This is a hand stitched paperback book printed on typing paper size. 270 pages. The subject gives details of the history of iron and steel production as it was done in the 1720 era for flintlock guns that were traded to the American Indians by mostly English and French traders along the early American frontier. The book is an attempt to merge some of the history of gun making with scientific methods that were used to unlock some of the secretes of how these guns were made. A hundred and fifteen gun fragments and barrels were donated by archaeologists that had been surface hunted by collectors in the 1930's and even relatively recently in the late 20th century for analysis with engineering materials analysis (carbon content of barrels, Rockwell hardness materials testing, even a few old gun barrels were given yield strength in tension that produced surprising results) in the lab at the University of Mississippi. The back of the book has an appendix covering some of the projects that the author set up to learn by doing the forging of gun barrels on an anvil. In 2007 to the present, seven guns have been forged and fabricated, lock stock and barrel, bored out and some rifled to make hunting rifles in Mississippi. The techniques of forging deep hole drill bits have been studied, Barrel straightening, and gun lock making have been learned after this study was done.
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