Sharps Firearms, The Percussion Era, 1848-1865, Volume I, (Northwood Heritage Press, $100) covers these historic guns in a way they’ve never before been documented. Years of detailed research, input from other arms scholars, and surveys of existing Sharps, by renowned authors Roy Marcot, Edward W. Marron, Jr. and Ron Paxton, have resulted in a work that spans the era from inventor Christian Sharps’ earliest patent to the last of the percussion models. Details on design elements, contracts, production figures and more, including Confederate copies and Sharps ammunition, are included in an easily read, interesting format. This highly illustrated, full-color, 10¼-inch by 12¼-inch, 439-page hard-cover volume will undoubtedly stand as the last word in scholarly re-search of Sharps percussion longarms.
—Phil Spangenberger, True West’s Firearms Editor