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Black bear weighing 252 lbs. shot by Jim O'Brine 5/12/10 at Saltese, Mont.


The major Subject Headings related to firearms, all of which may be subdivided geographically, are listed below. You may identify additional works on this topic in the Library of Congress by searching the Online Catalog under appropriate Library of Congress subject headings.

Early American Firearms and Their Makers

August 2016

Table of Contents

General Works
Individual Gunmakers
    Allen and Wheelock – Bullard
    Deringer – Parker
    Remington – Ruger
    Savage – L.C. Smith
    Smith & Wesson – Whitney
Price Guides and Collecting
LC Subject Headings

Image (left): Black bear weighing 252 lbs. shot by Jim O'Brine 5/12/10 at Saltese, Mont.
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It is also possible to conduct an Advanced Search in the online catalog that combines one of the following subject terms with a geographic designation. For example, searching "gunsmiths" and "North Carolina" would retrieve four records about the history of North Carolina gunsmiths, one of which describes a map of Jamestown (NC) gunsmiths 1800-1900. Advanced searching is not restricted to official subject headings, but also allows the user to search the catalog for any relevant keywords that appear in the catalog records, such as an author, a type of weapon, or a gun manufacturer.

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