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Jane's - Guns Recognition Guide (Jane's Recognition Guide) [Paperback]

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3 May 2005 Jane's Recognition Guide

Since the publication of the first edition in 1996, Jane’s Guns Recognition has sold over 65,000 copies worldwide and this edition ensures it remains the international best-selling firearms handbook.

This book does exactly what it says on the cover!

This is the most comprehensive guide to identifying guns, for anyone who is likely to come into contact with any firearm that is in use today, covering modern service weapons to older guns still found today.

With colour photography and detailed specifications from the world famous Jane’s Information Group resources, you will be able to recognise any gun with confidence and accuracy.

Jane’s Gun Recognition Guide also features details of manufacturers as well as listing all the brand names and markings you may come across around the world.

Submachine Guns
Bold Action Rifles
Automatic Rifles
Machine Guns
Manufacturer’s index
Brand name index

Product details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Collins-Janes; Fourth edition edition (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007183283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007183289
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not quite good enough. 31 May 2007
First up I'm going to echo what everyone else has said about Jane's Guns - "every firearm in use today."


Off the top of my head it's got no HKMP5 (but does list the MP5K), only lists one Thompson submachine-gun (variants have important differences). The Sten MK3 is no longer present. The revolvers section is full of ancient Beaumont - Adams revolvers and old pre-war Webleys, but it does not list the WW1 Webley MK VI Service Revolver and the Colt Peacemaker which are surely more common than these other marques. Strangely, the Webley MKVI was featured in older editions of Jane's Guns. There are no Mateba Autorevolvers. There is no Enfield SA80K, though it does list the L86 DMR (on the cover) and the L85A2 (SA80). The Colt Commando shortened M4 Carbine is removed. Some bolt action rifles are missing. There are many other omissions.

Conversely, the section on Machine Guns is as vast and exhaustive as ever, even pre-WW1 designs are featured. Surely these are encountered more rarely than a Colt Peacemaker or an HKMP5. There doesn't seem to be much consistency.

Also, some detail is incorrect. This would be understandable if it was a cheap, toilet-dwelling, time-passing throwaway reference guide, but it's an expensive identification book and you'd expect more quality for that kind of money. And if not quality, quantity.

On the plus side, it is well written, there are some darkly amusing passages, especially in the Machine Guns category and despite the omissions it still lists a huge amount of firearms and accurately explains (in the main) how to identify, unload and make safe the vast majority of guns in the world. Until someone gets fed up and makes another better guide, there is no better reference book for small arms in the world. Unfortunately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Janes gun recognition guide 30 Nov 2013
By fmilano
Superb book a must for anyone with an interest in firearms from the enthusiast right up to the professional military and policing levels. This book has excellent pictures and detailed technical specifications on all the firearms featured. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but some 'infractions' 7 Jun 2007
This book is an excellent guide for those of you who are into the world of guns. Contrary to 'major tom' the mp-5 base model is included in the 2005 edition. however, despite my high praises for this book it would be nice if the weopons in it were kept more up to date i.e. more recent weapons, but the old guns should stay in! There are various (now) common use assault rifles which have not even been mentioned in the text, as you have to check each description for the sub models and variants. Some of the weapons included for instance, the israeli magal, barely saw service since there were problems which forced it to be withdrawn from service, so blatantly should be omitted. However, this book is a worthwhile buy, especially at the price it is sold on amazon (£11 as opposed to £20)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Rounded Guide 30 Mar 2006
By CP Terp - Published on
Very imformative and up to date, with relevant facts and a summary for each weapon. On the negative side though, there are WAY to many grammatical errors, it was as if the author could'nt speak English. But since grammar is not important in this type of book it is negligible. In terms of selection of firearms virtually every mass-produced firearm after 1940 is included; the only I can recall thats not in the book is the Walther P99.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 9 Jun 2013
By carl m whyte - Published on
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Son and I use it to learn the different weaponries around the world. Would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about weaponry.
2.0 out of 5 stars Avereage book for an above average price. 8 Jun 2009
By Clayton D. Haisley - Published on
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Upon reading the multiple reviews pertaining to the other editions, I managed to obtain the previous editions, as well as this and the 5th edition. Once I finished comparing and contrasting, I was left feeling like I had paid too much for the newer (3rd, 4th, and 5th) editions. Each edition is an improvement over the previous one, but with the stated purpose of being primarily for law enforcement/military personnel I think Jane's would be better sticking with that mindset when selecting firearms for inclusion/deletion in upcoming editions and by compiling a separate book dealing with hunting-target firearms. All in all, pick up one (or more) older editions if you can find them at a yard/book sale and a more current one for general quick reference. I highly recommend not buying one hastily, as you will feel wanting once you start looking through it. Save up your money and buy a few better works like Pistols of the World and John Walter's Rifles of the World. They're a lot better books.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference 12 Jun 2008
By D. Menning - Published on
Good reference for the price listed (used). Good format. I would prefer another design of the content, but it is ok.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE IDEAL READ FOR MEETING PEOPLE 7 Aug 2006
By Heather L. Parisi - Published on

I decided to read this volume to distract myself while chaperoning my spouse and youngster during a sultry day at Six Flags theme park. After about 30 minutes I realized that the book had to be put away as I found people passing by me either gave me a thumbs-up or a head shaking frown. Can I be sure it was the book? ANSWER AFTER THE REVIEW!




-* MFG. INDEX, BRAND NAME INDEX - Pages 419-464

Within each gun-type, aphabetical organization by country is used. Essentially, 1 gun gets 1 page with a color photo and also includes a short blurb about the piece and a blue-outlined section at the bottom titled, "SPECIFICATIONS & OPERATIONS".


There are a lot of guns in this neatly organized reference, but it provides minimal info per gun. Essentially, one can quickly and reliably identify most any piece that may be encountered in the world today or during most of the twentieth century. Having said that, if you are looking for ballistic information you will have to look elsewhere.


Having moved away from the foot traffic to sit in the shade, after becoming a little self-conscious of the unwanted attention I seemed to be getting, a woman, about 30 or so, who had been waiting in line to get a tattoo-like rub-on, was staring at me and moving toward me. "You must be a gun dealer?" She stated rather proudly. I replied, "No -- actually I am an anti-gun activist." She looked me over, now, as if expecting to see what was wrong with me that she had missed the first time and walked away without speaking again.
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