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Firearms, Traps, & Tools of the Mountain Men: A Guide to the Equipment of the Trappers and Fur Traders Who Opened the Old West Paperback – 26 May 2010

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (26 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602399697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602399693
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Excellent book full of useful information pertaining to the fur trade era in North American history. Lot's of decent drawings too. A mountain Man's bible and a absolute must for anyone interested in the era, especially if, like me, you are a historical reenactor!
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Not done reading this book yet but it's worth the money , I was looking more for the guns & trapping & the way of the Mountain man than the American history & the big fur company's but so far it's not bad
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we just loved the book if you like this way of life you will just love it all the best
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x85b994c8) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
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HASH(0x85c099e4) out of 5 stars A GUIDE IN PICTURES 12 Jun. 2011
By Kay's Husband - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Carl P. Russell (1894-1967) did not live to see this book go to print in November, 1967, having died the June before it was released. My review is from a first edition hard cover copy purchased in April, 1968.

Dr. Russell actually started this book in 1930-34 as he organized a display as an employee of Yellowstone National Park. His book is one of the most complete even to this date I've ever seen covering a period from the Lewis and Clark Expedition up to the year 1840.

As he mentions this book pertains to the iron work of these men who lived bigger than life lives away from civilization, preferring to live in wild areas among the game trails, streams, and Indians. These men in fact out of practicality became themselves much as Indians. Living and thinking like Indians many times living with Indians, marrying into the tribe to become almost unrecognizable from their host tribe.

In bringing the pages of this book together, Dr. Russell "researched the journals, diaries, and letters of the trappers themselves, as well as the business records, inventories and invoices of such famous fur-trading outfits as (General William) Ashley and (Major Alexander) Henry, (Jedediah) Smith, (William) Sublette, and John Jacob Astor's American Fur Company ..." Dr. Russell having either photographed or sketched these 'surviving artifacts' once used by these intrepid explorers now shares them and their history from the early 1800's through 1840 with the reader.

No better guide is in print concerning the iron artifacts from this 20 years plus era. The contents of my hardcover book are listed below:

The Mountain Man in American History
Firearms of the Beaver Hunters
Beaver Traps and Trapping
Knives of the Frontiersmen
The Ax on America's Frontiers
Miscellaneous Iron Tools that went into the West
Irons in the Fire
Historic Objects as Sources of History (Appendix A)
John Jacob Astor's Inventory of Tools and Blacksmithing Equipment
on the Columbia River, 1812-1813 (Appendix B)
Markings on Axes and Tomahawks (Appendix C)
Representative Fur Returns, American Fur Company, Indiana, 1839-1841 (Appendix D)
Bibliography
Index

In over 450 pages this author has given the reader a view into the history of these hardy, adventurous men of history. While having numerous works on the Mountain Man, this book has always been one of my prized books on this era. It would seem to be almost a basic necessity for any Mountain Men library.

"I took ye for an injun"

Semper Fi.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x85c06dd4) out of 5 stars Iron and Fire - Foundations for Exploration and Survival 4 Nov. 2012
By Lance E. Osborne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you need insight into a far away or long ago culture, be sure to look at the culture's use of tools and weapons. In many ways, the mountain men were the tip of the exploration spear for Anglo-Europeans settling deeper and deeper into North and West America. Carl Russell's insight and descriptions of their tools and weapons provides valuable perspective on their early 1800 exploits; perspective that--because these tools were eventually used across the country by native and new Americans alike--will either lend authenticity to your own historical research or writing project, or just a bag of fun for enthusiasts. I have thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Russell's book. Though deeply detailed it is a fun and easy read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x85e0f12c) out of 5 stars lots of info !! 1 Dec. 2011
By beejek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
good book with lots of detail and some nice drawings, packed with interesting
information on the traps, tools, and implements used by the trappers of this era.
good resource book for re-enactors, especially for those who want to know about authentic knives, traps, and firearms used, and BY WHOM. recommended reading.
HASH(0x85bccb10) out of 5 stars Mountain Man Reference 17 Aug. 2014
By M. Schroeder - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great reference book for the tools of the Mountain Man. There are a lot of good drawings of the artifacts. The book should be revised to add pictures of the items mentioned. It could also be edited to put the pictures closer to the text that references them. Carl won't be revising it though, he died prior to publication.
HASH(0x85c09af8) out of 5 stars I have a number of others on this subject buy like other views to look at 31 Jan. 2015
By D. G. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Just getting started reading this, it's more of a reference book than anything else. I have a number of others on this subject buy like other views to look at. Seem fine good book, nothing extra great about it.
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