American & British 410 Shotguns, by Gabriel, Ronald S.
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- ISBN: 9780873496797 | 0873496795
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 4/1/2004
Noted 410 shooter/historian, Ronald Gabriel, gives his readers the most in-depth look at the 410 shotgun ever compiled. From the 410 bore's origins in the latter half of the 19th century to the latest models, this book is a must-read for all who fancy small-bore shotguns. In addition to extensive 410 cartridge and ballistic information, all major 410 manufacturers from both the United States and Britain are discussed in great detail. American companies like Browning, Ithaca, Parker, L.C. Smith and Winchester along with British manufacturers such as Boss, Churchill, Holland & Holland, Purdey, W.W. Greener, Westley Richards and many others are featured. The more than 200 stunning color photos provide a splendid backdrop for a discussion that details and summarizes existing 410 knowledge through documented and reliable data. Over 30 years of research has gone into making this book, which draws on careful analysis of production records, sales reports, serial number sequences and other first-hand sources. While the author maintains the main purpose of this volume is "to provide a substrate of documented and reliable data upon which others can build in the future," he also acknowledges that another purpose is "to persuade the reader that the beauty of shooting a 410 ... is that the rewards of patience and good form are a broken target and harvested game." Book jacket.