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Book Review: Cold War Pistols of Czechoslovakia
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Published on Aug 12, 2018
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Recently, we have been looking at a selection of books on Cold War eastern bloc pistols - and James D. Brown's "Cold War Pistols of Czechoslovakia" is the best of them. While its scope is specifically on Czechoslovakian pistols, it provides a wealthy of information for the collector, histories, and shooter alike.

The book is 150 pages long, and its major chapters cover the Duo, "Z", and vz.45, CZ 50/70, CZ 52, VZ 75/85, and CZ 82/83. Each includes detailed developmental history, production timelines complete with annual serial number tables (this is particularly interesting and important with the vz.52), disassembly and mechanical information, content on use by the Czech government or military, different patterns of holsters and magazines, and more. Mr. Brown also co-authored the excellent "Japanese Military Cartridge Handguns 1893-1945", and this solo work of his follows the same organizational layout and editorial feel. If I were to criticize anything, it would be that the layout could use more and better photographs, and perhaps the text could be broken up a bit for easier readability (particularly in the disassembly instructions). These are minor critiques, however.

While the book only covers a relatively small number of models, those models include some of the most mechanically unique (vz.52) and technically outstanding (CZ75, CZ82/83) handguns to come out of the eastern bloc. All of the guns detailed herein are quite readily available on the US collector's market, and make the basis for an interesting collection for those wishing to find a specialty. If Mr. Brown decides to write a third book on another firearm subject, I will purchase a copy without reservation!

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#42
Book Review - Precision Long Range Shooting and Hunting by TMI ~ Rex Reviews
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Published on Aug 20, 2018
This is a comprehensive book and multimedia online course focused on helping you become a proficient long range hunter and or target shooter. You will learn an introduction to long range shooting, choosing a caliber and ammunition, choosing a precision rifle, choosing glass, essential tools and accessories, cleaning and maintenance, ballistics and DOPE, etc... www.teachmeinteractive.com is a great resource for all sorts of topics. Check them out if you want to learn about the basics of long-range shooting.
 

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Chocolate Soldiers
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Published on Sep 1, 2018
Chocolate Soldiers C.T. Studd was a famous athlete in Britain during the 19th century. Studd, along with other famous athletes comprising the famous 'Cambridge 7' answered a call to foreign missions which would take him to Asia, Africa, and China for the rest of his life. He is well known for being a very masculine and bold man of daring faith.

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#44
Announcing my Upcoming Book - and Art Contest!
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Published on Sep 8, 2018
http://www.FrenchRifleBook.com

I have mentioned this before, but this is the first time I have formally announced it - I am writing a reference book on French military rifles, to be titled "Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles 1866-2016". The manuscript is nearly complete, and photography is being done next week. We have created a web site for book news and updates - FrenchRifleBook.com.

In addition, between now and October 15th we are running a contest to design the cover art for the book. I am looking for a faux leather, antiquarian sort of theme - there are several example images on the site. If you are an amateur artist who would like to contribute a part of this project, you can find an entry submission for on the web site - and the winner will receiver a Premium copy of the book with some cool extra goodies. Two other entries will also receive signed copies of the book, one for the winner of a popular choice vote, and one for a runner-up chosen by myself and James Rupley (my photographer).

The site also includes a signup for email notifications about the book, including pre-orders, when they are started later on (once the book is closer to publication). So, check it out!
 

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Book Review: Collector's Guide to the Savage 99 Rifle
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Published on Sep 16, 2018
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Savage is an often under appreciated gun company, and the Savage Model 99 a rifle often not given the credit it is due. How many other firearms can claim to have been in active production by their original company for 103 years, with more than a million examples made? Well, for those who are interested in collecting the Model 99 (or its earlier iterations, the Model 1895 and Model 1899), David Royal's "Collector's Guide to the Savage 99 Rifle" is the sole and definitive source of information. He carefully catalogs all of Savage's model designations, factory options, production dates, serial numbers, and other such details. It is not a book with a lot of outside context, and thus not much of a general-interest read - but for the serious Savage enthusiast it is indispensable.

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#46
Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 // Blackout • Zombies • First Reaction | RATED
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Published on Oct 12, 2018
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Book Review: Desert Sniper, by Ed Nash
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Published on Oct 30, 2018
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"Desert Sniper" is an autobiographical account of Ed Nash's time fighting as a volunteer with Kurdish forces against ISIS in Syria in 2015 and 2016. Nash had been working as a volunteer with the Free Burma Rangers when he decided in 2015 that the growing list of ISIS atrocities demanded action. With his background in journalism and experience as a liaison for the FBR, he thought he could do some good helping to fight one of the most starkly evil groups the 21st century has yet seen. So, he boarded a plane to the middle east.

Kurdish organization being somewhat subpar, his skills as a journalist were not exploited, and instead he went to a sniper tabor (fighting unit) with a Dragunov, which would be his primary weapon for the rest of his time in country. His book describes the experience from start to finish, including insight into Kurdish culture and politics, training, tactics, and more. He worked with both Kurdish men and women (a substantial fraction of the Kurdish fighters and commanders were female) and with other foreign volunteers like himself and various Special Forces teams from coalition nations like France, the UK, and the US.

There are several things that I particularly appreciate about Nash's work. First is its honesty and lack of either bravado or squeamishness. Today's popular sensibilities insist that doing violence must inevitably damage a person psychologically, but this is not true. When one believes in the rightness of one's actions, one can survive combat without becoming a psychological victim of it. There are certainly physiological exceptions like the prolonged shelling experienced by many in WW1 and the brain injuries caused by pressure waves associated with bomb blasts, but if we are to believe Nash (and I do), one can engage in lethal violence for a just cause and sleep well at night afterward.

On a more technical side, Nash's journalism experience shows in his writing. The book is engaging and informative, and never left me bored. He gives the reader a feel for the wide variety of situations that he found himself in and the many people we developed relationships with during his time.

Finally, Nash has a good familiarity with firearms, and writings clearly and rationally about them. The guns themselves are not the focus of the book, but when they are relevant they are explained in a way that gun nerds will appreciate. As a sniper, Nash used a Dragunov primarily, but also carried an AK as a secondary rifle. He also had experience with the Zagros and Ser heavy rifles, and cogently explains their use. His descriptions of the range limitations of his SVD will certainly spark interest in readers who are shooters. In fact, Nash provided me with the photo and video material for a video about these Kurdish arms a while back, although I did not identify him by name at that time.

Anyway, this is an inexpensive book and I found it to be an excellent read. Men and women who volunteer to fight like Nash did ought to have their stories more widely known, and recognized for seeing a bad situation and doing something extremely concrete about it, despite often facing daunting legal situations upon their return home as a result.

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#48
Military Gamer Reviews: Red Dead Redemption 2 | RATED
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Published on Nov 3, 2018
It is an epic prequel to Red Dead Redemption and Rockstar Games have remained true to the original. But how did it score with our military gamer?

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Book Review: Vickers Guide, Kalashnikov Volume 1
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Published on Dec 2, 2018
Available direct: https://www.vickersguide.com/books

I am proud to announce the newest book in the Vickers Guide series: Kalashnikov (Volume 1)! Cowritten by Larry Vickers, Rob Stott, and myself, this is a beautiful exhibition of 7.62x39mm AK rifles (smallbore AKs and other types will be covered by future volumes). If you have seen any of the previous Vickers Guide books, you know what you have to look forward to in this one - if not, prepare for the most gorgeous firearms photography you'll see in any print book.

This is intended as a coffee table display type book, but also includes a remarkable amount of relevant information about AK development and production. The first chapter on Russian guns starts with the prototype actual "AK47", goes through the patterns of milled AKs to the stamped AKM, and on to the modern AK203 and AK15. The book then progresses to 7.62x39mm variants made by Albania, Bulgaria, China, East Germany, Egypt, Hungary, Iraq, North Korea, the Khyber Pass, Poland, Romania, Vietnam, and Yugoslavia. These include not just standard rifles, but also short barreled and LMG variations, plus grenade launchers and more. I am quite proud to have been a part of the team that created this volume!

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Book Review - Smith & Wesson Model 76 SMG by Frank Iannamico
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Published on Dec 16, 2018
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Frank Iannamico's new book on the Smith & Wesson Model 76 submachine gun is in fact a book about much more than just the Model 76. It begins with several sections on earlier S&W 9mm carbines, like the 1940 "Light Rifle" and 1945 SMG. These sections taken alone are the most informative material on these guns published anywhere, to the best of my knowledge. The book then continues to discuss the history, development, and variations of the Swedish M45/B submachine gun, aka the Swedish K (including the Egyptian licensed copy, the Port Said).

Only at this point does the book move to the S&W 76 itself. The gun's development and history are covered, including a look at a variety of experimental variations that were considered during the toolroom prototyping of the design. It's production, marketing, and accessories are discussed (especially suppressors), including a section on an experimental project using the 76 as the basis for an electronically fired caseless ammunition project (neat!).

This is followed by sections on the semiauto and fully automatic copies and clones of the gun which appeared throughout the 1980s and 1990s. As the S&W itself was only in production from 1968 until 1974, there was a lot of time and opportunity for aftermarket companies to make their own versions.

Overall, the book as a very nice reference guide for anyone who owns a true S&W 76 or one of its copies. The information on the other S&W predecessors and the Egyptians and Swedish guns is equally valuable in my opinion, as solid information on these guns is difficult to find elsewhere. I do wish that there was a bit more tabulated data - for example information on specific production numbers and timetables. Still, anyone who owns one of the guns or is interested in them) will find this book worth the cost of a couple stick magazines, which is a good way to consider it.

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