An authoritative history of gun manufacture and a directory of the world's most famous and important guns, from medieval times to the present day A comprehensive illustrated encyclopedia of 500 arms from the different countries of the world, organized according to country of manufacture and featuring key specifications for each gun including caliber, magazine capacity, barrel length and unloaded weight Over 600 specially commissioned colour photographs and artworks, including cutaway diagrams to show internal components and gun operation Expertly written by leading professionals in their field, spanning two continents . This definitive encyclopedia of small arms is both an authoritative reference work and a visual directory. The introductory chronological survey of arms development looks at the origins of firearms, beginning with gunpowder and developing through handguns, matchlocks, wheelocks and flintlocks. The main part of the book is made up of the directory a comprehensive and fascinating visual reference published both for the expert and for the general reader. Grouped according to country of origin, the entries focus on the features of each gun and the context in which the gun was developed. Special information boxes accompany each entry with specifications such as caliber, magazine capacity, barrel length and unloaded weight. Written by leading experts in the field, this superbly illustrated encyclopedia will be essential reading for anyone interested in gun manufacture and the development of weapons technology. The World Encyclopedia of Pistols, Revolvers and Submachine Guns An illustrated historical reference to over 500 military, law enforcement and antique firearms from around the world Anthony North, Charles Stronge and William Fowler CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM
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About the Authors Anthony North has worked for many years at the Victoria & Albert Museum, giving him a wide knowledge of public and private collections of firearms and has unique access to many historic and lavishly decorated weapons. Charles Stronge has worked for several years in leading London publishers, primarily in the fields of politics, international affairs and military history. William Fowler is the author of over 30 books covering military technology and conflicts from the 19th century to the Second Gulf War.