Volume II is a comprehensive listing of fuses (spherical and rifled) and spherical projectiles found in North America. Chapter 7 details how to inspect and identify black powder projectiles, explains the reasons for variances between identical specimens: provides rarity and condition code assignment, with their definitions and rationale; and techniques to determine whether there is a reason to believe a projectile is inert or still explosive.
Chapter 8 provides internal and external diagrams and pictures, measurements, weights, functioning, specifications, descriptions of variants and general technical data and history on the fuses of spherical and rifled projectile fuses found in North America for all countries and services (American, British, French, Mexican, Spanish, Russian, U.S. pre-Civil War, Union and Confederate 1759-1865)
Chapter 9 contains listings of known American, British, French, Mexican, Spanish, Russian, U.S. pre-Civil War, Union and Confederate spherical projectiles (1759-1865) It includes solid shot, cored shot, shell, case shot, smoothbore, canister, grape shot, carcass, incendiary, repeating sub-munitions, bar shot, chain shot and special purpose antique ammunition. It has appendixes that allow projectiles or grape and canister shot to be cross referenced to specific projectiles or guns, howitzers or mortars, by looking up the diameter of a specimen.
The projectile tables include history, diagrams, pictures, measurements, weights and specifications; bursting charges, variants and footnotes containing additional information. In addition, each projectile listed contains cross references to most known projectile or fuse books (1780-2003) that contain a similar specimen(s), picture, data or text, making additional research easier.