Harpers Ferry Arsenal and Joseph Perkin: The Classic Arms of the Early Years

A mix of history and mystery, Rick Hudak’s new book is a feast for the eyes. Artfully designed and printed on high-quality paper, “Harpers Ferry Arsenal and Joseph Perkin” is filled with 395 color photographs which capture the detailed marks, assemblies and textures characteristic of the M1795 Muskets, M1803 Rifles and the M1805 Pistols made at Harpers Ferry, and includes original photos of private collection pieces never-before published.

This is the first and only comprehensive guide for collectors, auction houses, pawn shops, researchers and historians to the documented locations of Harpers Ferry pistols and private collection pistol pairs.

“Harpers Ferry Arsenal and Joseph Perkin” lists, by serial number, 520 of the 4,096 M1805 Pistols made at Harpers Ferry, and documents where, when and by whom they have been seen. With more photos of M1805 Pistols than in any other one source, Hudak’s book features several matched pistol pairs, many of which were unknown prior to this publication.

This book is an invaluable aid in the ultimate scavenger hunt.

“Harpers Ferry Arsenal and Joseph Perkin” is a necessary addition to any serious library of early martial firearms, military arms, or one focused on weapons produced prior to the American Civil War. It is an excellent investment for anyone either starting or liquidating a martial firearms collection.

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