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Browning .30-caliber Machine Guns, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN32
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    ABOUT THIS PRODUCTFirst adopted in 1917, the rugged and reliable Browning .30-caliber 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 (armored and soft-skin), mounted on watercraft,...

    Browning .50-Caliber Machine Guns, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN4
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      Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrators: Alan Gilliland Johnny ShumateAbout this bookThe Browning _50-cal_ has become the longest serving weapon in the US inventory. The _fifty_ has been employed in every imaginable role for a machine gun. It is considered such an effective and reliable weapon that few countries ever attempted to develop an equivalent weapon. Even the Japanese created a copy of it during World War II when the US was producing literally thousands every month to use in every...

      Colt Single-Action Revolvers
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        ABOUT THIS PRODUCTIn 1836, Samuel Colt changed the face of warfare with the production of the first of a series of iconic and influential single-action revolvers, including the .44-calibre Colt Walker and the seminal .45-calibre Colt Single Action Army, which remains in production today. These weapons shifted the role of the pistol from single-shot weapon of last resort to a practical and powerful sidearm that gave the user the ability to defend himself once his primary armament was...

        Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Dagger, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN7
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          Author: Leroy ThompsonIllustrator: Howard GerrardAbout this bookThe Fairbairn-Sykes Commando dagger has become iconic as the most widely recognized fighting knife in the world. The origins of the dagger can be traced to Shanghai in the 1930s where W. E. Fairbairn and US Marine officers including Sam Yeaton carried out experiments to develop what they considered the perfect knife for close combat. When Fairbairn and Sykes became instructors for the Commandos, they refined the design which would...

          FN MAG Machine Gun: M240, L7,, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN63
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            In this book, Chris McNab charts the technical evolution of this extraordinary weapon, created by Belgian company Fabrique Nationale d'Herstal. From the jungles of South East Asia, to the deserts of the Middle East, and the icy battlefields of the Falklands, this study explores the origins, development, combat use, and legacy of the FN MAG machine gun, a dominant weapon in its field for more than a half-century.

            German Automatic Rifles 1941-45, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN24
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              ABOUT THIS PRODUCTThis book explores the origins, development, combat use and lasting influence of Nazi Germany's automatic rifles, focusing on the Gew 41(W), Gew 43/Kar 43, FG 42 and MP 43/StG 44. The Blitzkrieg campaigns of 1939-40 convinced many observers that most infantry combat took place at closer ranges than the 750-1,000m. From 1941 Germany's arms designers took note and produced a new series of infantry firearms. This study not only provides a detailed technical description of each...

              German Machine Guns of World War I, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN47
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                ABOUT THIS PRODUCTWorld War I's defining weapon for many, Germany's MG 08 machine gun won a formidable reputation on battlefields from Tannenberg to the Somme. Although it was a lethally effective weapon when used from static positions, the MG 08 was far too heavy to perform a mobile role on the battlefield. As the British and French began to deploy lighter machine guns alongside their heavier weapons, the Germans fielded the Danish Madsen and British Lewis as stopgaps, but chose to adapt the...

                Katana: The Samurai Sword, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN5
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                  Author: Stephen TurnbullIllustrator: Johnny ShumateAbout this bookThe Samurai sword of Japan is probably the finest edged weapon ever made. This volume by leading Samurai expert Stephen Turnbull reveals the story of how and why it achieved this distinction. Particular attention is paid to the development of the familiar curved blade from the original straight blades, the associated development of Japan_s famous steel-making techniques and the challenges from contemporary warfare. Together with...

                  Luger, Osprey Publishing, Item Number OSPWPN64
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                    Initially chambered for the 7.65 21mm round, from 1902 the Luger was designed for DWM's 9 19mm round, which even today remains the most popular military handgun cartridge. It was adopted by the Imperial German Navy in 1904, followed by the German Army in 1908, receiving the name Pistole 08. Despite being supplanted by the Walther P38, the Luger remained in widespread service with all arms of Nazi Germany's armed forces throughout World War II, and even equipped East Germany's Volkpolizei in...

                    Mauser Military Rifles, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN39
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                      ABOUT THIS PRODUCTThis volume offers an insight into the iconic Mauser family of German bolt-action rifles. Drawing on first-hand accounts of the weapons in combat and primary sources regarding their mechanical performance, this fully illustrated study charts the Mauser's origins, combat record and lasting influence. It explores the full range of Mauser rifles, beginning with the hugely successful Gew 98, which entered service in the time of the Kaiser, provided the basis for the US...

                      Medieval Handgonnes: The First Black Powder Infantry Weapons, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN3
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                        Author: Sean McLachlanIllustrators: Gerry Embleton Sam EmbletonAbout this bookIn the early 14th century, a new weapon entered the arsenals of European armies. This first generation of black powder weapons put fear into the heart of the enemy and in 1453 Ottoman cannon succeeded in pummelling the once-impregnable walls of Constantinople. But cannons, which are both slow and cumbersome, were difficult to use and often proved inaccurate. The first handgonnes were the answer. Easily dismissed by...

                        MG 34 and MG 42 Machine Guns, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN21
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                          Author: Chris McNabIllustrators: Ramiro Bujeiro Alan GillilandAbout this bookWith the MG 34, the German Wehrmacht introduced an entirely new concept in automatic firepower _ the general-purpose machine gun (GPMG). In itself the MG 34 was an excellent weapon: an air-cooled, recoil-operated machine gun that could deliver killing firepower at ranges of more than 1,000m. Yet simply by changing its mount and feed mechanism, the operator could radically transform its function. On its standard bipod...

                          Mp 38 & Mp 40 Submachine Guns, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN31
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                            ABOUT THIS PRODUCTNazi Germany's MP 38 and MP 40 submachine guns are among World War II's most recognizable weapons. Portable and with folding stocks, both were widely issued to airborne troops and became the hallmark of Germany's infantry section and platoon leaders. A million were produced during the conflict - and many found their ways into the hands of paramilitary and irregular forces from Israel to Vietnam after the war. Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork and period and...

                            Panzerfaust And Panzerschreck, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN36
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                              ABOUT THIS PRODUCTTwo of World War II's most distinctive weapons, the Panzerfaust and Panzerschreck offered German and other infantrymen the ability to destroy enemy tanks singlehandedly at close ranges. While the Panzerschreck owed its origins largely to the US bazooka, the Panzerfaust was a revolutionary design that was unlike any previous weapon, and went on to influence anti-tank technology and tactics for decades after World War II. Allied troops, notably Soviet forces, made widespread...

                              SA80 Assault Rifles, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN49
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                                ABOUT THIS PRODUCTNow the standard weapon for British soldiers across the globe, the SA80's early years were surrounded in controversy after a series of dismal performances. It was prone to jamming in desert conditions, had several flimsy parts that would often break after repeated use and had an incredibly sensitive magazine catch. When these issues came to light the SA80 was lambasted by the news, leading to the Ministry of Defence ordering an extensive modification programme that...

                                Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN56
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                                  At the outset of the American Civil War, the Union Army's sharpshooters were initially equipped with the M1855 Colt revolving rifle, but it was prone to malfunction. Instead, the North's sharpshooters preferred the Sharps rifle, an innovative breech-loading weapon capable of firing up to ten shots per minute - more than three times the rate of fire offered by the standard-issue Springfield .58-caliber rifled musket. Other Union sharpshooters were equipped with the standard-issue Springfield...

                                  Sniper Rifles: From The 19Th To The 21St Century, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN6
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                                    Author: Martin PeglerIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookA technical outline of the history of the sniper rifle, from its introduction in warfare during the Napoleonic wars, through the US Civil War to its current apogee as the most frequently used combat rifle in Iraq and Afghanistan. This book details the development of ammunition, different weapons types including single shot, magazine loading and semi-automatic, as well as the introduction and use of optical sights. Martin Pegler, a...

                                    Sterling Submachine Gun, Osprey Publishing, Item Number OSPWPN65
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                                      Employing first-hand accounts and painstaking technical analysis, this engaging account features carefully selected archive photography and specially commissioned colour artwork depicting the submachine gun that armed British and other forces for nearly 60 years.

                                      Suomi Submachine Gun, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN54
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                                        Rugged and accurate, the Suomi was a favourite with Finnish ski troops who would strike from ambush, cutting down Soviet troops, then skiing away into the woods. Initially used by the Finns as a light machine gun at infantry squad level, it eventually became a dedicated submachine gun, and since it had been designed to be more accurate than the typical SMG, it was often even used as a sniping weapon, or to supplement longer-ranged rifles such as the Mosin-Nagant. Featuring first-hand accounts...

                                        The AK-47: Kalashnikov-Series Assault Rifles, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN8
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                                          Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrator: Johnny ShumateAbout this bookThe Kalashnikov AK-47 is the most ubiquitous assault rifle in the world, with more AK-47s and its variants in use than any other individual small arm. Created by Senior Sergeant Mikhail Kalashnikov, and first adopted by the USSR soon after World War II, its production continues to this day, with an estimated 75 million produced worldwide. This book takes a look at the complete history of the weapon, discussing its design,...

                                          The Anti-Tank Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN60
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                                            The emergence of the tank in World War I led to the development of the first infantry weapons to defend against tanks. Anti-tank rifles became commonplace in the inter-war years and in the early campaigns of World War II in Poland and the Battle of France, which saw renewed use in the form of the British .55in Boys anti-tank rifle - also used by the US Marine Corps in the Pacific. The French campaign made it clear that the day of the anti-tank rifle was ending due to the increasing thickness...

                                            The Barrett Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN45
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                                              The Barrett Rifle from Osprey Publishing Item Number: OSPWPN45 About The Barrett M82A1 and its derivatives are among the most successful sniping rifles ever manufactured. Now entering its fourth decade of service, the short-recoil, semi-automatic system is capable of firing a devastating .50-caliber round with lethal accuracy over distances of more than 2km. Unconfirmed reports from Afghanistan in 2012 accredit the Barrett with one of history's longest ever kills at 2,815m. This is the...

                                              The Bazooka, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN18
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                                                Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrator: Johnny ShumateAbout this bookMost belligerents entering World War II armed their infantry with bulky and ineffectual anti-tank rifles as their primary means of combating tanks. US planners realized that what infantrymen needed was a relatively lightweight, man-portable anti-tank weapon that was simple to operate, accurate, and capable of knocking out the average tank at a reasonable range, while also being effective against fortified buildings, pillboxes,...

                                                The Broomhandle Mauser, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN58
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                                                  The C 96 was the first semi-automatic pistol to see combat, arming both sides in the Second Anglo-Boer War, and seeing service with the German, Russian, Chinese and other militaries. Widely purchased commercially, it was carried by none other than Winston Churchill in the Sudan and South Africa, became prized by the Irish Republican Army and Soviet revolutionaries, and even armed Han Solo in the ?Star Wars' movies. Featuring full-colour artwork and an array of revealing photographs, this is...

                                                  The Browning Automatic Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN15
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                                                    Author: Robert R. HodgesIllustrator: Johnny ShumateAbout this bookFor nearly fifty years the hard-hitting, mobile Browning Automatic Rifle, or BAR, served in US infantry units as a light squad automatic _base of fire_ weapon, providing quick bursts of concentrated fire. Designed in World War One, it didn_t reach the front until September 1918. In the interwar years US forces used the BAR across the world, from China to Nicaragua. It also became a favorite of notorious gangsters like Clyde...

                                                    The Cavalry Lance, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN59
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                                                      The development of cavalry firearms and the widespread disappearance of armour from the European battlefield saw a decline in the use of the cavalry lance in early modern warfare. However, by 1800 the lance, much changed from its medieval predecessors in both form and function, was back. During the next century the use of the lance spread to the armed forces of almost every Western country, seeing action in every major conflict from the Napoleonic Wars to World War I including the Crimean and...

                                                      The Colt 1911 Pistol, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN9
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                                                        Author: Leroy ThompsonIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookFirst used in combat during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico and then extensively during the world wars, the Colt Government Model (1911) pistol remained the standard issue handgun in the US armed forces for nearly 80 years and has continued in service with some units to this day. In fact, the M1911 has seen a resurgence amongst US Special Operations units as US Marine MARSOC and MEUSOC personnel are issued current generation...

                                                        The Composite Bow, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN43
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                                                          ABOUT THIS PRODUCTAn ancient design, emerging from Central Asia in the second millennium BC, the composite bow was adopted by a staggering variety of cultures, from nomadic tribal peoples such as the Huns, Turks and Mongols, to mighty empires such as the Romans, Byzantines, Persians, Arabs and Chinese. Offering high power and portability, the composite bow was an ideal cavalry weapon, though it was also used by infantry in open battle and as a siege weapon. In this important study, an expert...

                                                          The Crossbow, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN61
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                                                            Technologically sophisticated and powerful, the crossbow has long enjoyed a popular reputation for villainous superiority because it could be used with little training as a weapon of assassination. The study of bow designs, trigger mechanisms and spanning devices reveals a tale of considerable mechanical ingenuity; advances that produced a battlefield weapon requiring comparatively little training to use. It was an extremely useful weapon, and especially effective in siege warfare for both...

                                                            The Flamethrower, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN41
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                                                              ABOUT THIS PRODUCTThe focus of this book is a weapon that has literally placed the power of fire in human hands - the man-portable flamethrower. This formidable weapon first saw battlefield use in the hands of German troops during World War I, and went on to arm the forces of many countries in World War II and beyond. Capable of inflicting horrific injuries - or of using up the oxygen supply inside a building, causing the occupants to suffocate - it projected a stream of flammable liquid,...

                                                              The Flintlock Musket (Brown Bess and Charleville 1715-1865), Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN44
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                                                                The Flintlock Musket (Brown Bess and Charleville 1715-1865) from Osprey Publishing Item Number:OSPWPN44 Author: Stuart Reid Illustrator: Steve Noon, Alan Gilliland Short code: WPN 44 Publication Date: 20 Jan 2016 Number of Pages: 80History:The flintlock or firelock musket is one of the most iconic weapons in history: first used on the battlefields of the Thirty Years' War and the English Civil War, it was carried by both sides at Bunker Hill, Waterloo and the Alamo, and dominated warfare for...

                                                                The FN Minimi Light Machine Gun, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN53
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                                                                  The Minimi offers the ultimate in portable firepower. Firing the high-velocity 5.56?45mm round, the Minimi is a gas-operated, lightweight, belt- or magazine-fed weapon, able to burn through cartridges at a cyclical rate of up to 1,150 rounds per minute, making it the weapon of choice for fire support at squad level. This study uses gripping first-hand accounts and striking combat photographs, following the Minimi to war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. It tracks its design and development,...

                                                                  The Gatling Gun, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN40
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                                                                    A unique chapter in the history of firearms, the multibarrel, hand-cranked Gatling gun was one of the first practical rapid-fire weapons ever to be used in battle. It changed warfare by introducing the capability to project deadly, high-intensity fire on the battlefield, and portended the devastation that automatic weapons would wreak in World War I. During its 50-year career, it saw widespread service with US, British, and other forces on a host of battlefields through conflicts in Zululand...

                                                                    The Gladius, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN51
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                                                                      ABOUT THIS PRODUCTOne of the most feared weapons in the ancient world, the gladius was lethal both on the battlefield and in the arena. Literary sources tell of the terror it inspired, while archaeological evidence of wounds inflicted is testament to its deadly effect. By pulling together strands of literary, sculptural and archaeological evidence renowned expert M.C. Bishop creates a narrative of the gladius' development, exploring the way in which the shape of the short sword changed as...

                                                                      A-3 Skywarrior Units of the Vietnam War, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN38
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                                                                        ABOUT THIS PRODUCTAllowing the user to inflict damage on his opponent within throwing range without leaving cover, the portable, lethally efficient hand grenade is a ubiquitous weapon of modern warfare, and has now found its way into law-enforcement arsenals too. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and an array of revealing photographs of grenades in use and in close-up, this engaging study explores and assesses the origins, development, combat use, and lasting legacy of the...

                                                                        The Lee-Enfield Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN17
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                                                                          Author: Martin PeglerIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookThe Lee-Enfield is one of the 20th century_s most recognisable and longest-serving military rifles. It was adopted by the British Army in 1895 and only replaced by the L1A1 SLR in 1957. It saw combat from the Boer War onwards, and thousands are still in use today; it is estimated that 17 million have been produced. Soldier_s recollections of the rifle are overwhelmingly affectionate (it was known as the Smellie); today it remains a...

                                                                          The Longbow, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN30
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                                                                            ABOUT THIS PRODUCTAn iconic medieval missile weapon, the deadly longbow made possible the English victories at Crecy and Poitiers at the height of the Hundred Years' War. The longbow was the weapon at the heart of the English military ascendancy in the century after 1340. Capable of subjecting the enemy to a hail of deadly projectiles, the longbow in the hands of massed archers made possible the extraordinary victories enjoyed by English forces over superior numbers at Cr_cy and Poitiers, and...

                                                                            The M1 Carbine, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN13
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                                                                              Author: Leroy ThompsonIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookIn 1938 the US Chief of Infantry requested that the Ordnance Department develop a carbine to be used by service and support troops, artillerymen, machine-gun crews, tankers, mortar crews and other troops not needing the power of the M1 Garand rifle. The development of this new weapon was given an added impetus by Germany_s successful use of airborne and glider troops early on in World War II. This caused a fear amongst US officers...

                                                                              The M1 Garand, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN16
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                                                                                Author: Leroy ThompsonIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookThe M1 Garand gave the US infantryman a marked edge during World War II. It shot faster and further than enemy infantry rifles and hit harder. No less an authority on killing the enemy than General George S. Patton called the Garand, _The greatest battle implement ever devised._ At a time when opposing forces were armed with bolt-action rifles, US troops had a highly reliable self-loader. The eight-round clips which were used to...

                                                                                The M14 Battle Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN37
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                                                                                  ABOUT THIS PRODUCTThe M14 may have only been the primary US service rifle for a little over a decade before being replaced by the M16, but it is still considered by many experts to be the best rifle to ever see US service. Primarily designed for a war in Europe, where it would take its place alongside the other battle rifles like the FN FAL, the M14 saw most of its combat use in the early days of the Vietnam War. Maintained until 1970 for compatibility with NATO forces the M14 had a...

                                                                                  The M16, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN14
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                                                                                    Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrators: Alan Gilliland Johnny ShumateAbout this bookThe M16 was first introduced in 1958 and was revolutionary for its time as it was made of lightweight materials including special aluminum and plastics. It was first adopted by US Special Forces and airborne troops in 1962 before it was issued to Army and Marine units serving in Vietnam. Its use spread throughout the following decades and a number of variants including submachine and carbine versions were also...

                                                                                    The M1903 Springfield Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN23
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                                                                                      About this bookDeveloped to replace the Model 1892 Krag-Jorgensen rifle, the Model 1903 Springfield was a five-shot bolt-action rifle that introduced the .30-06 cartridge - the standard US round until the introduction of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge - and gave the US infantryman a durable, magazine-fed weapon so renowned for its accuracy that it remained in service as a sniping rifle for decades after it was superseded by the M1 Garand in 1937. Extensively used in World War I, the M1903...

                                                                                      The M3 "Grease Gun", Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN46
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                                                                                        Influenced by the German MP 40 and the British Sten, the .45-caliber M3 "Grease Gun??_??__??_??___??_??__??_??____ served as the primary US submachine gun for almost a half-century. Designed to replace the expensive Thompson SMG, the M3 was issued to airborne troops and others during World War II thanks to its compact design with sliding wire stock. An improved variant, the M3A1, was favored by armored crews right up to the beginning of the 1990s, seeing service in 1991's Operation Desert...

                                                                                        The Mosin-Nagant Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN50
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                                                                                          The Mosin-Nagant is the world's longest-surviving and most widely distributed military rifle, having armed the forces of Russia and many other countries for over a century. It has seen action from World War I to the present day, but is most famous for its role during World War II where it proved to be an excellent sniping weapon in the hands of marksmen such as Vasili Zaitsev and Simo H??_??__yh??_??__. This study covers the rifles entire combat history, from its early development through to...

                                                                                          The Mp5 Submachine Gun, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN35
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                                                                                            ABOUT THIS PRODUCTSince the mid-1960s the Heckler & Koch MP5 has become the most widely used submachine gun in the world, especially among counterterrorist and special-operations units. Lightweight and offering a blistering rate of fire of up to 900 rounds per minute, the MP5 quickly earned a reputation for accuracy. Fielded early by West Germany's GSG 9 counterterrorist unit it was soon adopted by the SAS. Today military and police agencies in over 80 countries from Albania to Zambia utilize...

                                                                                            The Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN10
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                                                                                              Author: Peter SmithurstIllustrator: Peter DennisAbout this bookThe Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle was the first rifled firearm issued to every soldier in the British Army, and gave the infantry a revolutionary increase in firepower. First issued in 1853, the Enfield proved itself worthy during both the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, where its long range, durability, and interchangeable parts made it a perfect campaign rifle. However, it was during the American Civil War that the Enfield saw...

                                                                                              The Pilum, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN55
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                                                                                                A heavy javelin, normally used as a shock weapon immediately before contact, the?pilum?was designed with a particular speciality: it could penetrate a shield and carry on into the individual behind it. Relying on mass rather than velocity, at short range a volley of?pila?had much the same effect on a charging enemy as musketry would in later periods. The design was not uniform, with a wide diversity of types throughout the developmental history of the weapon, but for more than four centuries...

                                                                                                The Rocket Propelled Grenade, Osprey Publishing Item Number OSPWPN2
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                                                                                                  Author: Gordon L RottmanIllustrators: Tony Bryan Ramiro BujeiroAbout this bookThe RPG-series of weapons is the most widely used family of lightweight antitank weapons in the world today. RPGs have been used not only against their intended targets, but against personnel, fortifications, buildings, soft-skin vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft. Lightweight, relatively compact, easy to operate and maintain, they meet most of the requirements of any armed group. Like any weapon system, RPGs and...