Book Review: U.S. Small Arms of World War II by Bruce Canfield
Video / September 24, 2020

Available direct form the publisher: U.S. Small Arms of World War II by Canfield Or via Amazon: Bruce Canfield’s newly released book, “U.S. Small Arms of World War II”, is a book that attempts to cover a huge amount of material from bayonets to mortars and recoilless rifles. Where most books of this type end up providing only a rather shallow view of a large number of subjects, what Canfield has done here is simply ignore the conventional wisdom about how long a book should be. Want to add more content? Just add more pages! The result is a huge 864-page tome that covers a large numbers of small arms in significant detail. This is not a true collectors guide (note that Canfield’s previous book – a true collector’s guide – was equally long and covered only the M1 Garand), but it is the most comprehensive and useful overview of this scale that I have found. In addition to all the typical weapons you would expect to find, this work covers a great many uncommon and rare guns, including prototypes never fielded. This includes guns like the Winchester Automatic Rifle, the M2 Submachine Gun, the Johnson M1944 LMG, and…

Book Review: FN Browning Pistols by Anthony Vanderlinden
Video / August 24, 2020

Get your copy here: Or through Amazon: Anthony Vanderlinden is a noted FN collector and author of a book on FN Mauser rifle as well as this volume on FN’s Browning pistols. Both are excellent reference works, with a remarkable amount of contextual information in addition to the very specific detail that appeal to the collector. This work begins with about 70 pages on the history of the FN company, detailing its work in firearms, automobiles, and other products through the Great War, the Great Depression, World War Two, and other events. It then spends a period discussing unique and interesting FN pistols, like the presentation guns made for FN’s celebration of producing a million Browning pistols and the guns used by Gavrilo Princip and his cohorts in the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand. There are then sections on FN’s association with John Browning and on Browning himself, and on the markings and proofs used by FN throughout its history. The remaining bulk of the book is broken up into chapters covering the development, production, and use of each model of Browning pistol produced by FN (namely the 1899/1900, 1903, 1905, 1910, 1922, Baby Browning, and High…

Book Review: Textbook of Pistol Technology and Design
Video / August 13, 2020

*** I released this review early to my Patreon audience, who proceeded to buy up all the remaining copies. The printer is running another edition which should be available before the end of August. Sorry for the inconvenience! *** Peter Dallhammer is a mechanical engineer who works for the Walther company, and has written an excellent book on firearms manufacture. If you were going to design a university program around the design and production of small arms, his “Textbook of Pistol Technology and Design: Production, Principles, Progress” could be a foundation of the program. Dallhammer focuses his scope on the 9mm semiautomatic handgun, and takes the reader through the whole scope of design and production. The book is divided into four main sections: – Production Technologies. This describes the applications and pros and cons of all the major methods of making parts. Machining, molding, MIM, stamping, and so on, plus several types of surface treatments. – Pistol Principles. This covers all the different options for mechanical design of a pistol. Function and design options for the major components, how different safeties work, how to choose spring types, and some legally-relevant issues like micro stamping and electronic “smart” gun systems….

Video / July 17, 2020

My bud Foster Kinn just published this novel about a couple of bikers who spend their time on the road on two wheels. It is a most interesting read and reminds me of some of the great road-story books I have read over the years. The professor is a tortured soul. A former English teacher, he finds a sort of comfort out on the road that many of us can identify with. The redneck, well – he is just living the dream. To him the road is one big adventure to be had in full measure at every turn. They ride all over the country, mostly alone, but meeting up every now and then to have a bit of an adventure together. The poet… well, I am not gonna say much about the poet other than when you meet him you will be shocked, intrigued, and a bit wary. You don’t have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to like this story – one of friendship, honor, relationships, and the road. Just be open to being surprised and intrigued. The book is available on Amazon for Kindle and paperback.

Video / July 11, 2020

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Depesche TOPModel Hand Design Colouring Book review
Video / May 29, 2020

Depesche TOPModel Hand Design Colouring Book review is our another video about TOP Model colouring books series. A Depesche TOPmodel Create Your Hand Design Colouring Book with 46 pages of TOPModels which can be be treated to with included nail stickers. Top hands for the TOPModels! This colouring book invites you to adorn the models’ hands in all kinds of variations. On 46 pages June, Lexy and the others can be treated to nail stickers, hand tattoos and rings from the 2 film sticker sheets! We rated this video with 3 stars! This is the first video performed by our daughter! Woo hoo! Please support her with comments and likes #DepescheTopModel #nailsdesigns #TOPModel

The Scout Rifle Study: A Book Review and Critique of the Scout Rifle Concept
Video / May 18, 2020

Available on Amazon: Let me preface this by saying that I remain a big fan of the Scout Rifle concept and the Steyr Scout in particular. When I ordered a copy of Richard Mann’s “The Scout Rifle Study”, I was hoping to find a critical assessment of the concept. I was hoping to see pros and cons of the forward-mounted optic in particular, and the inclusion of an AR-10 on the cover made me think that there might be serious discussion of the modern lightweight self loading rifle in the context of the Scout Rifle concept. Basically, I was hoping for a book that would independently critique Cooper’s concept, and bring fact-based conclusions about where it was suitable or unsuitable. Instead, the book is much more a compilation of the primary source material of the Scout Rifle, as a one-stop-shop for those who are already happily convinced that it is a universal general-purpose rifle needing no defense. If the Scout Rifle is considered a cult, this book would be its Nicene Creed, not its Ninety-Five Theses. Of course, for the person who is a devotee of the concept, this is a great book, compiling all of Cooper’s original definitions…

Ian Reviews the Greatest Book Ever: Chassepot to FAMAS
Video / March 12, 2020

Available only direct from Headstamp Publishing: I am very excited to finally be able to formally present to you Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016! After about 3 years of work, it’s finally here and shipping. My goal with this book was to create a reference guide that would allow someone to identify any French military rifle they would encounter, be it in museums, gun shows, auction, and collections.It covers military rifle designed and built in France, and has 10 chapters comprising more than 530 pages: Chassepot, Gras, Kropatschek, Lebel, Berthier, RSC, MAS 36, MAS semiauto, FR, and FAMAS. within each chapter is a history of the design, variations, markings, production dates and totals, combat use, bayonets, mechanics, and more. The photography is outstanding, and it really shows. James Rupley’s efforts in that area have made it the best-looking firearms reference book ever published, if I may be so bold as to make that claim. This is not a typical book full of dark black-and-white photos. While there are a few other books in English on French rifles, none is even remotely close to the scope of mine. This is a must-have resource for anyone interested in French…

DIY Darkroom Book Review
Video / February 23, 2020

In this video I discuss four different books that are excellent resources for anyone considering building or renovating their own darkroom. The books I look at are: Build Your Own Home Darkroom, by Lista Duren & Will McDonald The New Darkroom Handbook, by Joe DeMaio, Robin Worth, & Dennis Curtin Building A Home Darkroom, from Kodak Workshop Series Photolab Design for Professionals, by Kodak You can support this channel by purchasing a print from or a t-shirt designed by yours truly at Feather by Waywell Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library

Book Review: Browning Auto-5 Shotguns
Video / January 14, 2020

Get your copy direct from the publisher: Or on Amazon: I am normally more interested in military small arms than sporting ones, but the Browning Auto-5 is such an important firearm that it deserves the recognition of and proper small arms enthusiast. It was not only the first long recoil firearm, but also the first viable semiautomatic shotgun – and it remained very popular for many decades. H.M. Shirley, Jr and Anthony Vanderlinden teamed up to write the definitive reference work on the gun, covering everything from prototypes and Browning’s patents as he designed it to the Japanese production almost a century later. The book begins with an excellent extended overview of the history of FN, John Browning, and their collaborations – a section which will be excellent reading for anyone not familiar with that history (and with lots of detail that many folks probably don’t know). It then explains really every aspect of the gun’s production and variation – proofing, barrel marks, different grades and options, mechanics, serial numbers and date codes, special models, engraving, and more. This really is a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in the FN production of the Auto-5! Cool Forgotten Weapons merch!…

Book Review: Weapons Mounts for Secondary Armament
Video / December 30, 2019

Get a copy here via Amazon: “Weapon Mounts for Secondary Armament” is a nearly 1200-page reference on all manner of machine gun mounting systems for tanks, aircraft,t light vehicles, and ground mounts. The book was commissioned in 1957 by the Detroit Arsenal as a reference for engineers tasked with designing the secondary weapon mounts for new vehicles, and only a few dozen copies were printed. The original manuscript film was located by Dan Shea of Long Mountain Outfitters (now Phoenix Defense) and reprinted in 2007, because it is a massively valuable source of information on a subject that is not normally given close attention. For any machine gun researcher or collector, this book is clearly a must-have. It focuses on American equipment, but covers everything that was available to the US military form World War One until 1957, which includes a lot of foreign material. Not just standard material, but lots of experimental guns, tanks, vehicles, and mounts as well. I expect it is fully worth the cover price just as a pictorial reference to inter-war experimental US tanks, entirely aside form the machine guns. As of this filming, copies of the 2007 reprint are still available, for a…

Spring Book Review! “A Dog’s Purpose”
Video / December 19, 2019

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Book Review: Walther Pistols – Models 1 to PPX
Video / December 16, 2019 Cool Forgotten Weapons merch! Dieter Marschall originally published his book on Walther Pistols in German, but it was translated into English to meet demand form the collector market here in the US. This is the third English edition, expanded form previous ones. Unlike most books on Walther, this one covers all of Walther’s post-war production, including both current guns like the PPQ and PPX, but also the decades of production by Manurhin as well as other unlicensed copies. This makes it quite comprehensive in scope, which is great.  The book is formatted as basically a catalog of models and variations – ideal for a collector, but a bit lacking as a book that tells the story of the pistols. Whether that is a pro or a con depends on what the reader is looking for, of course. What there can be no doubt of, however, is that it is the best value for the dollar in Walther reference material right now, with a price of $44 as of this writing. One can argue where is is better or lesser than works by Rankin and others, but it is available right now and for a very reasonable price. In…

Book Review: The Martini Henry, For Queen and Empire
Video / December 9, 2019

Get the copy direct from IMA: https://world wide Or from Amazon . com here: Don’t miss Alpinshaw’s own website: http://world wide Among the perennial challenges facing authors of firearms reference books is balancing the technical nit-pickery using the broad historic look at a gun and it is context in world occasions. The emphasis is generally tending for the technical, but Neil Alpinshaw has been doing a great job of balancing the 2, making the introduction of the Martini-Henry an interesting story simultaneously (an uncommon task within this genre!). His new book “The Martini-Henry: For Queen and Empire” mixes vivid descriptions of British troops fighting over the far-flung corners around the globe using their reliable Martinis with past the event and modernization from the rifles (and carbines). Most fascinating in my experience personally was the section around the Martini-enfield, that was is the improved form of the Martini-Henry. Chambered for any smaller sized-bore .402 caliber cartridge and fitted with sights for rapid close-in combat in addition to lengthy-range volley fire and sporting a fast-loading magazine connected to the receiver, this can be a fascinating consider the greatest evolution from the single-shot black-powder military rifle. Its development was dashed…

Book Review: Vickers Guide to the Kalashnikov, Volume II
Video / November 9, 2019

Shipping now, only accessible direct from Vickers Guide: https://world wide Fair disclaimer: I might be biased, like me a co-author of the work… Vickers Guide has returned using the second volume around the AK, particularly on 5.45mm and 5.56mm Kalashnikovs. If you want the very first volume, you’ll certainly such as this one – it had been brought by Ray Vickers with myself and Take advantage of Stott co-authoring, and addition contributions from Maxim Popenker, Miles Vining, Nic Jenzen-Johnson, Jack Dutschke, Kevin Greggory, Lyndon Schooler, Vladimir Onokoy, Zoltan Szoros, Jonathan Ferguson, and much more! This volume is 350 pages, with almost the very first half focused on Russian rifles. These includes a lot of our prime-tech interesting developments like balanced-recoil designs together with trials and prototype guns, LMGs, grenade launchers, and a multitude of standard production guns. The 2nd 1 / 2 of it covers all of those other world, including Bulgaria, Burma, China, the Czech Republic, East Germany, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Belgium, Romania, and Nigeria. As before, this really is should have been an espresso table book and never an in depth reference book, but most of us have done our very best to make sure that the…

Porsche Made a LAPTOP?? – Book One Review
Video / November 4, 2019

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