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Gallery 8: The New Prosperity

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The last quarter of the 19th century saw a period of tremendous growth in the arms industry, when the U.S. went through a production boom of inexpensive firearms. Guns were manufactured for protection, sport and recreation, and fueled the country's consuming interest in marksmanship - an obsession that led to the development of target competition at Creedmoor and Sea Girt, and the National Matches at Camp Perry (where they're still held today).