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AK-47 The Grim Reaper
868 sidor, Mycket bilder
Pris: 595:-

It would be safe to say that the "AK-47" rifle and its many variants have been indirectly responsible for incalculable military and civilian casualties; perhaps more than any military small arms ever made. The responsibility is indirect because a firearm is an inanimate object; it cannot make decisions ....the person who has their finger on the trigger is the true Grim Reaper. Ultimately, irresponsible and indiscriminate worldwide distribution of this rifle is largely responsible for the sins mistakenly applied to the firearm itself. There have been many books published about the Kalashnikov assault rifles, but this publication differs from most previous works. Covered in detailed text and photographs are the many military AK rifle variants from around the world. However, in place of the previously well-documented early evolution history of Russian military weapons published elsewhere, this book includes an in-depth study of the many variations of the civilian semiautomatic-only AK style rifles that have become very popular in the United States since they were first imported in the early 1980s up to the present time.
Death from Above-The German FG42 Paratroop Rifle
228 sidor, 278 bilder
Pris: 595:-

The First Edition of this ground-breaking study of the Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 (FG42) was published in 1990. Now long out of print, it contained 160 pages and 156 illustrations. When a re-issue was first contemplated, the intention was to simply reprint the book as it had originally appeared. Luckily, however, a great deal of important new information has recently come to light. Hence this New Expanded Edition, which includes everything from before plus an Addendum containing 68 more pages and 122 new illustrations. This book depicts and describes seven basic models of the FG42, from the earliest prototype (the Type `A') through the first or `early' production series (the Type `E') with its distinctively swept-back handgrip and intricately machined receiver, then the initial Rheinmetall redesign utilizing a stamped receiver (the Type `F'), followed by the ultimate if extremely short-lived final series-production model, the Type `G'. Amazingly, virtually none of the Type `G' components will interchange with their lookalike Type `F' counterparts. This includes magazines. The 2007 Addendum challenges everything previously known or assumed about the timetable of FG42 development, thus solving some long-standing dilemmas but introducing even more new questions about these fascinating arms. It also includes a comprehensive, up-to-date listing of the serial numbers of every FG42 known to exist all over the world.
Backbone of the Wehrmacht (The German K98k Rifle, 1934 - 1945)
384 sidor, 478 bilder
Pris: 695:-

The most comprehensive study ever published of the 14,000,000 bolt-action K98k rifles produced in Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. Contains extensive information on the military and commercial background to the K98k; the materials and methods used in the manufacture, inspection and acceptance of the components of the K98k; a year-by-year chronology of K98k manufacturers, with illustrations of markings and data sheets on over 100 contractor/year variations, plus exhaustive data on quantities produced, manufacturing times, personnel, and costs; commercial and contract K98ks, and many 'one-offs' and experimentals. Illustrates and describes virtually every K98k accessory ever produced. The revised edition includes 150 new images and 38 more pages of text, with four Appendices.
Sniper Variations of the German K98k Rifle
240 sidor, 291 bilder
Pris: 495:-

Sniper Variations completes this important author's in-depth study of the German K98k rifle by concentrating on the telescope-sighted K98k, the specialist rifle of choice for most German snipers during World War II. Three different types of telescopes were mounted, on specially selected K98ks, first by designated Army Ordnance Supply Offices of the Heereszeugamter (H Za) and then by selected private contractors, using a variety of mounts. All are fully discussed and clearly depicted. As in Volume I of Backbone of the Wehrmacht, Sniper Variations is enriched by many rare, previously unpublished official documents and original photographs.
The Browning Machine Gun Volume 1-Rifle Caliber Brownings in U.S.Service
552 sidor, 568 bilder
Pris: 795:-

This is the first volume of a planned multi-volume series on Browning machine guns, written by an ex-U.S. Army armorer who studied and maintained these guns and has since owned and shot a number of them in civilian life. This profusely illustrated history covers all models of the U.S. Browning, from the first "gas hammer" Model 1895 and the initial recoil-operated Models of 1901 and 1910, through the adoption and manufacture of the famous water-cooled heavy Model 1917 during World War I and the numerous Interwar experimental tank and aircraft guns, most of which were built up on surplus M1917 receivers. Tank and cavalry experiments led to the development of the air-cooled M1919A4 infantry gun, while Colt's heavy investment in the Browning system paid off handsomely in the lightweight, fast-firing, dual-feed M2 aircraft machine gun, which was sold commercially and made in large numbers during World War II. Existing stocks of the M1917 water-cooled gun were meanwhile retrofitted to the improved M1917A specification, and the failed Ordnance Department light machine gun competition, discussed in detail, resulted in the compromise M1916A6. The history of Browning manufacture by Rock Island Arsenal, Saginaw Steering Gear and other contractors is followed by chapters recounting the heroic use of the Browning in WWII and Korea, and all subsequent variations, such as the M1919A4E1, the T151, T152, T153 and M37 tank gun, until these fine guns were phased out after the adoption of the general-purpose M60 in 1957.
The Browning Machine Gun Volume II -Rifle Caliber Brownings Abroad
392 sidor, 486 bilder
Pris: 695:-

This second volume of Dolf Goldsmith's series on Browning machine guns proves beyond doubt that the rifle-caliber Browning was simply the most popular and most-used machine gun ever designed. In some ways this book is even more engrossing than Volume I, as it describes and illustrates in considerable detail the many variations on the basic Browning which were manufactured and/or used by over twenty countries, in virtually every corner of the world, in both World Wars, in Korea and in Vietnam. Of particular interest is the focus on the aircraft Browning, beginning in the Interwar years, in Britain and particularly in Belgium, where Dieudonné Saive, John Browning's erstwhile chief assistant, twice increased the rate of fire of the FN Browning aircraft machine gun, first in 1932 to 1,200 rpm and again in 1938 to 1,500 rpm, in order to keep pace with the ever-faster airspeeds of the best new fighters and pursuit aircraft. It may seem strange to feature an aircraft, even one so famous as the British Spitfire, one of the best all-round fighters of World War II, on the cover of a book about Browning machine guns. However there are really eight Browning machine guns in this picture! As discussed in Chapter Two of this book, the crucial decision to equip each British fighter with eight Brownings was of no less than monumental importance. On this subject the late Col. George M. Chinn USMC (ret.), the author of the authoritative five-volume series of books titled The Machine Gun, commented decisively, "Students of warfare are generally in agreement that the most far-reaching single military decision made in the 20th century was when a small group of British officers, shortly before World War II, decided to mount eight caliber .303 Brownings on their Hurricane and Spitfire fighters. This single act undoubtedly brought about a turning point of the war".
The Browning Machine Gun Volume III-Supporting the Rifle Caliber Brownings
488 sidor, 766 bilder
Pris: 795:-

This is the third volume in author Dolf Goldsmith's monumental series on the Browning machine gun. Volume I, subtitled Rifle Caliber Brownings in U.S. Service, published in 2005, covers the invention, development and manufacturing history of all models of rifle caliber Brownings in the United States, and their use by U.S. forces in two World Wars and Korea. Volume II, Rifle Caliber Brownings Abroad, published in 2006, covers the offshore production and use of rifle caliber Brownings in 35 other countries. However, the gun itself was only a part of the total picture, as a great deal of auxiliary equipment was needed to keep it in action. The development work that went into these many accessories and ancillaries, here meticulously researched by a well-known machine gun collector, lifelong shooter and ex-U.S. Army armorer, is as interesting as that of the gun, and in some cases even more so, yet up to now it has scarcely been documented anywhere, except for basic descriptions found in military manuals. Volume III contains in-depth coverage on component nomenclature and theory of operation; ground, vehicle and aircraft mounts; sights and sighting equipment; flash hiders; ammunition; ammunition boxes, belts and links; belt filling machines and link loaders; cooling equipment; transport equipment; canvas accessories; training devices (including .22 caliber guns and conversion kits); tools and gauges; caliber conversions; manuals, handbooks and other instructions.
The Browning Machine Gun Volume IV - Semper Fi FIFTY!
448 sidor, 510 bilder
Pris: 745:-

Volume Four covers the same basic topics as the three previous volumes, but from the exclusive standpoint of the .50 caliber Browning, which has been in continuous service longer than any other weapon in the U.S. arsenal, and is still in use today in the inventories of 86 countries worldwide. 2008 marks the 90th anniversary of John Browning's first .50 caliber prototype, which, after a shaky start, came into its own with the introduction of the M2 "universal receiver" in 1933. A total of eight prime contractors - three of them divisions of the General Motors Corporation which had never produced a firearm of any kind before - manufactured nearly two million .50 caliber Brownings, of six basic types, during WWII. By the late 1970s U.S. Army requirements had exceeded available stocks, and today a number of modern contractors are again producing standard and enhanced versions of the venerable M2 in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere.
The Devil's Paintbrush - Sir Hiram Maxim's Gun
584 sidor, 819 bilder
Pris: 795:-

This celebrated study, which has been hailed as "simply the best book ever written about machine guns" is back in a brand-new expanded edition, containing 200 additional pages of text and nearly 300 brand-new illustrations. The story of the world's first true automatic machine gun begins right at the beginning (with the aid of rare photos and patent drawings of Sir Hiram's original working models), and charts the course to first adoption by the British Army in 1889. In World War I the Maxim earned the dubious distinction of being used in virtually identical versions by both sides. After extensive coverage of Maxim models as made and used in other countries, and the myriad Maxim accessories, the book also includes The Maxim in Depth and The Troubleshooter's Handbook, which explain how the Maxim works while providing many expert tips on troubleshooting and restoring the highly collectible Maxim today.
WAR BABY! The US Caliber .30 Carbine
512 sidor, 398 bilder
Pris: 695:-

A year-long contest amongst America's military and civilian gun designers led to the adoption of a last-minute Winchester entry as "US Carbine, Caliber .30, M1" in October, 1941. From the first trickle of 'Inlands' in June,1942 through to a combined production peak of over 500,000 units per month in December,1943, over six million carbines were manufactured by a total of ten prime contractors, until program termination in 1945. WAR BABY! is an in-depth account of the carbine's production history, component variations, production methods, subcontractors, and markings. Perhaps most importantly, the INTEGRATION of components among the prime contractors, a process often resorted to during wartime to keep production moving, is addressed in detail; so don't trade off that "incorrect" carbine until you read what Larry Ruth has to say in this book!
War Baby Comes Home: the US Caliber .30 Carbine, Volume Two
386 sidor,414 bilder
Pris: 495:-

The most popular US military small arm in history. Contents include the Carbine in War and Peace, 1942 - 1992; US battle honors in WWII and Korea; other military users of the US carbine; the carbine "for friend and foe alike" in Vietnam. Postwar military parts manufacture; alternate methods of production; the return of surplus military M1s from afar; US military accessories, ancillaries and ammunition since 1940; other military and sporting arms in .30 carbine caliber. Plus, the first official guide to "Neverneverland", where carbines in various models and calibers never dreamed of by the military are outdone only by the bewildering array of aftermarket accessories, some of which can still give pause even to the experts. Provides positive identification as genuine US military, offshore military, or aftermarket commercial.
The Guns of Dagenham: Lanchester-Patchett-Sterling
336 sidor, 371 bilder
Pris: 495:-

Both the Lanchester and the Patchett were developed during WWII at Sterling Engineering Co Ltd, of Dagenham, Essex, England. Sterling also manufactured silenced DeLisle carbines for clandestine British Commando units. The Mkll Patchett Machine Carbine was adopted as the L2A1 in 1953, and the "first Sterling", the MkIII, as the L2A2 in 1955. Then came Sterling's "Crown Jewel" the Mk4, adopted as the L2A3 in 1955 with over 400,000 manufactured by ROF Fazakerley and Sterling for the UK Military, and by Sterling for worldwide commercial sale. Covers all prototypes and military Marks: the silenced Sterling-Patchett Mk5, the Canadian C1 and the Indian 1A Machine Carbines, plus all commercial Sterling carbines and pistols.
The Ultimate Thompson Book
872 sidor, 1201 bilder, mer än 200 i färg
Pris: 1495:-

Virtually every chapter and topic covered in Tracie Hill's critically acclaimed 1996 Collector Grade title Thompson: The American Legend has been expanded, and some new ones have been added in order to incorporate a vast amount of important new information augmenting every aspect of the history of the Auto Ordnance Corporation, the Thompson family, and the design and production of the hardware that bears the Thompson name. Much of this priceless new material, including personal memoirs, dimensioned blueprints and other rare memorabilia, has been bequeathed by key people who were intimately involved in the day to day operations of the company. The post WWII history of the Thompson begins with more new documentation concerning the Kilgore Manufacturing Company, historically a manufacturer of cap pistols and pyrotechnics. Kilgore's plans to re-launch the M1A1 Thompson came to naught, and the next incarnation of Auto Ordnance was as part of the Numrich Arms Corporation in West Hurley, New York. Then the story shifts yet again, with up to date coverage of the products of the current proprietors, Kahr Arms. Chapters on Thompson drum and box magazines are expanded to include original manufacturing drawings and operation detail sheets. Chapters on Web Gear, Other Ancillaries, and Models and Miniatures; then over 100 pages of updated listings of serial numbers of all 15,000 Colt Model 1921 Thompsons, with shipping dates and dispositions where known. Then an impressive display of rare, colorful original paper-handbooks, brochures, price lists, catalogs, and military manuals, both U.S. and foreign. All this and much, much more-plus ten times more color than The American Legend. Every copy of The Ultimate Thompson Book comes individually shrink wrapped in protective plastic.
The Black Rifle M16 Retrospective
416 sidor, 441 bilder
Pris: 595:-

A chilling study of small arms development and procurement in the post-Ordnance US small arms environment, wherein OSD 'whiz kids' arrogantly called the tune and shooting watermelons at a picnic passed for engineering development. Beginning with the Black Rifle's forebear the ArmaLite AR-10, through the small caliber/high velocity (SCHV) program at Aberdeen Proving Ground, the .22 Gustafson carbine, the .22/NATO T48 and the Springfield and Winchester .224 rifles, this is an in-depth examination of the many controversies surrounding the 5.56mm M16 'package' - where it came from; what it is; what it is not, and why.
BLACK RIFLE II - The M16 Into the 21st Century
408 sidor, 626 bilder
Pris: 695:-

This new book is a sequel to the perennially popular 1987 Collector Grade title The Black Rifle, which is now in its fourth printing. Amazingly, considering the storms of controversy which surrounded the light rifle program in its early days, the M16 has gone on to become the longest-serving shoulder arm in US history, and the benchmark against which any new military rifle, American or otherwise, must now be compared. Even more astonishingly, the M16 today is at the center of a thriving, multi-million-dollar industry involving numerous companies and military agencies who are designing and manufacturing drop-in upper receivers in various configurations and calibers, plus complex rail systems and other high-tech accessories, all based on the M16 ³platform², which thereby grows more firmly established with each passing day. This book chronicles all the new third- and fourth-generation rifle and carbine models which have been introduced by Colt and Diemaco since The Black Rifle was originally published, and describes and depicts the myriad of enhanced sights and rails systems which help make the M16s of today the most versatile, modular and effective combat weapons in the world. It also includes a comprehensive survey of the Colt semi-automatic-only family of commercial and law enforcement products, in .222 Remington, 5.56mm (.223 Remington), 9mm and 7.62x39mm, and an in-depth Reference Compendium of all Colt military and civilian models and components.
The FAL Rifle
Alla tre klassikerna (North American FAL, UK & Commonwealth FAL’s and the Metric FAL) i en utgåva.
848 sidor, 844 bilder
Pris: 1295:-

Volume 1 North American FAL: The development of the now-defunct Canadian Arsenals Limited (CAL) inch-measurement C1 and C2 rifles (later modified to C1A1 and C2A1 configuration) and the short-lived US T48, as made by FN and two old-line US gun companies, (both also now defunct), High Standard and H&R. Notes on all models, accessories and ammunition. Volume Two of the FAL Series: UK & Commonwealth FAL’s. The story of the L1A1, the "other" inch-measurement FAL, as developed jointly by Britian and Australia with Canadian Arsenals Limited (CAL) as overall Design Authority. Extensive coverage of UK/Belgian/Canadian intermediate cartridge developments. Illustrates and describes many interesting rifle variations and numerous accessories. Volume three: The Metric FAL-the Free World's Right Arm. From prototype No 1 (in 7.92x33mm kurz calibre) to the latest PARA, HBAR (FALO) and LAR, this is the complete story of the FAL rifle as manufactured (under the metric system) by Belgium's famous Fabrique Nationale Herstal (FN) and Fn's liscensed (Metric) producers around the world. Contains priceless archieval material on all FAL prototypes plus other experimentals, accessories, and cortridge development. The FAL Rifle concludes with the comprehensive FAL Series Index to all 3 volumes.
US Rifle M14 - From John Garand to the M21
352 sidor, 246 bilder
Pris: 495:-

The definitive study of the last, true "lock, stock, and barrel" 'T' US battle rifle, US Rifle M14 spans the fateful postwar era of the decline of Army Ordnance as the arbiter of US small arms development. The story begins with an in-depth examination of wartime modifications to the M1 rifle (M1E1 - M1E14) and the original Garand-based ëTí series (T20, T20E1, T20E2; T22, T22E1, T22E2; and T27). Then the rest of the T series (T28; T31; T33; T35; T36; T37; T25; T47; T44, T44E1 - T44E6). The adoption of the T44E4 as the M14 in 1957; scopes, silencers, and folding stocks; the M14 in Vietnam. Now with more information on the latest USAMTU modifications which transform the M14 into the gilt-edge M21.
The Gas Trap Garand
316 sidor, 383 bilder
Pris: 595:-

The M1 Garand was arguably the most respected service rifle in US history, and a veritable library of books has been written about it. However, this is the only book that tells the complete, in-depth story of the rarest Garands of them all: the initial 80 Model Shop rifles, made under the personal supervision of John Garand himself in 1934 and 1935; and the first 50,000+ production "gas trap" M1s, made between August, 1937 and August, 1940. There were only three men who knew all the intimate details of the highly classified M1 project: John Garand; his Chief Model Maker, J R "Red" Stimson; and Art Tuttle, John Garand's personal "Troubleshooter". The respected Garand authority Billy Pyle was fortunate enough to be befriended by the latter, and this groundbreaking study is the result.
The Bren Gun Saga
406 sidor, 442 bilder
Pris: 695:-

Thomas B Dugelby's celebrated The Bren Gun Saga, now long out of print, originally appeared as a Collector Grade title in 1986. In terms of numbers of pages and illustrations, this revised and expanded edition is nearly twice the size of the original. Includes: the forerunners of the Bren, the excellent ZB series of light machines guns produced at the Zbrojovka Brno (Brno State Arsenal) in Czechoslovakia; the trials which led to the adoption of the Bren (BR for Brno, EN for Enfield) in 1935; manufacture and improvements during World War II; all models of the .303 calibre Bren; all the postwar 7.62mm NATO conversions (L4A1-L4A9); postwar developments in Czechoslovakia, and an expanded history of the ZB and Bren guns in China, including translations of Chinese markings; plus a full reprint of the last and most comprehensive British Army Bren Handbook.
The Sten Machine Carbine
404 sidor, 368 bilder
Pris: 595:-

The Sten was born of sheer necessity in the bleak, dark days after Dunkirk, when Britain stood alone against the might of Hitler's Wehrmacht. Over four million Stens were eventually produced, primarily in Britain, but with satellite production in Canada and New Zealand, plus a distinctive Australian Sten derivative called the Austen. In addition, Resistance groups in occupied Denmark, Norway and Poland produced hundreds of clandestine Sten copies and clones. Even the Germans themselves produced several models, including an exact copy called the Potsdam Gerät. In more recent years, several commercial manufacturers in the United States have also made copies of the Sten. This classic, in-depth study includes clear photos of all models and markings, and provides identification of all gun assemblers, component types and manufacturers. In addition, contents include chapters on: How the Sten Works; Sten Myths Exploded; Notes on Armourer’s Repair Procedures; Accessories and Ancillaries; and much, much more.
Desperate Measures - The Last-Ditch Weapons of the Nazi Volkssturm
424 sidor, 558 bilder
Pris: 695:-

This is the first in-depth study of the amazing series of events which took place during the last chaotic months of Adolf Hitler's "Thousand Year Reich". The war was already lost for Germany before the idea of a "People's Army" gained any sanction. The six million old men and boys of the Volkssturm were initially equipped with shotguns, drillings, hunting rifles, military training rifles and handguns scrounged from the German populace. These few arms were bolstered by foreign rifles and carbines captured during Germany's early wartime advances, and many collectors and historians may be surprised to learn that the rifle issued in the greatest numbers-the "true Volksgewehr"-was the Italian Carcano, some numbers of which were converted to fire the powerful German 7.92x57mm rifle cartridge! In addition, seven types of Volksgewehre were specifically designed for manufacture by German industry during the last months of the war. All are covered in detail, and the book includes many previously unpublished photographs of original Volkssturm weapons, including prototypes and rare presentation examples. Other Volkssturm weapons included the anti-tank Panzerfaust ("tank fist"), a single-shot, rocket-propelled shaped-charge device capable of defeating any Allied tank then in existence, and numerous "clones" of the British Sten machine carbine, which were hastily manufactured by a considerable number of German firms (a memorandum speaks of "30 subcontractors and 14 assembly points"). Programs were also begun to develop special Volkspistolen, made largely from stamped sheet metal. In summing up, the author notes that even if the Volkssturm had been fully trained, well equipped and armed with the best weapons in the world-which they decidedly were not-they could have done no more than delay the inevitable, which in many cases, documented here, they actually did.
MG34-MG42: German Universal Machineguns
496 sidor, 646 bilder
Pris: 795:-

The author, a First Lieutenant in the Norwegian Home Guard, has produced this unique, in-depth study of the MG34 and MG42 (the German Universal Machineguns of World War II) by combining his military expertise with his experiences as an avid recreational machinegun shooter and collector. Taking their cue from the MG16, proposed during WWI as the first-ever Einheitsmaschinengewehr (universal machinegun), an audacious programme was begun in secret in Germany in 1930 to develop one new weapon which would combine the advantages of the light machinegun and the heavy machinegun, and be capable of performing all the functions previously allotted to both. The book contains much profusely illustrated material on the historical development, fielding, tactical use of and modifications made to these remarkable guns and their myriad accessories and ancillaries, plus authoritative tips on Troubleshooting the MG42, and especially the MG34, today.
Hitler's Garands: German Self-Loading Rifles of World War II
392 sidor, 590 bilder
Pris: 695:-

Hitler's Wehrmacht began World War II armed with the bolt action K98k, a rifle only cosmetically different from that with which Imperial Germany had fought the Great War a quarter-century earlier. Then in 1940, the Heereswaffenamt (HWaA, the Army Weapons Office) issued a requirement for a new self-loading rifle. The resulting Mauser G41(M) and flap-locked Walther G41(W) were both hampered by gas-takeoff at the muzzle, which resulted in arms which were overlong, clumsy, muzzle-heavy, unreliable, and consequently unpopular with the troops. Taking their lead from the Russians, Walther copied (and patented) the gas system of the Tokarev SVT self-loader, grafting it onto the flap-locked bolt of the G41 to create the G43, which was only produced during the last nineteen desperate months of World War II. The collecting of the G/K43 and its accoutrements has become very popular in recent years, with very high prices being realized for these rifles and their accessories. This has created a burgeoning industry in "reproductions" for the collector market. In response to this the author has gone to great pains to illustrate the many fraudulent markings seen on components and scopes, and to identify the many out-and-out fake magazine pouches, stocks, and especially scope cases and mounts, which abound today. Spurious these may be, but cheap they are not; and this chapter alone is well worth the price of the book.
Rock in a Hard Place: The Browning Automatic Rifle
500 sidor, 751 bilder
Pris: 795:-

The legendary BAR began as a single, hand-made, closed-bolt-firing model with an open-top receiver, designed by John M. Browning and machined to the great inventor's specifications by his half-brother, Jonathan Edmund Browning, in their Ogden, Utah, shop. Right from the outset, John Browning's "Automatic Machine Rifle" was an instant success. It was manufactured through both World Wars and Korea by a total of six contractors, and remained one of the most respected weapons in the U.S. military arsenal for over four decades, proving time and time again that, when the fighting got heavy, the BAR was truly a "Rock in a Hard Place". This first-ever in-depth study of the popular BAR includes clear photos of all U.S.-made military and commercial models, experimental models from Britain and France, plus offshore copies and clones from Belgium, Poland and Sweden. In addition, contents include profusely-illustrated chapters titled "How the BAR Works", "A Treatise on BAR Parts", "Troubleshooting the BAR", and "Accessories and Ancillaries"; plus a Bibliography and a comprehensive index.
Kalashnikov - the Arms and the Man
312 sidor, 356 bilder
Pris: 595:-

The name of Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov has become well known the world over because of the Avtomat Kalashnikova, the eponymous assault rifle which he designed and perfected. Today, Kalashnikov designs have become the most widely manufactured and best known military small arms in history. Since the introduction of the AK design in 1947, between fifty and seventy million Kalashnikov-type rifles and LMGs have been manufactured, in the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact nations, in the Communist East, and in such "western" countries as Egypt, Finland, India, Israel, and South Africa. The original edition of The AK47 Story was published in 1986, and the events of the intervening fifteen years have provided much fresh new material. Beginning with an introduction by Dr. Kalashnikov himself, we present a most comprehensive study of the "life and times" of the AK, starting with the early history of small arms manufacture in Czarist Russia and then the Soviet Union. We follow the development of the AK (originally designed in caliber 7.62x41mm) and all the offshoots and clones which make up the Kalashnikov "family" of small arms, including an important new summary of technical information on the numerous loadings of "intermediate" ammunition, right up to the "AK for the 21st Century" - the AK100 series, now being manufactured by the Joint Stock Company "Kalashnikov" in Izhevsk, Russia in three calibers: 7.62x39mm, 5.45x39mm, and 5.56x45mm NATO.
Full Circle - A Treatise on Roller Locking
536 sidor, 737 bilder
Pris: 795:-

The thirty chapters in this long awaited book tell the in depth story of the ingenious half-locked roller action, from the curiously simultaneous development of initial prototypes by two German companies during World War II - the Mauser Gerät 06H and the Grossfuss MG42V - right through to the present day. After the war the roller lock was taken first to France, where several hitherto little-known assault rifle prototypes were developed by ex-Mauser engineers in calibres 7.65x35mm French short and 7.62x33mm (.30 US carbine). In 1950 the roller lock moved to Spain, where what became the CETME family of roller-locked weapons was developed by ex-Mauser engineer Ludwig Vorgrimler, initially chambered for the unorthodox 7.92x41mm cartridge. By the mid-1950s the roller lock had returned - "Full Circle" - to Germany, and a co-operative manufacturing programme had been established between CETME and the fledgling German armsmaking firm Heckler & Koch GmbH, whose pre-adoption prototypes included the 7.62mm NATO calibre H&K "STG CETME" and the H&K "DM3 (CETME)". The finalised G3 rifle was adopted by the Bundeswehr in 1959, and nearly two million examples were produced by H&K and Rheinmetall with fixed, folding and retractable buttstocks. The roller lock action then formed the basis for the H&K weapons "family", consisting of numerous models and variations of SMGs, carbines, rifles and machine guns in calibres ranging in power from 9mm Parabellum to - very briefly - .50 Browning! Versions of the G3 and other H&K arms were also sold commercially (we list 25 countries using ready-made H&K product), and manufactured abroad under license. Models made by or for Burma, Denmark, Greece, Iran, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Thailand and Turkey are depicted and described, with clear illustrations of their unique features and markings. Final chapters include an overview of the burgeoning Aftermarket - H&K and CETME copies and clones produced in Europe, the UK and the USA today for civilian collectors and shooters - and a roundup of G3 accessories, including bayonets, blank firing adapters, the various optical sights and mounts, tools, and training aids.
The Last Enfield-SA80, the Reluctant Rifle
360 sidor, 382 bilder
Pris: 495:-

In typical Collector Grade fashion, this book presents the entire, in-depth story of its subject firearm, in this case the controversial British SA80, right from the founding of what became the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) Enfield in the early 1800s; briefly through two World Wars with Enfield at the forefront of small arms production for British forces; and covering the adoption of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge in 1954 and the L1A1 rifle in 1957. That's where this book begins to differ from the normal saga of a successful small arms development, for even though the SA80 has been the issue small arms system of the British Armed Forces for almost twenty years, the controversies surrounding it have never let up. The 5.56mm SA80, consisting of the L85A1 IW (individual weapon) and L86A1 LSW (light support weapon), was the last weapon system to be developed and produced at RSAF Enfield, which was closed down in 1988 and later turned into a housing estate. Ironically, the brand-new Royal Ordnance facility in Nottingham, purpose-built to manufacture the remainder of the SA80 contract, suffered the same sad fate within a decade. Meanwhile, Heckler & Koch GmbH, then a subsidiary of British Aerospace, were awarded a controversial £92M contract which saw the entire small arms arsenal of the British Armed Forces shipped to Germany for modification and retrofit into the L85 and L86 A2 versions. While it appears that the unpopular LSW is being phased out in favour of the belt-fed FN Minimi, no plans have yet been announced to replace the L85A2 IW.
Bayonets of the World. The Complete Edition
672 sidor, ca 1200 bilder
Pris: 795:-

The new, revised and complete edition of the classic standard work on the world's bayonets, combining all original four volumes into one book. With detailed drawings and information on more than 1000 bayonets and scabbards, organized by country, and with indices on length and on markings and manufacturers. The most complete book on bayonets ever published and the standard work on the subject for many years to come. An absolute must have for every bayonet collector.

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