The Sten submachine gun - officially the ‘Carbine, Machine, Sten' - was developed to fulfill the pressing British need for large quantities of cheaply produced weapons after Dunkirk, when German invasion was a very real possibility. Over four million were built during World War II, and the Sten was widely used by airborne troops, tankers, and others who needed a compact weapon with substantial firepower. It proved especially popular with Resistance fighters as it was easy to conceal, deadly at close range, and could fire captured German ammunition - with a design so simple that Resistance fighters were able to produce them in bicycle shops. Featuring vivid first-hand accounts, specially commissioned full-colour artwork and close-up photographs, this is the fascinating story of the mass-produced submachine gun that provided Allied soldiers and Resistance fighters with devastating close-range firepower.
AR 15 Vol 3. Sweeney
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The Master of the AR-15 Has Done It Again!
The AR-15 has become America's favorite rifle-and no one knows it better than Patrick Sweeny. Now, in Volume 3 of his best-selling series on the AR, Sweeney unlocks the mysteries behind the piston AR. From factory-stock rifles to do-it-yourself conversions, if there's anything you want to know about the latest generation of the AR-15s, you'll find it in Gun Digest® Book of The AR-15, Volume 3.
It's All Here!
Conversions from direct impingement to piston operation
New manufacturers: H&K, Sun Devil, CMMG, among others
Magazines and other accessories
And much, much more!
Whether you're buying your first AR or building one from the ground up, there's no better reference than Sweeney's AR series from Gun Digest® Books. And now, with Gun Digest® Book of The AR-15, Volume 3, you too, will be an expert on the most popular rifle in America!
Blood Brothers. The Story of Hiram and Hudson Maxim. McCallum
Most people don’t realize that Hiram Maxim was a creative and technical genius, and the machine gun was one one of his many notable accomplishments. He was also a character in every sense of the word, and both his brother Hudson and son Hiram Percy made their own significant contributions to firearms technology. Discover the whole story behind one of history’s great firearms inventors!
Browning 30 Cal BMG. Rottman.
First adopted in 1917, the rugged and reliable Browning .30-calibre machine gun remained in US service into the Vietnam era, and is still occasionally found in use elsewhere even today. Produced in both water-cooled and air-cooled versions, it has been employed in every imaginable role for a machine gun - antipersonnel, antiaircraft, mounted on aircraft as both defensive and offensive armament, defensive armament aboard vehicles (armoured and soft-skin), mounted on watercraft, and others.
Employing gripping first-hand testimony and featuring specially commissioned illustrations and detailed photographs, many in colour, this lively study of the Browning .30-calibre machine gun reveals the origins, combat history and legacy of this versatile and dependable weapon.
The Thompson Submachine Gun. Ellis
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Conceived by Colonel John Thompson in 1919 and intended for the trench warfare of World War I. The Thompson submachine 'Tommy' gun made its iconic mark in Chicago's gangland in the 1920s most notoriously in the hands of Al Capone's mobsters. One of the consequences of this notoriety was a lack of military demand. Also influenced by peace and the Depression so much so that of the first production run 15,000 in 1921 - only two thirds had been sold by the end of 1938.
However, World War II was to change that. By the end of 1940, allied country defence forces had ordered over 110,000. The eventual US Ordinance Department orders of the Thompson machine gun would total 1.5 million.
This book examines the production history, successes and use in combat of the Tommy gun illustrated with over 70 photographs and line drawings.
Modern Machine Guns
This authoritative guide to post-war machine-guns covers a vast array of weapons from the Gatling gun to the six-barrel Vulcan. In addition to outlining the history of each weapon type and its development, this guide cites the caliber, ammunition, length, weight, feed, rate of fire, and muzzle velocity of each weapon. Includes weapons manufactured in Britain, the US, Germany, Russia, Yugoslavia, China, Italy, Israel and Czechoslovakia.
The Gatling Gun. Berk.
More than 130 years after its introduction, the Gatling is a force to be reckoned with. After being declared obsolete in 1911, it staged an impressive comeback as the Vulcan in the 1950s, terrified the Vietcong in the jungles of Vietnam and contributed to the swift defeat of Iraqi troops in the liberation of Kuwait. It will no doubt play a vital military role well into the 21st century, and this is the definitive book on its history, development and technology.
The Sten: The Legendary World War II British Submachine Gun. Guillou.
The legendary British, World War II STEN submachine gun is featured in this concise, illustrated book. Famous for its use by British elite forces, as well as the French underground during WWII, variants of the STEN were manufactured and used by many countries during the war and up through the 1970s. Beginning with its initial design and construction, the Mk.I and Mk.I*, Mk.II, Mk.III, and Mk.5 versions are presented in detail, including up-close images of manufacturer’s markings. Superb war-era photographs show the various STEN models in combat use. Select foreign variants also discussed include French, Polish, and German types. STEN accessories such as magazines, ammunition, silencers, and bayonets are featured throughout the book, as well as rarely seen WWII-related uniform and equipment items.
American Submachine Guns 1919-1950: Thompson SMG, M3 'Grease Gun,' Reising, UD M42, Accessories. Guillou.
America's famous and influential WWII submachine guns (SMGs) are all featured in this fully illustrated book. Beginning with the legendary Thompson submachine, its design, construction, and testing in the early 1920s, as well as its use by the US Marine Corps, the Irish Republican Army, and prohibition era gangsters is presented in detail. Its famed use during WWII in all war theaters is shown in superb period photography and clear, up-close colour images. Also featured are chapters on other US WWII era submachine guns: the M3 "Grease Gun," Reising SMG, and the United Defense M42 (UD M42). Accessories such as magazines, ammunition, webbing, and cleaning kits are featured throughout the book, as well as rarely seen WWII-related uniform and equipment items.
Concise, illustrated history of America's famous and influential WWII submachine guns (SMGs)
• Used by the US military, the Irish Republican Army, and prohibition era gangsters
• Also covers the M3 "Grease Gun," Reising SMG, and the United Defense M42 (UD M42)
450 colour and b/w photographs
German Submachine Guns, 1918-1945: Bergmann MP18/1, MP34/38/40/41, MKb42/43/1, MP43/1, MP44, StG44
Germany's World War I and II era submachine guns are all featured in this fully illustrated book. Early Bergmann models are presented first showing their development from the MP18, through to the MP35, followed by discussions of the Schmeisser MP28, Steyr MP34, and Erma "EMP." An extensive chapter on the famous MP38/40 features a close look at production numbers, manufacturers, and markings. Foreign and late-war models are also presented showing the wide variety of SMGs used by the Wehrmacht during WWII. The book concludes with the legendary and influential MKb42, MP43/1, MP44, and StG44 series of assault rifles. Their wartime use is shown in superb period photography and clear, up-close colour images. Accessories such as magazines, ammunition, pouches, and silencers are featured throughout the book, as well as rarely seen WWI and II-related uniform and equipment items.
• Concise, illustrated history of Germany's famous and influential WWI and WWII era submachine guns
• Covers the Bergmann MP18/I, MP34/38/40/41, MKb42/43/1, MP43/1, MP44, StG44, accessories, ephemera, and more
• Also includes details on foreign, captured, and late-war submachine guns used by German forces
370 colour and b/w photographs
Germany's Guns 1939 - 45. Gander.
The propaganda view of the German Army as being the first modern army fully equipped for war in 1939 is far from historically accurate. The Treaty of Versailles left Germany weak and unable to produce more than token weapons. Germany entered WWII using a variety of obsolete and captured weapons. These, and the more advanced guns that followed, are described in detail and fully illustrated here by noted historian Terry Gander. Includes all types of field and heavy artillery, coastal guns and anti-aircraft guns.
The Gatling Gun Notebook. Hughes.
THE GATLING GUN NOTEBOOK A Collection of Data and Illustrations
James B. Hughes
All most everyone recognises a GATLING GUN today...but when the science of "machine guns" was in its infancy, each improvement in design or firepower was hailed in the press. These news reports were usually illustrated with line drawings...and these 100-plus-year-old drawings make up the body of this notebook on the Gatling Gun, from 1863 when it first appeared, to 1917, when the last U.S. government manual was printed for the Gatling. Ten makers in five countries are covered, as are the Gatling Guns that 29 countries tested or used in some 25 different calibres. Carriages, feed devices, cartridges, manuals and implements are also described or pictured herein. Sales, inspectors and issues, some by serial number, are detailed for many purchases. For the technically minded, extracts from relevant United States patents are included. Listings of all Richard Jordan Gatling's American patents and those patents that "improved" upon his designs are also included.
The M-4 Carbine. Rosso
The M4 Carbine and its variants fire 5.56 x 45mm NATO ammunition and are gas-operated, air-cooled, magazine-fed, selective fire firearms with a 4-position telescoping stock.
The M4 can trace its lineage back to earlier carbine versions of the M16, all based on the original AR-15 made by ArmaLite. It is a shorter and lighter version of the M16A2 assault rifle, with selective fire options including semi-automatic and three-round burst.
Used predominantly by US forces, and by many special forces around the world, this book provides an illustrated history of its design, development and operational history, including its use in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Manual. H & R Reising Submachine Gun.
Describes the mechanics, functions, and operations of the model 50 and provides troubleshooting information and parts diagrams plus disassembly/assembly illustrations.
AK-47 - Survival and Evolution of the World's Most Prolific Gun. Vorobiev,
Written by former Soviet Spetsnaz soldier and avid AK historian Marco Vorobiev, and appealing from both an historic and practical point of view, this authoritative guide will catch the attention of gun collectors and enthusiasts everywhere, especially those who collect and/or shoot AKs and other military rifles.
Inside, you'll find:
Verified historical data and interesting, little-known facts.
Practical guide to gun features and step-by-step modernization.
Machine Guns: A Pictorial, Tactical, and Practical History. Thompson
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In Machine Guns: A Pictorial, Tactical, and Practical History author Jim Thompson offers useful information on machine guns and how they actually function in the field, enough history for you to understand how and why the guns were developed, and advice about the machine gun's best friend and worst enemy, ammunition. Detailing the models by country of development, Thompson includes weapons from the World War I era through today, and provides hundreds of photographs and illustrations. .
Browning Machine Gun, Caliber .50HB, M2
BROWNING MACHINE GUN CALIBER .50 HB, M2
a U.S. Army Manual
What makes a heavy machine gun designed and developed in the latter days of World War I still relevant to modern militaries? Reliability, durability and longevity, coupled with a hard-hitting, accurate .50-calibre cartridge designed specifically for this machine gun from the .30-06 cartridge - one of the most successful, versatile and popular rifle cartridges ever. developed.
In 1918, as the German military developed thicker armor plate to withstand hits from American rifle cartridges, American firearms genius John Moses Browning was tasked with designing a heavy machine gun to fire a new .50-caliber cartridge capable of penetrating that armour. Browning came up with his famous .50-caliber M2 heavy machine gun, known affectionately to doughboys, GIs, grunts, aircrews, sailors and devil dogs as "Ma Deuce."
This latest edition of the U.S. Army FM 23-36 Browning .50-caliber manual includes an extensive foreword that outlines the history and development of the M2 and its use by the military forces of at least 90 countries throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the operation and maintenance of this incredible weapon.
The Lewis Gun. Truby
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The Lewis gun, invented in 1912, served with honor through several wars. The author chronicles the development and employment of this much loved and trusted weapon, in the early decades of the 20th century. Exhaustively researched, now in its second edition, this is a pictorial history to further illustrate a colorful story.
Sub - Machine Gun. Popenker, Williams.
In this book, weapons experts Maxim Popenker and Anthony Williams present a study of the development of the sub-machine gun and its ammunition, before undertaking a country-by-country survey of the weapons designed, built and used across the world. With data tables giving details of ammunition and hundreds of photographs, this is an authoritative account of an essential infantry weapon.
The German Assault Rifle 1935 - 1945. Senich.
This comprehensive volume details the circumstances surrounding the development and fielding of the machine carbine, machine pistol and assault rifles employed by Hitler's Wehrmacht. It also includes a complete review of the ammo, field accessories and special equipment intended for the short cartridge weapon.
Johnson Rifles and Machineguns. Canfield
The M1941 is the hottest World War II rifle on the collectors' market today, and this exciting new book covers it all! From invention and manufacture through issue to the troops, every aspect of the Johnson is explained and illustrated - including just the kind of hands-on information that you need, like collector's notes and serial number data. And that's not all! You will also learn about all the other Johnson weapons, like the Light Machine Guns, "Paratroop" rifles and aircraft cannon. Discover which troops used these unique guns, including those Johnson Rifles issued to the U.S. Marine Corps. See the weapons in action, from test firing to battle service. As if that isn't enough, author Bruce N. Canfield also tells the intriguing story of Johnson himself, using never-before-revealed sources provided by the inventor's son, Edward R, Johnson and Johnson researcher Robert L. Lamoreaux. Over 285 clear and detailed photographs show you the features that separate original configuration rifles from less valuable put-together guns and sporterized versions. This is the practical kind of help that will save you money and time. All accessories are covered, including the highly sought-after bayonets. Learn about Johnson's continual struggle against government bureaucrats, as his rifle stood head-to-head with the famous M1 Garand. This is truly an exciting story that will captivate anyone with an interest in World War II or weapons manufacturing.
German Machine Guns Revised Edn. Musgrave.
by Daniel D Musgrave
Revised/2nd Edition 1992,
Out of experiences of trench warfare in WWI came the concepts and doctrine upon which the great German machinegun technology was founded.
This book related the complete story of Germans machineguns, and in telling that story, it points out some popular misconceptions.
A few examples of such misconceptions are:
•That Germany had 50,000 machineguns in 1914;
•That the Treaty of Versailles influenced design;
•That all German machineguns designs were successful;
•That Germany developed new machineguns in crash programs, sometimes in less than a year;
•That the output of German machineguns was falling in 1944.
In addition to information of a historical or purely technical nature, an effort has been made to present certain facts that are of interest to collectors of German Militaria. Of particular interest to collector is the data on accessories, some of which are relatively unknown outside Germany. While the chances of encountering these accessories will decrease year by year, it is a distinct advantage to know what to look for, and how it relates to the machinegun itself.
This book tells the story of German machineguns in a manner that can be understood by the novice as well as by the expert.
650 illustrations, 586 pages
The UZI Submachine Gun Examined. Gaboury.
Although universally recognised, the history of this iconic weapon has gone largely undocumented — until now. Originally designed for the Israeli military by Uziel Gal, the UZI submachine gun has a colourful history that has reached around the globe. Using approximately 1,000 photos, this book examines the history and technical details of all the UZI submachine gun variations, both military and civilian, from its initial design to the current models. Also included are original factory documents, model-by-model features, part variations, accessories and manuals.
The Devils Paintbrush. Sir Hiram Maxim's Gun. Goldsmith.
The Devil's Paintbrush - Sir Hiram Maxim's Gun
by Dolf L Goldsmith
Deluxe Expanded Edition, 2002
584 pages, 819 illustrations
This celebrated study, which has been hailed as "simply the best book ever written about machine guns" is back in a brand-new expanded edition, containing 200 additional pages of text and nearly 300 brand-new illustrations.
The story of the world's first true automatic machine gun begins right at the beginning (with the aid of rare photos and patent drawings of Sir Hiram's original working models), and charts the course to first adoption by the British Army in 1889. In World War I the Maxim earned the dubious distinction of being used in virtually identical versions by both sides. After extensive coverage of Maxim models as made and used in other countries, and the myriad Maxim accessories, the book also includes The Maxim in Depth and The Troubleshooter's Handbook, which explain how the Maxim works while providing many expert tips on troubleshooting and restoring the highly collectible Maxim today.
German Military Rifles & Machine Pistols 1871-1945. Gotz.
Richly illustrated volume covers the development of modern German rifles and machine pistols, as well as their ammunition, and includes many rare and experimental types. Covered are the Werder rifle, Mauser rifles, the various M/71 rifles and ammunition, the 88 cartridge, the Infantry Rifle 88, the 98 rifles, the Fallschirmjäger rifle, the 41 & 43 rifles, ERMA and Walther machine pistols and many more.
American Thunder 111. The Military Thompson Submachine Guns. Iannamico
The 3rd updated version of the in-depth look at the famous wartime Thompson Submachine Gun as used by the United States and her allies during WWII. There have been many books written about the original Colt Thompsons, but never before has such an in depth volume been published on the wartime Thompsons.
The famous wartime Thompson Submachine Gun as used by the United States and her allies during WWII. There have been many books written about the original Colt Thompsons, but never before has such an in depth volume been published on the wartime Thompsons.
This book will be a "Must have" for historians, collectors, and reenactors alike!
Many great photographs that show detail markings and features of the various models, as well as vintage WWII photographs showing the Thompson in action.
Some of the topics covered in this book;
1. Detailed descriptions of the 1928, 1928A1, M1 and M1A1 models
2. The early history of the Auto-Ordnance Corporation.
3. The men responsible for the design and creation of the Thompson
4. Early development and the pre WWII Colt Thompsons.
5. The Savage Arms Co. Thompsons.
6. The Auto-Ordnance, Bridgeport Thompsons.
7. Savage "Commercial" and British contract guns.
8. WWII production dates and figures.
9. The British and French contracts with Auto-Ordnance.
10. The U.S. Lend-Lease Thompsons.
11. The U.S. Ordnance Department involvement.
12. The U.S. Government contracts and numbers.
13. U.S. markings and variations
14. Foreign contract markings and variations.
15. Complete details on contractors and subcontractors.
16. Drum and magazine contractors.
17. Drum and magazine contracts and production figures.
18. Parts manufacture and original cost.
19. Accessories and accouterments
Browning Machine Gun Vol 2. Goldsmith
The Browning Machine Gun Volume II -Rifle Caliber Brownings Abroad
by Dolf L. Goldsmith
Deluxe First Edition 2006
392 pages, 486 illustrations
This second volume of Dolf Goldsmith's series on Browning machine guns proves beyond doubt that the rifle-caliber Browning was simply the most popular and most-used machine gun ever designed.
In some ways this book is even more engrossing than Volume I, as it describes and illustrates in considerable detail the many variations on the basic Browning which were manufactured and/or used by over twenty countries, in virtually every corner of the world, in both World Wars, in Korea and in Vietnam.
Of particular interest is the focus on the aircraft Browning, beginning in the Interwar years, in Britain and particularly in Belgium, where Dieudonné Saive, John Browning's erstwhile chief assistant, twice increased the rate of fire of the FN Browning aircraft machine gun, first in 1932 to 1,200 rpm and again in 1938 to 1,500 rpm, in order to keep pace with the ever-faster airspeeds of the best new fighters and pursuit aircraft.
It may seem strange to feature an aircraft, even one so famous as the British Spitfire, one of the best all-round fighters of World War II, on the cover of a book about Browning machine guns. However there are really eight Browning machine guns in this picture!
As discussed in Chapter Two of this book, the crucial decision to equip each British fighter with eight Brownings was of no less than monumental importance. On this subject the late Col. George M. Chinn USMC (ret.), the author of the authoritative five-volume series of books titled The Machine Gun, commented decisively,
"Students of warfare are generally in agreement that the most far-reaching single military decision made in the 20th century was when a small group of British officers, shortly before World War II, decided to mount eight caliber .303 Brownings on their Hurricane and Spitfire fighters. This single act undoubtedly brought about a turning point of the war".
The Browning Machine Gun Vol 3
The Browning Machine Gun Volume III-Supporting the Rifle Caliber Brownings
by Dolf L. Goldsmith
Deluxe First Edition 2008
488 pages, 766 illustrations
This is the third volume in author Dolf Goldsmith's monumental series on the Browning machine gun. Volume I, subtitled Rifle Caliber Brownings in U.S. Service, published in 2005, covers the invention, development and manufacturing history of all models of rifle caliber Brownings in the United States, and their use by U.S. forces in two World Wars and Korea. Volume II, Rifle Caliber Brownings Abroad, published in 2006, covers the offshore production and use of rifle caliber Brownings in 35 other countries.
However, the gun itself was only a part of the total picture, as a great deal of auxiliary equipment was needed to keep it in action. The development work that went into these many accessories and ancillaries, here meticulously researched by a well-known machine gun collector, lifelong shooter and ex-U.S. Army armorer, is as interesting as that of the gun, and in some cases even more so, yet up to now it has scarcely been documented anywhere, except for basic descriptions found in military manuals.
Volume III contains in-depth coverage on component nomenclature and theory of operation; ground, vehicle and aircraft mounts; sights and sighting equipment; flash hiders; ammunition; ammunition boxes, belts and links; belt filling machines and link loaders; cooling equipment; transport equipment; canvas accessories; training devices (including .22 caliber guns and conversion kits); tools and gauges; caliber conversions; manuals, handbooks and other instructions.