Synopses & Reviews
“The story of Smith & Wesson handguns and their evolution is one of the hallowed tales of American firearms history,” according to the firearms writer Jim Casada. Anyone who collects Smith & Wessons or is simply interested in their backstory will cherish this book.
Though originally published in 1945, more than half a century ago, Smith & Wesson Hand Guns remains the source for Smith & Wesson enthusiasts. It is an authoritative reference and has remained, for over five decades, the cornerstone upon which Smith & Wesson research rests. This work is foundational, supported by sixty-three detailed illustrations showing the handguns, the unique hammer mechanism, and facsimile reproductions of vintage advertising copy.
The first twenty-four chapters of the book, which tell the story of Smith and Wesson and the development of Smith & Wesson handguns, are very informative. After the reader becomes familiar with Smith and Wessons history together, as well as their creation of a business, illustrations exhibiting Smith & Wesson handguns will show rather than tell of their magnificence. Finally, descriptions of different caliber guns are given, where readers will gain invaluable information regarding Smith & Wesson handguns. For any Smith & Wesson enthusiast or collector, this work is impossible to put down.
An authoritative classic on the history and craft of Smith & Wesson handguns.
About the Author
Roy C. McHenry was a Special Agent with the Bureau of Investigation (later named the FBI) from 1917 to 1920. Upon leaving, he entered the practice of law in Birmingham, New York. He is now deceased.Walter F. Roper is the author of Pistol and Revolver Shooting and Experiments of a Handgunner. Roper was a fine marksman and an engineer and is best known for his custom handgun stocks for both pistols and revolvers. He is now deceased.