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By titleWorld's Great Small Arms

World's Great Small Arms

What makes the Russian AK-47 the most successful assault rifle of all time? Why is the Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun so deadly? Why is the Bren gun the finest light machine gun ever? The World’s Great Small Arms answers these questions and many more in its analysis of outstanding and innovative handheld weapons. All types of small arms are covered, including bolt-action rifles, assault rifles, combat shotguns, handguns, and machine guns. It is illustrated with more than 110 colour and black-&-white photographs and 120 colour illustrations, including eight outstanding full-colour gatefolds featuring an annotated cutaway illustration of a leading weapon in its field. A treasure trove of specifications as well offering detailed development history, design and combat features, The World’s Great Small Arms will appeal to any student of weaponry and military history.

Format: 305 x 229mm (12 x 9")
Extent: 176pp
Illustrations: 50 col photos, 30 b/w photos, 100 col a/ws
Text: 70,000 words

Author details:

Craig Philip trained as an aeronautical engineer before taking up a position with a major defense contractor. He then joined a specialist defense publisher as a writer and editor, and has since worked on a variety of military and aviation book projects for a number of publishers, including Inside the SAS. He lives in the south of England. Ian Hogg, who wrote the introduction, was one of the world’s leading experts on small arms. He was editor of the annual Jane’s Infantry Weapons and Jane’s Ammunition Handbook.