RUGER & HIS GUNS. Newly designed dust jacket for Ruger & His Guns, re-released by Chartwell Publishing of New York City. Contents of the book is the same as the original edition of 1996, and the new printing is from the original plates. The book also differs in that the cover is imprinted with the dust jacket images, on front and back, as well as on the spine.
THINGS I LOVE – The Many Collections of William I. Koch. This volume of over 200 pages is profusely illustrated; square format, approx. 11 x 11 inches. Contains a special section on arms of the American West, as well as art of the American West - the latter including unique images showing U.S. Army cavalry arms and accoutrements, as well as cowboy and lawman arms and accessories. The section on the arms was authored by R.L. Wilson, and includes such famed pieces as Bat Masterson's first Colt revolver (1879; engraved and inscribed), the S & W used in the assassination of Jesse James, guns and related items of Tom Horn, Col. Custer's custom Trapdoor Springfield rifle, two Colt Single Actions of Texas Ranger Bill McDonald, 1 of 100 Model 1876 and 1 of 1000 Model 1873 Winchesters, Tom Mix Colt deluxe pair of gold-plated and engraved Officer's Model revolvers, Sitting Bull memorabilia, etc., etc. Over 200 pages, including also paintings, sculpture, Indian costumes, nautical antiquities, and America's Cup ship models. A unique and unprecedented book which places firearms in the special category of fine arts.
March 26, 2004 article in the San Francisco Chronicle entitled "Pistol packin' mamas" lauds R.L.Wilson's latest book and chronicles the auther's life.
SILK AND STEEL – Women at Arms is the first comprehensive presentation on the subject of women and firearms. No object has had a greater impact on world history over the past 650 years than the firearm, and a surprising number of women have been keen on the subject: as shooters, hunters, collectors, engravers, and even gunmakers. Few objects can rival the finest firearm in elegance, artistry, and mechanical fascination - each areas that have appeal to women, as well as to the seemingly more traditional clientele - men.
LOCK, STOCK AND BARREL – A Passion for Arms & Adventure is the chronicle of the life of R.L. Wilson, the most published writer in the history of the annals of one of the most popular of themes in the world of collectibles. From boyhood Wilson combined a fascination with collecting and studying weaponry, linked later with a dedication to hunting and conservation. The son, nephew and grandson of Presbyterian clergymen, Wilson grew up in Minnesota, exposed to history, art, music and literature by parents who early recognized his dedication was set on a determined trajectory.
THE ART OF THE GUN – A five-volume series in hard-cover pocket-size editions dealing with Highly Decorated Arms from the Renaissance to the Millennium. Yellowstone Press presents the first miniature book ever published on the history of firearms. In each volume, measuring 4 3/4 x 6 inchs with fold-outs, authors Lee and Wilson celebrate the art, craftsmanship, romance and performance of fine firearms throughout the ages. The text is illuminated with more than 70 photographs by Dave Wesbrook, which capture the artistry and fine craftsmanship of these astonishing arms. Robert M. Lee is the founder of Hunting World, Inc., and a lifelong enthusiast of fine guns.