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Modern Combat Pistols: The Development of Semi-automatic Pistols for Military and Police Service Since 1945 Hardcover – May 1, 2007

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About the Author

Maxim Popenker is a lieutenant [reserve] in the Russian armed forces. He is the creator and webmaster of the leading internet small arms resource, the 'Modern Firearms' website at www.worldguns.ru. Maxim is co-author of Assault Rifle with Anthony Williams.

 

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crowood; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861268947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861268945
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joe D on May 30, 2007
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Finally, an excellent reference book with original work, lots of identifying photos and an absence of reproduced catalogue pages. The book's content is consistent with the title and it is written and organized in a manner appropriate for a historical piece.

The author opens by defining frequently used terms, the book's structure and providing an overview; pistol versus revolver, military versus police applications, defense versus offensive weapons. This is followed by a synopsis of the development of pistols pre 1945, followed by an overview of pistol development trends post 1945. Good solid substantiated information, well illustrated and easy to follow. Pages 40 through 257, the section that follows, contains a country by country origin of each handgun; 26 countries are represented.

Country of origin coverage is not skimpy. As an example, over 50 pistols are represented in the U.S.A. section including specs, operation and field stripping information and photographs. Each company is covered in brief manufacturing and political framework, the government contracts that drove the innovation and products and a references to application. Special operations, standard military, federal agency and civilian law enforcement are referenced in context. The author did a great job of making the information interesting and logical in presentation.

There are six appendices in the book covering semi auto pistol design, the basics of sound moderators, modern pistol ammunition, conversion between metric and imperial systems, stopping power and sources.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Tavernier on August 27, 2007
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This book is one of the best in its kind with clear comments about the history of combat handguns of all major gun manufacturers / countries and it covers several types of rare guns far better than Jane's does. Lots of pictures and data covering lots of guns. I would recommend this book to every 'modern handguns aficionado' !
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By Le Bob on February 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is very detailed and has a lot of pictures(If you like pictures) accompanied by lots of text(if you don't like pictures), Maxim knows his stuff and due to his service in the Russian military has a lot of insight in the eastern weapons that many western authors do not, I did not know how out-of-date both Europe's and the U.S. military small arms actually are until I read this book and his book about assault rifles.
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