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Green Eyes & Black Rifles: Warrior's Guide to the Combat Carbine Paperback – January 17, 2008
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I ordered a copy of Kyle Lamb's new book: Green Eyes and Black Rifles last week. It showed up on my doorstep just in time for me to use it as my go to bed book.... Even after several hours of driving and two glasses of wine, I nearly read the whole book before drifting off. It was that engaging. This book is the most well put together data dump of current black rifle tactical shooting skills I have ever seen. I am highly impressed. Kyle Lamb, of Viking Tactics, has all of the credentials needed to write such an authoritative guide. What impresses me more is the acknowledgement he gives throughout the book to his former teammates for assisting him in laying it down on paper. I consider this a must have book for those who aspire to shoot black rifles tactically. My circle will be complete if another book on tactical pistol shooting happens to spring from Kyle and his buddies' minds into bound paper. Don't let the price (around $40.00 with shipping) frighten you off. YOU WANT THIS BOOK IN YOUR REFERENCE LIBRARY! --Frogman
About the Author
Retired SGM Kyle E. Lamb, President of Viking Tactics, Inc., spent 21 years of service in the United States Army, the vast majority spent in leadership positions in the Special Operations Community. Kyle is a recognized industry leader in innovative tactical marksmanship shooting techniques as well as the key designer for several combat proven tactical products. Drawing on combat experience from Mogadishu, Somalia to Mosul, Iraq, Retired SGM Kyle E. Lamb passes on lessons learned to fellow Warriors.
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Thanks to all of you sheep dogs who hang it out there every day to serve, protect and defend the sheep.
Some have mentioned the lack of information where the AR15/M16 is concerned.
They're right, too.
On the first aspect, the author's a Soldier, not an English teacher. Something happened to his editor and his daughter had to take over the editing. Maybe he can get these grammar issues fixed for the next edition - maybe not. As it is, there is no confusion whatsoever about what Mr. Lamb is saying, so for me, the grammar isn't an issue.
On the second, there are many books out there that cover this weapon's history in detail. Doing so in this book wasn't necessary, and had Mr. Lamb attempted to do so in this book, it would have detracted from his work.
What Mr. Lamb DOES do, is share tips and techniques that he's learned over the years, and he does it well. He leads you through equipment selection, layout, and usage. He covers practically every malfunction that a carbine is likely to suffer, and he shows you simple and fast ways to clear them. He lists drills that you can do to improve your efficiency. One of the best tips he gives is how to do a proper 'press check' in the carbine.
Earlier reviewers have commented that Mr. Lamb does not write with a 'my way or the highway' attitude, and that his book is pure 'meat and potatoes' information. Those guys are 100% spot-on. No fluff, no filler, just what you need.
This isn't exactly an entry-level book. As he mentions up front, he assumes that the reader already is already familiar with the care and feeding of the AR15/M16. However, if you're just getting into the world of the carbine, he does give some good pointers on features and accessories that you may/may not want in your own weapon, so this book is still a good purchase for you.
I've dealt with ARs for over 20 years, taken classes, etc. and I can tell you that this book is one of the most solid purchases that I've made book-wise.
Bottom line: If you want to further your education in combat weaponcraft, buy this book.
There is alot of information packed in here, and it is full of illustrations showing procedures to perform and I especially liked those for all the various shooting positions. Those illustrations alone are worth a thousand words. I have also corrected a couple of poor shooting practices I wasn't even aware of until reading this.
After this author teaches you the merits of the 5.56 he helps you pick out and set up what you need for what you want to do. He tells you about options for the weapon, zeroing, recognizing and clearing weapon jams and throws in ballistics and ammo selection. What I like is that he also always tells you what he prefers and why.
When you get to sections on cleaning and disassembly, again it is filled with illustrations.
I would highly recommend this author.
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If you know the basics of marksmanship this book has little new to teach you