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Posted: 9/13/2004 10:57:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2004 4:58:01 PM EDT by BeetleBailey]
The hospital across the road from where I work has a monthly used book sale that benefits the patients, hardbacks $1, magazines $0.25, etc. I typically try to go with my coworker every time but I couldn't today.

Anyhow, he brings me back this old ass book that he found, "Small Arms of the World", about 800 pages, printed in 1969, with excrusiating detail of every country's small arms development. Anyone ever heard of it?

This thing has detailed schematics and break down of Garands, M16's, and so on that I have never seen before. When I get home I'm going to have to scan some of the pages to show you guys (and gals).
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 10:58:52 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 11:07:26 AM EDT
Excellent book. Your copy may be dated, but still is an outstanding source of information.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 11:17:18 AM EDT

After flipping through it some more, this book has some of the weirdest Colt AR-15/M16 pictures of configurations that I have ever seen. There's a pic of an M16A1 with a lower receiver that says "Colt Armalite AR15 CAL.223 Model 01" - safe, semi, auto.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 11:18:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:
Anyone ever heard of it?

Yep, I have that copy (9th edition-1969) plus the 11th ed. 1977 and, 12th revised ed. 1983.

They're a great source of reference, second only to 'Janes'.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 11:33:08 AM EDT
I have an edition from the same era, it's a great reference work.....and the guns don't change, so it is accurate up to that point.

IO'm waiting for the new one, the newest one I have is about ten years old...
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 11:55:11 AM EDT

Plateshooter gave me one. It is a little newer Janes version, IIRC
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 12:00:19 PM EDT
Wow, I'm surprised -- you mean there are people that DON'T have a copy of Small Arms?

Seriously, I've had my copy for years. It's a fascinating book, with interesting details on the development of the weapons.

Link Posted: 9/13/2004 4:57:34 PM EDT

Ok, without further adeu - here are the weirdos I spoke of:

Link Posted: 9/13/2004 4:58:29 PM EDT
go figure.
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