Preview: Arming The World | American Gunmakers In The Gilded Age

posted on May 26, 2024
Arming The World | American Gunmakers In The Gilded Age

In an incredible tour through the American experience during what is arguably the golden age of firearm development, author Geoffrey Stewart highlights the 25-year period between the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London and the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition of 1876 from the perspective of the American arms industry.

Each of these great industrial showcases bookend one of the most remarkable periods of firearm evolution and encompass a time when American armsmakers grew into industrial giants equipping armies and empires across the world. Within its 314 pages, the book includes remarkable insights that illustrate exactly why and how American firearm companies “armed the world” in the decades following the Civil War. Much of the book details armsmaking and acquisition during the war itself, laying the groundwork for the gun-building boom that followed the cessation of conflict.

Arming The World: American Gunmakers In The Gilded Age is a must-have for the historical firearm enthusiast seeking a greater understanding of the role American armsmakers played in the latter half of the 19th century. Suggested retail pricing is $38. For more information, visit



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