Heritage, 2009, Volume 2 Page: 8
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Since the 14th century, when man first discovered gun-
powder, firearms have played a pivotal role in world his-
tory. From their simple beginnings as primitive tubes
packed with powder and shot, which had to be ignited by
a hand-held match, guns developed into very sophisticat-
ed mechanisms. By Tom Power
All photographs are courtesy of the author, unless otherwise noted.
This embellished Colt revolver was shipped to San Antonio on October 29, 1885. This type of gun was carried
by Texas Rangers and other lawmen during the 1880s, but this particular rare firearm is decorated in the
highest fashion of the day.
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