctions in New York and Europe. Such factors as capital formation, shifting commercial institutions, the role of advanced market information, and the nature, kinds, costs, and speed of transportation are all worked into the story, as is the relationship of the whole fur trade to national and international business cycles. This is an impressive achievement for a book so brief...[It] opens out onto new methodological vistas and paradigms in western history."-William H. Goetzmann, New Mexico Historical Review David J. Wishart is a professor of geography at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the winner of the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize for distinguished books in American geography, sponsored by the Association of American Geographers for An Unspeakable Sadness: The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians, also available in a Bison Books edition.
Guns on the Early Frontiers: A History of Firearms from Colonial Times through the Years of the Western Fur Trade

"Here is a book for the historian, the student, the gun collector or aficionado...It approaches understatement to call Guns on the Early Frontiers an outstanding contribution to firearms literature. It sets its own standard."--New York Times. "A Glossary of Gun Terms, ample footnotes most skillfully arranged and illustrations beyond the dreams of avarice complement the text, which achieves the miracle of scholarship without tedium."--W.H. Hutchinson, San Francisco Chronicle. "Not the least interesting portions of the book are the notes and glossary and the excellent bibliography. Here [is] a book designed primarily for the serious collector or gun historian, but whose readable style should appeal even to the casual amateur. The collecting of old guns, whether privately or by a public institution, involves a certain responsibility. These guns, whose history is inextricably linked with the history of settlement, require something more than careful preservations. They require--and the present volume goes far to supply--accurate documentation."--Canadian Historical Review. Carl P. Russell, a leading authority on firearms of the American frontier, was coordinator of planning for the science and history museums and other interpretive facilities of the National Park Service in the Western United States.
Fur Traders, Trappers, and Mountain Men of the Upper Missouri

John Jacob Astor’s dream of empire took shape as the American Fur Company. At Astor’s retirement in 1834, this corporate monopoly reached westward from a depot on Mackinac Island to subposts beyond the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers.
Fur Traders, Trappers, and Mountain Men of the Upper Missouri focuses on eighteen men who represented the American Fur Company and its successors in the Upper Missouri trade. Their biographies have been compiled from the classic ten-volume Mountain Men and the Fur Trade of the Far West, edited by LeRoy R. Hafen.
These chapters bring back movers and shapers of a great venture: Ramsay Crooks, the mountain man who headed the American Fur Company after Astor; Kenneth McKenzie, “King of the Missouri;” Gabriel Franchere, survivor of the Astorian disaster; Charles Larpenteur, commander of Fort Union and fur-trade chronicler. Here, too, are the fiery William Laidlaw, ambitious James Kipp and John Cabanne Sr., diplomatic David Dawson Mitchell and Malcolm Clark, goutish James A. Hamilton (Palmer), controversial John F. A. Sanford and Francis A. Chardon, easy-going William Gordon, and ill-fated William E. Vanderburgh. Completing this memorable cast are Alexander Culbertson, skilled hunter; Auguste Pike Vasquez, mountain man; Henry A. Boller, educated clerk; and Jean Baptiste Moncravie, trader and raconteur.
Guns on the Early Frontiers: From Colonial Times to the Years of the Western Fur Trade (Dover Books on Americana)
Thoroughly documented reference identifies guns used in America during eastern settlement and westward expansion. The highly readable survey describes the traders, trappers, soldiers, and Native Americans who used and sold weapons as well as those who made them. 58 rare illustrations depict everything from antique muskets and revolving pistols to bullet molds and powder horns.
Indians in the Fur Trade: Their Roles as Trappers, Hunters, and Middlemen in the Lands Southwest of Hudson Bay, 1660-1870

Indians in the Fur Trade makes extensive use of previously unpublished Hudson's Bay Company archival materials and other available data to reconstruct the cultural geography of the West at the time of early contact, illustrating many of the rapid cultural transformations with maps and diagrams. Now with a new introduction and an update on sources, it will continue to be of great use to students and scholars of Native and Canadian history.
Fur Trade and Exploration: Opening the Far Northwest 1821-1852

In nineteenth-century North America the beaver was "brown gold." It and other furbearing animals were the targets of an extractive industry like gold mining. Hoping to make their fortunes with the Hudson's Bay Company, young Scots and Englishmen left their homes in the British Isles for the Canadian frontier. In the Far Northwest-northern British Columbia, the Yukon, the western Northwest Territories, and eastern Alaska-they collaborated with Indians and French Canadians to send back as many pelts as possible in return for an allotment of trade goods. The extraordinary achievements of the trader-adventurers-such men as Samuel Black, John Bell, and Robert Campbell-have been overlooked by previous historians because their way was so difficult and their successes were so meager. Isolated at the end of 3,000 miles of canoe trails, in fierce competition with Russian and Indian traders, they always worked against the odds while at every turn the Bay Company withheld its support in order to conserve profits.

Chuck Wagon and Dutch Oven Cooking

Chuck Wagon Cookin'

Chili, stew, biscuits—it's all here in over a hundred old-time recipes, home remedies too! More than a cookbook, it's a treasure trove of ranch lore.

"This is a splendid collection of cowcamp cook tales and 112 authentic old-time dutch oven recipes." —Books of the Southwest

"It is a delightful combination of yarns, history, nostalgia, and solid information—all ingeniously brewed up and spiced by a lady who knows what she is about." —Journal of Arizona History

"We haven't had a book that was so much fun to read in a long time." —Journal of the West

"If you want a good change in your eating, this is the book for you." —
True West

Chuck Wagon Cookbook

Lone Star Book Review

No chuck wagon feed is complete without its basic ingredients of beans, beef, hot biscuits, apple pie, and lots of coffee. Beth McElfresh shows you how to host the all–time chuck wagon feed with easy–to–follow recipes.

Included are original recipes for boiled apple dumplings, lima beans baked with steak, and general, everyday useful tips, all from the renowned Western cook, Hi Pockets. She describes various health remedies learned from the old–timers on the range, that are as useful today as they were then.

Also included are recipes showing you how to create actual hand lotion and soaps like those used in the rugged west; wines, tea, punch, even candy and ice cream are included.

The Chuck Wagon Cookbook: Recipes from the Ranch and Range for Today's Kitchen

A cowboy's life is more than steers, saddles, and spurs. There is also food, and lots of it, cooked out in the open after a rugged day on the range. The tradition lives on in the West and at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Here genuine chuck wagon cooks gather each spring to share recipes, stories, and real cowboy fare. This cookbook features their recipes along with a colorful history of ranch and range cooking.

Modern cowboy cooking blends simple, down-to-earth flavors with current tastes for a style that retains a distinct Western flavor. All the recipes included here have been adapted for home kitchens, but just in case, there are plenty of tips for preparing meals over an open fire. Ranging from classic cowboy favorites to the avant-garde in Western cuisine, these recipes demonstrate ranch-style cooking at its best.

Chuck Wagon Heyday

The History And Color Of The Chuck Wagon At Work.

A nice history of the chuck wagon and it's place in western history.
Cooking the Cowboy Way: Recipes Inspired by Campfires, Chuck Wagons, and Ranch Kitchens

Life in the saddle, on the trail, and in the outback has forged a style of living that cowboy-turned-chef Grady Spears calls the Cowboy Way. It's a life where boots and hats are much more about function than fashion. It means that when you eat, drink, and breathe the tending of cattle, raising beef is not just some exercise where loss is charted on a spreadsheet. When your days are filled with the smells of fresh-cut hay and the creaking of worn leather, when you wake up with the sun and to the smell of coffee on the boil and biscuits from the chuck wagon, you are living the Cowboy Way.

Because cowboys spend long days outdoors in every kind of weather, sometimes for weeks at a time, satiating a cowboy's hunger is a challenge for ranch cooks from Texas to Florida, north into Canada, and south of the border into Mexico. This collection of almost one hundred recipes is not only the result of Grady's journey across North America, but also the cowboy's journey through history.

In Cooking the Cowboy Way, you'll have a ringside seat at the rodeo as Grady wrestles down new recipes from some incredible cowboy cooks and kitchen wranglers who know what hungry cow folks want to eat. And in the process, you'll be carried away by the magic of starry nights by the campfire and seduced by the heritage of the chuck wagon and ranch kitchens, where the menus are still stoked by the traditions of the Old West just as they have been for a century or more.

Barbecue Biscuits & Beans: Chuck Wagon Cooking

FrFrom Publishers Weekly

Cauble and Teinert are serious about turning chuck wagon cooking into a regional art form. Together, they helped found the Western Chuck Wagon Association. Teinert runs a catering service; Cauble cooked for a working ranch. In the introduction to the 180 recipes rounded up for this collection, Cauble identifies the challenges of his craft: "Cowboys like meat, beans, potatoes and bread. They like corn. Some will eat a green vegetable, especially if it's fried. They want Ranch dressing, even if it's from a bottle." Thus, ingredients for these dishes are always hearty and often abundant, with the quirky exceptions of Mountain Oysters and Baked Dove in Gravy. Cookware, when needed, is preferably cast iron. Part of the fun here is the enormous portion sizes: Roasted Suckling Pig calls for a 15- to 25-pound oinker ("scalded and scraped") and a coffee can to support its body cavity; it serves 15 to 20. SOB Stew uses up all the innards of a suckling calf, and the recipe ends with, "Add brains 15 minutes before serving." Saner classics abound, too: Chicken Fried Steak, Chili, Buttermilk Biscuits and Vanilla Ice Cream. Sauces, mops and rubs are essential for many of the entrees and the authors provide plenty of suggestions, including a complex Jalapeño Raspberry Sauce with mango nectar, as well as a basic Barbecue Mop with Worcestershire sauce, vinegar sugar and spices. The brief foreword by Tommy Lee Jones is somewhat lackluster, but the book's photos are wildly Western without being cliché.
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The Cowboy Chuckwagon Cookbook

Kelsey Dollar's collection of stick-to-your-ribs recipes and colloquial sayings is a masterpiece of cowboy cooking and cowboy thinking. A bevy of chuck wagon cookies hitch up their britches to serve up unforgettable recipes from a bygone era and today. In between bites you'll enjoy the wisdom and humor of straight thinkers from out West.

Cowboys and Chuckwagons

This story is about cowboys and chuckwagons during the early days of cattle ranching in Western Canada. The lifestyle, customs, dress and food of the cowboy is an interesting and important part of Canada's heritage. Mouth-watering recipes such as Son-of-a-Gun-in-a-Sack have been thoroughly tested and adapted for 20th century cooks.

The Come'n Get It cookbooks are a unique combination of down-home recipes, early western Canadian ranch lore and archival photographs. Material had been gathered from manuscripts, history books, family cookbooks and farm interviews with ranching families, and represent a cross section of Canada's ranching country extending from the Cariboo area of British Columbia, through southern Alberta to Saskatchewan.

Texas Chuckwagon Cuisine

Texas Chuckwagon Cuisine offers authentic cowboy trail cooking for the Dutch-oven enthusiast as well as for folks who want to make these traditional cowboy dishes in a modern kitchen. Value-priced at a remarkable $5.95, this stock stuffer-sized cook book explores the lore behind cattleman Charles Goodnight's venerable invention, the chuck wagon. Author Evan Moore met chuck wagon legend Shedrick Hardy III on the historic 6666 Ranch more than 50 years ago and has been smitten with real West victuals ever since. Over the years, he has attempted to recreate parts of that meal Hardy prepared, always with what he knew to be the same ingredients, always with authentic cast iron skillets and seasoned Dutch ovens. The book shares Moore's favorite recipes for migas, sourdough biscuits, round up stew, chicken fried steak, stolen chicken, cornmeal cakes, Texas camp bread, splatter dabs, spotted pup, drunken peach cobbler and many others. Victuals that would hearten the most jaded, trail-weary cowhand. Many of the recipes are from champion Dutch oven competitors. For those without the patience to dig a pit and nurture a cook fire, the easy-to-follow recipes are also converted for use on contemporary stoves.
Sowbelly and Sourdough: Original Recipes from the Trail Drives and Cow Camps of the 1800s

Although Sowbelly and Sourdough were staples in the chuck box, the cook often had a few more provisions on hand. Using limited ingredients, bean wranglers created mouth-watering vittles for a demanding bunch of cowboys. Their techniques and recipes, recorded here, range from traditional meat and bean dishes to fine-tastin' baked goods and sweet-tooth-teasin' desserts.

Reaching behind the recipes, author Scott Gregory peeks into the lives of the chuck wagon cook and the cow pokes who gathered 'round his wagon. He reveals not only the "hows," but the "whys" of meal preparation on the trail. Quotes, quips and particulars around out the recipes, lending insight into the trail hand's rough and rigorous lifestyle.

SOWBELLY AND SOURDOUGH returns to a simpler way of living, and brings back the savory goodness of hearty meals built from scratch.

Trail Boss's Cowboy Cookbook

Trail Boss's Cowboy Cookbook includes 458 recipes from 24 states and 8 countries. Not just a meat-and-potatoes cookbook, this collection of authentic rangeland dishes and the historical notes behind them will surprise and satisfy everyone from seasoned gourmets to casual cooks. With recipes for foods in 31 categories, including hors d'oeuvres, sauces and condiments, casseroles, game, Mexican dishes, breads, cakes and pies, and, of course, meat and poultry, Trail Boss's Cowboy Cookbook brings the best of cowboy cooking to your own kitchen.
Old West Baking Book (Cookbooks and Restaurant Guides)

Living in the Old West required not only stamina, but innovation. Imagine putting a cake together without fresh supplies, measuring spoons, or a dedicated work area; imagine baking that cake without a thermometer, steady heat, or a timer. How did those who traveled and lived in the Old West do it? The Old West Baking Book shares the baking secrets of Native American ranch house cooks, chuck wagon chefs, and wagon train homemakers, with over a hundred Old West recipes updated and kitchen tested. Laced among classic baked goods recipes such as Sourdough Biscuits, Spotted Pup Pudding, and Wild Grape-Apple Pie are dozens of anecdotes and fun facts on how our ancestors were so successful with so little. Open the pages of The Old West Baking Book and bring the flavor of the Old West into your home today.

Guns of the Old West

Guns of the Old West: An Illustrated History

In the remote parts of America’s Western territories during much of the 1800s, law and order was overextended or even nonexistent. Guns were used by some, such as hunters and settlers, for self-protection and their very salvation, and by others as a means to impose their will, legally or otherwise. There can be no doubt that the exploration and exploitation of the Western frontier that began in 1804 was inextricably linked to the development of the firearm. It is certainly true today that firearms are associated with the Old West more than with any other era of American history. That Old West period, which ended officially in 1890, saw gun
design and manufacture improve dramatically, such that the “taming of the West” could be accomplished with grit and determination, and also with reliable firearms. It is not surprising to learn that very often those firearms were Colts or Winchesters, since these were the gunmakers who achieved more than most in technological development and manufacturing prowess, pioneering the revolver and the lever-action rifle, respectively. Within these pages are the pistols and revolvers, rifles and carbines used by the hunters, the settlers, the lawmen and the lawless, the military and the showmen. All are interestingly described in accompanying essays written by an acknowledged expert in the field.
Guns of the American West

This is a sprawling history of a nation built on the sweat and ambition of inventors, adventurers, and people searching for a new beginning in the mid-19th century. As readers see America change over the decades, they witness the role of the gun in preserving life, defending families and upholding law and order at a time when nothing in life was simple. With the turn of the century we follow this tale of adventure and innovation into the early 1900s, and the end of a way of life, the end of the Wild West and the American Cowboy of a bygone era.
  Guns of the Wild West : A photographic tour of the guns that shaped our country's history.

For those with an interest in American history and sporting, here’s a fascinating, authoritative look at some of the most famous guns of the Wild West, drawn from the collection of the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. Known as “the Smithsonian of the West,” this grand museum complex is home to many treasures related to the history, art, and ethnology of the American West. Following the success of our previous Courage title The Civil War Catalog, another copiously illustrated hardcover format focused on historic weapons and equipment, this beautifully photographed new volume showcases more than 50 of the actual weapons used by some of the most famous western legends, from Lewis and Clark to Buffalo Bill Cody, Theodore Roosevelt, and John “Jeremiah” Johnson.
  Shooting Lever Guns of the Old West

This 300 page book details all pre-1900 models of Winchester and Marlin lever action rifles and carbines, plus contains reloading data on cartridges from the .25-20 to the .50-110.
Guns of the Old West

Originally written in the 1950s, Guns of the Old West is a factual account of the guns used during, and after, one of the most romanticized and often misconstrued periods in American history. It covers a wide array of firearms, from the smallest of hideaway pistols - the Derringer - to the largest of Colt's single-action revolvers, the more recent Mauser "broomhandle," and the Colt 1911 auto pistol. Illustrated throughout, this book describes not only the evolution of fighting pistols and rifles during the 1800s and before, but also the men who created and used them. Of particular interest is the chapter titled "Frontier Life Insurance" that defines the code by which men lived and fought with their pistols. It was a time when the handgun was both a defensive and offensive weapon, much more than today, when it is considered mainly for defense. The chapter on "The Long Guns" covers the development of frontier rifles, from the famous Kentucky rifle of the plains and the mountain man's Hawken to the ever-popular Winchester lever actions.

Guns of the Old West: An Illustrated Guide

Definitive, scrupulously researched work not only tells the dramatic story of shoulder arms, hand guns, percussion and cartridge weapons but also describes the hunters, settlers, peace officers, soldiers, range detectives, rustlers, and outlaws who used them. An invaluable guide for collectors, dealers, enthusiasts and students. 499 black-and-white illustrations. Bibliography. Index.
Gunsmithing - Guns of the Old West (Gunsmithing)

Coverage includes nearly 50 Old West firearms- High-resolution photos, diagrams and illustrations guide readers through repairing and upgrading antique and replica guns- Includes an expanded and illustrated glossary.
The Look of the Old West: A Fully Illustrated Guide

Illustrated with images of sabers, steamboats, handguns, hats, saddles, and more, this is a valuable resource for historians, re-enactors, costumers, and others. With encyclopedic knowledge and an extensive collection of Old West memorabilia handed down to him from Civil War veterans, cowboys, frontiersmen, and Native Americans, William Foster-Harris truly understood what the days of cowboys and trail drivers looked and felt like. His book offers the fashions and feel of the Old West from the end of the Civil War through the 1890s by detailing the styles of the period; military dress for the Union and Confederate armies; weaponry of the time; and more. Illustrated with clear, precise drawings to assist the descriptions, few books present a better idea of how the West really looked.
Age of the Gunfighter: Men and Weapons on the Frontier, 1840-1900

Based upon contemporary and informed opinion, Age of the Gunfighter tells of a tempestuous time and many a notorious gunfighter. Few of those who achieved fame and a reputation lived into old age. Ed Masterson, Tom Smith, and Bill Tilghman, for example, died in the line of duty. Others, like Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid, were murdered because of their reputations, at the hands of the law or for personal or financial gain. And the few who survived into old age in the twentieth century, such as Wyatt Earp, were men out of place and time, steeped in nostalgia for an era gone but immortalized as the age of the gunfighter.

Famous Firearms of the Old West: From Wild Bill Hickok's Colt Revolvers to Geronimo's Winchester, Twelve Guns That Shaped Our History

More than a few of the actual guns once in the hands of the heroes and villains of America’s Old West still exist, housed in a dozen museums across the country—from the Model 1866 .44-40 that Chief Joseph famously surrendered to General Miles to Wild Bill Hickok’s Colt Model 1851 revolvers; from Buffalo Bill’s .50 caliber breechloading needlegun nicknamed “Lucrezia Borgia” to John Wesley Hardin’s 1860 model .44 SA revolvers.

Famous Firearms of the Old West follows the life stories of a dozen actual pistols, rifles, and shotguns instrumental in shaping America’s history—using them as entrées into the lives of the shooters themselves. This is a vivid portrait of famous Western characters, paired with the guns they used to make themselves famous or, as the case may be, infamous. It is a must for anyone interested in the history and lore of the Wild West, gun hobbyists, and tourists seeking a museum experience with a difference.
Peacemakers: Arms and Adventure in the American West

A history of the American West, as detailed by the broad range of arms and their users.

A unique pictorial celebration of the West, lavishly illustrated and unsurpassed in its authenticity: a collector's item for anyone interested in America's Colorful past. From the Lewis and Clark Expedition to today's Western films and videos, here are the arms and adventures who made the Colt, the Winchester, and many oilier marques into American legends. Over 300 color plates, and over 200 black-and-white photos.
Colt : An American Legend

A must-have for every collector and enthusiast, this official history of Colt firearms illustrates and describes every model in every variation, from 1836 to 1986.

No inventor in the history of American industry has captured the imagination the way Samuel Colt did. His revolving pistol became synonymous with American genius and invention, gave birth to a great manufacturing empire, and was legendary in the history of the Civil War, in the taming of the West, and in campaigns and adventures all over the world--wherever Colonel Colt's invention "made men equal."

Written by the leading authority on firearms, there has never been a bigger, more beautiful, or more extraordinary book in the firearms field. With more than 3300 color photographs and 115 in black-and-white (all taken especially for this book), Colt: An American Legend illustrates and describes every model Colt produced between 1836 and 1986.

The large format of the book allows many of the firearms to be shown full size, and the history, development, and importance of each model and variation are presented and described in authoritative detail. A unique appendix traces the complete serial numbers and year of manufacture of every Colt model--a remarkable and invaluable guide for every serious collector and dealer.

Other Details: 410 illustrations, 305 in full color 368 pages 11 x 11" Published 1985