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Old March 26, 2009, 10:17 AM   #1
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history of the rifle

I'm working on an research paper over the history of the rifle, and was wondering if anyone could recomend sources to pull from?
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Old March 27, 2009, 05:47 AM   #2
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John Walter's "Rifles of the World" is probably the best place to start, and it has a bibliography that leads to other sources.
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Old March 27, 2009, 04:55 PM   #3
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The best sources for the general level are those "coffee table" books you can often find "remaindered" at the book stores. Most of the books I have, for example, are at a much higher (or lower) level from a general overview of the type in a term paper.

Also, Wikipedia provides a great source for that kind of stuff. (Be careful in quoting - profs also know about Wikipedia and almost always will look for plagiarism.)

One thing, watch terminology; you just might have a prof who does know something about guns. A cartridge is loaded into a gun; a bullet comes out of the barrel. A rifle has grooves, called "rifling", in the barrel to spin a bullet and give it gyroscopic stability. Shotguns and old muskets are smooth bored, without those grooves.

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Old March 27, 2009, 06:38 PM   #4
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I'd suggest your local library.
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