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The Gun

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  • Posted December 12, 2010

    Well researched history / politics of Major Auto Weapons

    I liked this book. It is a well researched history and politics of some major automatic weapons that affected the world. Starting with the Gatling, it goes to the Maxim with some mentions of other famous weapons. It concentrates mostly on the AK 47 and M- 16. No exploded diagrams of weapons here. But you get the history of the people involved in the design and manufacture and use of the weapons and their effect on governments, war and society. He takes you into the design competitions of the AK in Russia and compares that with the US history of the M 16 adaptation. The author is mindful to point out at each evolutionary step of the automatic weapon its effect on war and society. Finally, the author points out what is to be done about the proliferation of weapons. Here he and I part ways. He wants destruction of the excess weapons. But his book amply points out the weapon problem in this world was instigated by governments, exploited by governments and continued by governments. As freemen here in the USA we can never give up our rights to own guns to protect our freedom. Because of the ineptness and evil of governments in the small automatic weapons proliferation, freemen must have the means to defend themselves should these weapons be turned upon us. The author has taken pains to show how these automatic weapons have been turned upon more than just soldiers. Its probably not what he wanted his readers to take away from reading his book, but it is plainly evident from his easy to read and interesting book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

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    Should be called, "Automatic Rifle Mystique"

    This isn't a bad book, but it covers an awful lot other than Kalishnikov's rifles and doesn't cover many aspects of AKs. More than the first third of the book is about Gatling guns and Maxim machine guns. Then there's a section about the development of the AK, which more than anything, points-out the discrepancies between various biographies of Kalishnikov. This is followed by a long discussion of the flawed purchasing and early issue of the M-16. Then there's a section about AK use by terrorists/insurgencies/child-soldiers ~anyway -- there's very little technical data, not even a drawing/exploded view/parts-diagram of an AK and no production figures/tables/countries of origin/model differences/whatever. The book is MASSIVELY repetitive and more than a little wordy (taking paragraphs to say something a sentence would cover). While covering similar weapons (AKs and ARs) the book discusses the Sturmgewehr only as a predecessor of the AK, devotes only a few pages to the Thompson SMG, and barely mentions the M3 greasegun, the PPS, and other early assault weapons. Also, check the pictures; they're more likely to show people than to show weapons. I like that the book, "names names" regarding the early M-16 problems, and is worthwhile as a reference on that subject, but hey, I bought a book about AKs, not ARs.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2011

    Not great 2.5 stars

    Some very interesting facts and the historical perspective on the development of automatic weapons was great. However, the book is EXTREMELY redundant that I almost couldn't finish it. It could be about 100 pages shorter. Not a great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    The history of the AK-47 written vividly and eloquently

    With a parallel of the development of the M-16, the history of machine guns, propaganda associated with Russia, design considerations, the life and times of Kalishnakov. Fascinating history, and a great view of the inevitability of the assault rifle.

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  • Posted March 17, 2013

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    awesome history lesson

    awesome history lesson

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    AK 47 The gun that changed armed conflict

    Be forewarned..you will have to wade thru 150 pages detailing Gatling's gun then Hiram Maxim's machine gun. From then on you get a look at the AK, Kalishnikov the man and what the Soviet Union was like in those years. Chivers also details the failures of the M16 in Nam. Robert McNamara should have been crucified for making this choice and Colt firearms for producing a piece of junk that got our soldiers killed in SE Asia. He goes on to detail the impact of the most prolific firearm in the world made by several countries. All in all a good read if you're interested in the AK 47. Four stars instead of five because of the annoying slow start.

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  • Posted March 6, 2011

    good

    this book gives a plethora of in information on rapid fire weapons

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