The 10 guns that defined America: Posthumous book by Ex-Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle reveals that most important firearms in U.S. history

by MICHAEL ZENNIE, Daily Mail  |  published on June 18, 2013

Chris Kyle knew guns in a way no modern American ever has.

As a Navy SEAL sniper, he recorded 255 kills on the battlefield during four deployments to Iraq.

His skill with a rifle is unmatched by any combat marksman since the Second World War. He was praised as America’s deadliest sniper ever. Iraqi insurgents loathed and feared him, putting an $80,00 bounty on his head and labeling him ‘the Devil of Ramadi.’

His experience as a highly decorated member of the elite SEALTeam Three also made him a student of firearms history.

After he retired from the military, he began researching the firearms that shaped American history.

His book new book – published posthumously – ‘American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms’ details the rifles and pistols wielded by soldiers, police officers, hunters, mobsters and outlaws that most influenced the culture of this nation.

Most are military arms – the M1903 of World War I doughboys, the M1 Garand of World War II GIs and the M16 that has been carried by American soldiers since Vietnam.

However, the weapons are also precursors of the rifles and pistols that are currently used by American soldiers, police officers, hunters and sport shooters.

‘More than any other nation in history, the United States has been shaped by the gun,’ he writes.

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