Online Catalogue last updated 25th of June 2012
Written by Robert M. Heath
Heath has researched the history, metallurgy, and the archaeology of the English and French guns that were traded to the American Indians. But, he has also gone one step further, he set out to reproduce the gun barrels using the blacksmithing techniques of the day.
Here you get a book published by the author himself. It's typewritten, and the binding is side sewn by hand. It contains the history of iron smelting, discussion of crystal structure, hardening and tempering, forge welding, and you get barrel making discussion in the last third of the book.
There are no photographs, but you do get many illustrations with lots of details. This does not tell you how to build an entire firearm, but it gives you the idea of how these guns were manufactured.
Code No. 008446, 270 pages, $70.00