Handfuls of History

New in the Fourth Edition

The fourth edition contains over 2,000 new images of fifty additional guns, along with a section on flare guns and a new short story. The coverage of World War I and earlier military rifles is greatly expanded and the selection of Japanese rifles now includes the earliest models produced by the island Empire and a "last ditch" example from the final months of World War II. There are also new essays on the history of firearms, the “Treasures of Nepal” and “The Shrinking Military Rifle”.

Among the many rare or unusual pieces new in the fourth edition are:

Currently shipping version 4.1 which also includes:

Full list of added guns:

  1. Matchlocks

    1. Indian Torador Musket
  2. Flintlock Pistols

    1. Penel Double-Barreled Flintlock
    2. German Hunting Hanger-Pistol Combination Weapon
  3. Percussion Pistols

    1. Robbins & Lawrence Pepperbox
    2. Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver
    3. Tranter Third Model Two-Trigger Revolver
  4. Muzzle-loading Muskets and Rifles

    1. M1840 Chasseur Carbine
    2. Brunswick Two-Groove Rifle
    3. Model 1863 U.S. Double Rifle
  5. Early Rimfire Pistols

    1. Tranter Single-Trigger Revolver
  6. Breech-loading Rifles and Carbines

    1. Nicanor Kendall Harmonica Rifle
    2. Model 1863 Maynard Carbine
    3. Needham Musket Conversion
    4. Second Model Allin Conversion 1866 Springfield
    5. Murata Type 18
    6. Model 1873 “Trapdoor” Springfield
    7. French Model 1874 Gras Rifle
    8. Type 22 Murata Rifle
    9. Brazilian Contract Comblain Rifle
    10. Gehendra Rifle
    11. Evans Repeating Carbine, Transitional Model
    12. H. Pieper Shotgun
    13. Model 1891 Argentine Mauser
    14. Model 1893 Spanish Mauser
    15. Swedish M1896 Mauser
    16. Type 30 Arisaka Rifle
    17. Winchester Model 1905 Auto-loading Rifle
    18. M1892 Berthier Carbine
    19. M1916 Berthier
    20. Model 1898 Mauser
    21. Model 1891 Carcano Rifle
    22. Ross Rifle
    23. Russian Contract Model 1895 Winchester
    24. M1891 Mosin-Nagant Rifle
    25. M1895 Steyr Rifle
    26. Mark III* Small Magazine Lee-Enfield
    27. M1911 Schmidt-Rubin
    28. Italian Vetterli Rifle
    29. Stevens Crack Shot Rifle
    30. M93-R35 Lebel Carbine
    31. Mark III Greener Police Shotgun
    32. Mossberg 42M-B Training Rifle
    33. Arisaka Type 99 Rifle
    34. Last Ditch Arisaka Type 99 Rifle
    35. Vietnam Captured MAS 36
    36. French MAS 49/56 Rifle
  7. Early Military and Police Pistols

    1. Bavarian Werder Artillery Pistol
    2. Levaux Revolver
    3. H. Pieper Garcia-Reynoso Revolver
    4. Reising .22-Caliber Target Pistol
  8. Pocket Pistols

    1. Continental Pepperbox
  9. World War II-Era Pistols

    1. Swiss Model 1929 Luger
    2. Chinese “Mauser”
    3. Israeli Webley
  10. Flare Guns

    1. Hebel Model 1894
    2. American Very Pistol Mark III
    3. Perplex Model 2 Double Barrel
    4. Japanese Type 10 Flare Gun
    5. International Flare Mark 2 Pyrotechnic Pistol
    6. English No 2 Mrk 5 Flare Signal Gun Pistol
    7. Pyrotechnic Pistol M8
    8. German ayf (Erma) Model 28
    9. USN Sedgley Mark 5