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Machine Gun: The Development of the Machine Gun from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day Hardcover – November 15, 2008

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About the Author

Maxim Popenker was born in Leningrad, graduated from St Petersburg State Technical University and is a lieutenant [reserve] in the Russian Armed Forces. He is an established author of books and magazines and online articles on the subject of firearms. He is the owner and author of a leading Internet resource on small arms, the 'Modern Firearms and Ammunition' website at www.worldguns.ru. Maxim has a long-term interest in the history and technical aspects of firearms, especially those of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Anthony G Williams has a particular interest in the history and development of machine guns, and their ammunition. He is the author Rapid Fire, Assault Rifle [with Maxim Popenker] and the Flying Guns trilogy [with Dr Emmanuel Gustin], which describes the development of aircraft guns, ammunition and installations from 1914 to the present day. He maintains a website at www.quarry.nildram.co.uk
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press UK (November 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847970303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847970305
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maxim's two earlier books on Assault Rifles and Combat Pistols were absolutely great - chapters included a historical overview , design and working mechanisms ,discussion on ammunition types and a look ahead to the future apart from the main subject weapons described in adequate detail.

The Key point is both the books were focused on the post 1945 era and hence treatment of all the important weapons was adequate.

With this work on machine guns - while it follows the same trend and also for the first time has pictures in colour - Maxim has decided to cover from the 19th century itself- which means many modern weapons in the post 1945 like the INSAS 5.45 etc get inadequate coverage and are limited to a one line entry which is my biggest grouse.

The technical section on development , ammunition and design however is excellent .

The countries are covered in alphabetical section as are the weapons w/o mentioning the year of manufacture - chronological order would have made it orderly as one struggles through the pages.

Maxim would have done well to have published the same in 2 parts - pre 1945 and post.Nevertheless its a good addition to the library - however its disappointing to see Crowood almost double the price in the third book of the series.
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By RT on January 23, 2012
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After reading "Assault Rifles" I felt I had to give this book a chance. One of the best weapons book I have ever owned, Very detail and to the point. The autor kept all the info in plain language, simple and to the point. Would recommend.
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Up to the same standard as the authors other work. Very detailed with plenty of technical and historical information. Glad I bought it
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