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Winchester Rifle: A Resource Guide

General Book Titles

Jesse James; his Winchester rifle. 1921. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Famous for its rugged construction, the original Winchester Rifle allowed the rifleman to fire a number of shots before having to reload: hence the term "repeating rifle." A repeating rifleis a single-barreled rifle containing multiple rounds of ammunition that are loaded from a reservoir chamber (magazine) by means of a manual or automatic mechanism. Where as rifling refers to spiral grooves that have been formed into the barrel of a firearm. It is the means by which a firearm imparts a spin to a projectile to gyroscopically stabilize it to improve accuracy.

The books listed below cover a range of topics from different types of firearms and their history, the history of those who wielded them on both sides of the law and the history of the American West itself.

Selected Bibliography

The following materials include links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are included when available.