This is a facsimile of “The Book of the Pistol” by Hugh B. C. Pollard, originally published in 1917.
Written from a British perspective, this book is a complete treatise on the handgun and its uses. A book that was intended for both the handgun collector and the avid shooter, Pollard covers the fascinating history of the pistol, starting with the invention of gunpowder and continuing up until the modern era (1917). He explains the technological advancements and the wars in which each the pistol was used.
Pollard then turns an eye to the practical, focusing on learning how to shoot and develop great skill with the handgun. He introduces the reader to both target shooting and practical self defense shooting.
The book includes many photographs as well as tables of technological data.
The Dawn of Powder
The Percussion System
The Development of the Revolver
History, Wars, and the Pistol
Modern Military Arms
The Automatic Pistol
The Pocket Automatic and Revolver
Learning to Shoot
Equipment, Accessories, Cleaning, Etc.
Bisley Shooting and Competition Work
A Short Course of Active Service Revolver Training
Clubs and Ranges
Comparison of Bore and Caliber
European Revolver Cartridges and Charges
Revolver Cartridges and Loads (American)
Table of Modern Standard Revolvers and Automatic Pistols, with their Calibres, Barrel Lengths, Number of Shots, and Weight
Table Showing Comparison of Ballistics of Smokeless Revolver Cartridges and the Same Calibre Automatic Pistol Loads
Names of the Principal Parts of a Flint-Lock Pistol
List of London Gunmakers 1825
List of some British Gunmakers
Some European Pistol Makers
Scoring Scale for Revolver Shooting at Figure or Blank Targets or Wax-Bullet Practice at Individuals
Proof and Armourer’s Marks