Synopses & Reviews
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 color 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 oroperation in which the gun was used. Specific tabled information accompanies each entry and includes information such as 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.
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