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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:17 pm 
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Josh,
I bet I tried to read Russell's "Journal" a half dozen times in the 70's. In late 79 I took a job as a packer/guide for a hunting outfitter, and ended up spending 8 years riding the Slough Creek/Abundance Creek/Hell Roaring drainage's. My last year out, I picked up "Journal" again. I recognized many of the areas he had written about, as places I now knew very well, and trails I had ridden myself.
I couldn't put the book down after that......

.... and like you....I can't understand why he didn't die up there.....he sure should have....
Tom W.


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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:56 pm 
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Wow! That's great Tom! :D I'm jealous of you fellers that can get out there and see and retrace their steps. Ive only been out west once, but it sure won't be the only time :)

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2016 6:29 pm 
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Two excellent books:
The Saga of Hugh Glass; Pirate, Pawnee, and Mountain Man by John Myers Myers.

And Firearms of the American West (both volumes). These two volumes present an outstanding account of our western history told through personal accounts, journals, newspaper stories, company and gov't records, etc. but it all involves the evolution of the firearm through our history as a nation. Far from being just another disjointed account of the few iconic guns of the west, these two volumes are complete accounts of the various firearms tried, tested, and favored by the military and by civilians - plainsmen, trappers, gold rusher, and emigrants to the west. But it also explains WHY the guns were favored or not; why a smooth bore could be favored over a rifle, or why a breech loader was not as popular as a muzzle loader at times. And why they were found in one area and time but not in another - example: the mountain men would hang onto their flintlocks because if you lost your caps, you were done. But a plainsman might go for the percussion rifle ASAP because in the prairie winds it was hard to prime and ignite a flintlock.

I have been around guns all my life but these two volumes are the best books about history and about firearms I have ever read. And you can find them in good shape used online. (about $30 apiece)


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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:06 am 
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Great recommendations!

Thanks!

Doug

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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Hey fogman! Thanks for the heads up!

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 Post subject: Re: My Favorite Books
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Tombstone - The Guns And Gear, Packing Iron, I See By Your Outfit, and, and....hell, there's just too many!


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