The history of the guns & the modern reproductions. Following the American Civil War, manufacturers such as Colt and Remington found themselves with an overabundance of cap and ball pistols. As firearms technology advanced from the era of the percussion revolver to the beginning of the metallic cartridge, gunmakers needed to move inventories of percussion arms that were fast becoming obsolete. Introduction by Tom Selleck, and forward by R.L. Wilson. 208pp.