From 1851 to 1891 Adams' revolvers were the chief rivals of the Colt and were widely adopted as service revolvers not only England but in Australia, Canada and various European countries and many were sold in the U.S.A. or manufactured there under license. This is the first full study of their design, evolution, manufacture and use.
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Description du livre Barrie & Jenkins, London, 1976. Hardcover. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. First Edition. 240 pages, well illustrated, black cloth, dust jacket, very good. 8.5 by 12 by 1 inches. From the Wikipedia website: "Robert Adams (1809-1880) was a 19th-century British gunsmith who patented the first successful double-action revolver in 1851. His revolvers were used during the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, the U. S. Civil War, and the Anglo-Zulu War. ~ In 1867, Robert Adams' brother John Adams patented a breech-loading revolver which was adopted by the British government in place of the Beaumont-Adams. It was a solid frame pistol with six chambers, in .450 caliber. After official acceptance of his pistol, Adams left the London Armoury Company and established his own factor, the Adams Patent Small Arms Company. His pistol was manufactured in three distinct variations (differences related mainly to methods of spent cartridge ejection) between 1867 and about 1880. The models were tested and adopted by the British Army and Navy, with the last, the M1872 Mark III, seeing the widest use. The John Adams revolver remained the official sidearm of the British Army until replaced by the Enfield Mark I in 1880." ; 240 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 40140