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….

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…

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…

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…

Book Review: FN49 – The Last Elegant Old World Military Rifle (New Edition)
Video / November 2, 2019

Available direct in the writer: https://world wide Or via Amazon . com: I’ve been impatiently waiting for the expanded second edition of Wayne Johnson’s “The FN-49: The Final Elegant Old-World Military Rifle” since I heard a rumor it had become within the works. The very first edition was printed in 2004, and offered out before I began searching for any copy. There is additionally a Collector Grade book around the FN-49, but there have been facets of the storyline that it doesn’t adequately cover. Well, Johnson’s new book is finally here, and it is an enormous expansion in the first version. Actually, the page count has greater than bending, to in excess of 450 pages and most a 1000 photographs. It’s printed by Wet Dog Publications (Anthony Vanderlinden), and the knowledge about their own previous books on Mauser rifles and handguns reveals within the layout and editing of the work. It starts with some fundamental good reputation for FN as well as designer Dieudonné Saive for context, after which moves in to the developmental work made by FN on semiauto rifles within the years before World War Two. There’s a number of chapters on each one of the…

Book Review: French Tanks of the Great War
Video / October 27, 2019

On Amazon . com: Getting lately finished guiding a WW1 battlefield tour in France and Belgium, I discovered myself curious to understand more about the facts of French tank development and repair. We are utilized to seeing and listening to the British tanks, however it was really in france they Renault Foot-17 light tank that will set the way forward for modern tank development. It I discovered was Tim Gale’s “French Tanks within the Great War” past both development and combat utilisation of the three mixers saw French service (the Schneider, the St. Chamond, and also the Foot-17). The developmental story isn’t technical within this book – it’s focused rather around the logistic and business growth and development of the tank service (the “Special Artillery”). The technical development is included, although not in much detail. In which the book is packed with detail is incorporated in the combat good reputation for the tanks. In the Nivelle Offensive in 1917 with the finish from the war, Gale describes those things from the tank units deployed to every major unit. These details comes make up the original after-action reports from the French military archives, and it is packed with details, frequently…

Book Review: Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms
Video / September 22, 2019

http://world wide Awesome Forgotten Weapons merch! Norm Flayderman opened up an old-fashioned gun shop in 1952, along with a couple of years later expanded his marketing to some mail-order catalog. He’d ultimately print 119 such catalogs by 1998, researching and documenting a significant quantity of info on antique American firearms. In 1977 he printed the very first edition of Flayderman’s Guide, compiling these details right into a single volume. Mr. Flayderman died in 2013, but his Guide is a central pillar of firearms understanding, reprinted most lately within the ninth updated edition (this video shows the eighth edition). The data in Flayderman’s Guide is usually not so deep, but it’s specific and direct, covering production figures, configurations, along with other fundamental important information on an amazing breadth of yankee arms history. In the Colonial period and American Independence with the Spanish-American War, the work covers virtually everything.  There are hardly any books which i would consider essential staples associated with a firearms reference library – usually may be are extremely varied by specific regions of interest. But Flayderman’s is really a magazine that each scholar and enthusiast must have. Happily, it had been printed in significant quantity, and…

Book Review: Arms & Accoutrements of the Mounted Police 1873-1973
Video / September 16, 2019

http://world wide Awesome Forgotten Weapons merch! The Royal North West Mounted Police (later merged using the Dominion Police to get the RCMP – Royal Canadian Mounted Police) are a fascinating and frequently overlooked aspect of the western frontier. We Americans have a tendency to only consider that old West as much as northern Montana and Idaho, however things weren’t much different on the other hand from the border in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and yet another western provinces. Beginning using their founding in 1873, police force in western Canada was the domain from the RNWMP, plus they used a fascinating combination of British Empire arms and American arms – Colts and Adams Winchesters and Sniders. “Arms and Accoutrements from the Mounted Police, 1873-1973” covers the entire range or arms and accessories utilized by the Mounties. Handguns, rifles, shotguns, machine guns, swords, lances, as well as artillery (yes, they’d some artillery). A great book for just about any Canadian collector, and very worthwhile throughout us too – a window right into a police agency we do not frequently consider. It is usually from print, but at this moment still available for $35 at https://world wide Contact: Forgotten Weapons…

Book Review: The Ross Rifle Story
Video / September 8, 2019

http://world wide Awesome Forgotten Weapons merch! “The Ross Rifle Story” may be the Bible of Ross rifle collecting – it’s the only substantial reference work about them and contains a significant quantity of details about the introduction of the Ross. However, it’s also among the worst-edited firearms reference books I know of. It features a second Table of Contents on-page 85 – need I only say in addition to that? Well, I’ll. The pictures are black and white-colored and frequently darker and uneven or too light. Beyond it truly being two separate manuscripts printed consecutive, the business is actually missing. Finding information within the book may also be very hard, as the topic jumps around a great deal. The storyline from the Ross – especially separating the civilian and military development – is a nice complicated one, or even a well-edited book about them may well be a bit hard to parse. This book is actually bad at occasions. However for everything, it *does* possess the information (with simply a couple of errors), and it is the only real book that does. If you are looking at the Ross, this can be a must-have book despite its problems….

Book Review: Systeme Lefaucheux
Video / August 18, 2019

Offered at Amazon . com: The pinfire system, as introduced by Casimir Lefaucheux and expanded by his boy Eugene, is among the most critical corners of cartridge firearms development that’s been completely overlooked by collectors and firearms enthusiasts. It was most likely probably the most prevalent and relevant cartridge before the standardization from the centerfire brass cartridge, but it’s generally ignored as cheap junk. It’s not easy responsible people an excessive amount of with this, though, as there’s precious little literature to assist illuminate a brief history and value of the lowly pinfire – with Chris Curtis’ book being the best choice bar none. Curtis’ jobs are really just introducing the topic, since it is is really this type of broad subject to try to cover in a single book. Curtis will a good job condensing all of this information lower to around 300 pages, including chapters around the work of both Casimir and Eugene, European and American military utilization of pinfire arms, commercial pinfire lengthy guns and handguns, pinfire pepperbox pistols, pinfire oddities, pinfire cartridges and reloading, along with a chapter particularly for individuals searching to gather pinfire arms. That chapter on collecting includes several pages of proof…