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Possibly the only assault weapons book you will ever need!
on 6 April 2005
Knowing the authors work with the comprehensive russian guns website, I expected just as high quality from his first book, and I got it.
Containing comprehensive sections on ammunition development, assault rifle design/ballistics and the varying weapons themselves. The previous two sections suprised me greatly, expecting just individual specs for each countries rifles the ammunition and design sections are a real gem. Ammunition covers not only the development of the current NATO calibres but also exotic ammunition (such as caseless ammo) and other experimental ammunitions such as the new remington 6.8 SPC round. The design section discusses the benefits of the main rifle layouts (bullpup and traditional) and goes into great detail breaking down the assault rifle to look at mechanisms, ballistics and the various sections.
The second half of the book is what most readers will be interested in, the weapons and it does not disappoint. Drawing on the authors work done on the website and further expanding on the weapon histories and desciptions this is a definitive guide to the assault rifles available in the world today. Having read (the frankly flawed) latest edition of Janes and a variety of other sources on Assault rifles, I have to say this is the best list so far. The section on USSR weapons in particular is excellent, even bettering certain books specifically dedicated to looking at AK and russian assault rifle variants.
If there is any gripe about the book at all it is the lack of colour printed photos, however this is only a minor point.
In conclusion a brilliant read and essential to any assault weapon enthusiast.