The World's Great Small Armsby Craig Philip
What makes the Russian AK-47 the most successful assault rifle of all time, why is the Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun so deadly, and why is the Bren gun the finest light Machine gun ever made? The World's Great Small Arms answers these questions, and analyzes the other truly outstanding and innovative hand-held and light squad weapons of the twentieth century. All types of small arms are covered, including bolt-action rifles, assault rifles, combat shotguns, handguns, and machine guns.
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I picked this book up when I saw it had nice gun pictures in it, and cross sections. While it does cover some of the more noteworthy weapons around the world, most of the pictures of the guns aren't on the same page as the gun description. i.e. a picture of the gun, and 4 pages later the description of that gun. That drove me nuts, trying to flip back and forth. Also, the authors writing style is fairly slanted to his opinion of the weapons, whereas I'd prefer to read facts.
ok, ill be honost, i bought it for the pictures, at first. i found this book at Barne's and being atracted to guns as i was, i picked it up and looked through it and noticed all the beutiful diagrams, cross sections, photos, etc. so i bought it. After looking at all the photos and reading about a few of my favorite guns such as the AK and PPSH,i put it down where it layed for a while untill i was bored and picked it back up again and started reading. what i learned was everything, how it worked, its history, present, and future of most every gun imaginable. im almost done with the book now, im at the smg section. after reading the rifles section i decided to buy a rifle and am now in the market for a dragunov sniper rifle. this book has inspired me to take up a new hobby in gun collecting
The book was good, i liked the fold-outs. bot the best if your looking for stats on lots of guns, but a good book on the history of firearms.
List and describes the famous firearms of the world. Rifles, Machine guns, shotguns, submachine guns and a few pages that walks you through the most known grenades and grenade launchers. Its good for getting basics on well known firearms and history of them from WW1 to present. I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning the basics of military firearm history.
I'm no literary scholar, but I do enjoy learning about military weapons of the world. So this book was perfect. The illustrations are very well done, but sometimes lack the detail of a full schematic. I leave this on the coffee table and use it to identify the guns in hollywood movies! Check out 'Ronin' for some great hardware.