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Author: William Fowler
Publisher: NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK, Aug 2007
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0-7548-1758-X

Over 500 military, law enforcement & antique firearms from around the world. 600+ photos, 9x11.5 inches, 256 pgs.

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An illustrated historical reference to over 500 military, law enforcement and antique firearms from around the world. Includes a fascinating history of the origins of rifles from the 18th century, manual and automatic machine guns, a comprehensive directory of weapons, full technical specifications, and illustrated with more than 600 photographs. The world's most important arms from the flintlock musket to the Lee-Enfield Mark 1 and the Kalashnikov AK47 to the Barrett M82A1 anti-material rifle.

* An unparalleled guide to the world's most important rifles and machine guns, from the Medieval period to the present day, lavishly illustrated with 600 colour photographs and illustrations

* Features key specifications for each weapon, including caliber, magazine capacity, barrel length and unloaded weight

* Full colour photographs and artworks including cutaway diagrams show internal components and operation, and feature boxes provide detailed study or showing weapons in action

* Provides a superb, comprehensive directory of arms from different countries of the world, organized according to country of manufacture

* An expert introduction from two outstanding arms experts outlines the history of gun manufacture from the 12th century to the present day

* All the most important and famous rifles and machine guns are featured, including the Enfield musket, the Kalashnikov AK47 and the M14

This essential encyclopedia of rifles and machine guns is an authoritative reference work and stunning visual directory, explaining the development of arms through the centuries, modern capabilities and individual specifications.

The chronological story of arms development begins with the first crude hand cannons and black powder flintlocks used in the Revolutionary, Napoleonic and the American Civil Wars. This section also outlines the technological advances of the period from 1300-1700, such as the percussion principle, the beginnings of the modern cartridge system and new and efficient feed systems for rifles and machine guns.

The next two sections cover the progress of firearm design from 1800 to the modern day, with details of the individual developments of rifles and machine guns and their use in major worldwide conflicts.

It includes the history and development of rifles such as the M1 rifle, the H&K G3 rifle and classic machine guns such as the Hotchkiss, Bren and Maxim. The book introduces readers to some of the designers and manufacturers involved in the development of the arms, and the materials, mechanics and technology involved in their production.

The directory is the most comprehensive visual reference of its kind published for the general reader, and presents an unparalleled photographic guide to our most powerful rifles and machine guns. Readers can quickly find specific guns, all with full information and colour photography.

Grouped according to country of origin, each gun's features are listed, as are the military, political and technological context in which each gun was developed. The directory often includes details of the design, manufacturer and the conflict or operation in which the gun was used. Specific tabled information accompanies each entry and includes information such caliber, magazine capacity, barrel length and unloaded weight to provide the enthusiast with an easy reference and comparison. A comprehensive list of manufacturers, a glossary and an index complete this easy-to-use encyclopedia. Written by leading experts in the field, this superbly illustrated encyclopedia will be essential reading for anyone interested in rifle manufacture and conflicts of war.

WILLIAM FOWLER >/b< has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972, specializing in military history, current affairs and defense technology. He is the author of over 30 books covering military technology and conflicts from the 19th century to the Second Gulf War. He has reported for defense magazines around the world and broadcast frequently on historical and defense related topics on radio and television. He has served for nearly 30 years in the British Territorial Army. Patrick Sweeney grew up in the suburbs of Detroit in the United States and studied science at college. He first became interested in gunsmithing when he mended a Mk 1 Lee-Enfield rifle at college. Today he competes, teaches and trains others in the use of firearms. He has written a number of books and articles including Gunsmithing: Rifles, The Gun Digest Book of the AR-15 and Modern Law Enforcement Weapons and Tactics.

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