- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (October 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1592236294
- ISBN-13: 978-1592236299
- Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.2 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Encyclopedia of Weapons: From World War II to the Present Day Hardcover – October 9, 2006
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The pictures of the weapons are in color. Black and white pictures of the weapon in action accompany many of the articles. There are color drawings illustrating usage of some weapons. In a few important cases, there are detailed drawings showing parts. The book is intelligently organized with a good layout.
This is truly an encyclopedic work. It covers all of the models of each weapon, noting important differences. Origins of designs are given. Key specifications, such as caliber, weight, and rate of fire, are listed. Multiple country usage is indicated along with current usage, where relevant. Pros and cons of a weapon are often given, including production changes that either improved or degraded the weapon.
If you like military history or weaponry, you will find this an enjoyable book to read and a useful reference.
As another reviewer points out, some of the photographs are misplaced or poorly captioned. An example of this is the section on the Barrett Light 50 sniper rifle; the photograph shown is of a different sniper rifle entirely. Surely, there must be photos of the two Barrett sniper rifles out there, considering their popularity with the U.S. Special Forces amd the U.S. Marine Corp in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Finally, one sentence in the book seemed to sum up the shoddy editing. In a discription of the FN 2000 modular assualt rifle, they discuss how the rifle comes with a 1.6 power scope, "large enough to help you aim, but not so large that you need both eyes shut to aim." BOTH EYES SHUT? You'd miss for sure, and so did this book. Buy it only because of the large number of weapons that it covers (from handguns to light artillery) but watch out for its accuracy.
But this book is not a complete one, especially on small arms informations. Informations about small arms inside this book really need to be added and be more detailed, because it's just too small and incomplete to become an encyclopedia. At least that's what I think.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good book as far as photos and artwork, information is fairly good, but I was expecting(possibly unrealistically) that it would be more infantry bases systems.Published on January 1, 2014 by Rick Biesik
Very comprehensive. It includes most NATO and WarPact smallarms, but fails to mention anything about the M240 general purpose machinegun. Read morePublished on June 9, 2008 by Nicholas L. Trueblood