When I captured the Sheep Eater Indians in the Salmon River Mountains of Idaho, in 1879, I was much surprised to find in their possession a great variety of American guns, many of which were practically unknown. Upon inquiring among brother Army officers and sportsmen, I discovered that there existed the most meager knowledge of American Small Arms and a complete absence of writings on the subject. To supply the,want I set to work to prepare this volume, and it is hoped that it will point the way and awaken the interest of its readers in this most fascinating field.
I believe that American Small Arms are the best in the world, and regret that the United States Army has been permitted to use an inferior foreign gunó the Krag-Jorgensen. The descriptions in this volume are limited to Arms of American patent or manufacture and a few which have become Americanized ólike the Ferguson and Mauser. Those desiring to extend their study and investigation to foreign Small Arms are referred to FARROW'S MILITARY ENCYCLOPEDIA, a new edition of which is now in preparation.
I believe we are now on the verge of a great world waróthe struggle of nations in the race for commercial supremacy. Every nation is now strengthening herself, and never in the history of man have such preparations for bloody conflict been made as are now in progress. Should Japan be successful in the present war with Russia, inside of a decade there would be in China an army of three million Chinamen, equipped with modern weapons, and in possession of railroads. What could prevent this horde from sweeping westward? I have thought the present an opportune time to present this volume to the gun lovers and soldiery of our land.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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