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Osprey Weapon Series
horough in its depth as well as its breadth, Osprey Publishing’s “weapon series” of softcover books offer the historical firearms enthusiast a handy and informative collection of tomes for his or her reference library. The 80-page books are penned by respected authors in their fields who bring a great deal of knowledge and expertise to their respective subjects. Made up of thirty books, the series covers weapons as accessible as the M1 Garand to ones as old and arcane (yet fascinating) as the longbow.
Individual books are packed with not only impressive infor­mation, but also instructive pictures and illustrations. Each author also makes an effort to balance the works to present not only the background and technical aspects of their selected weapon, but also to describe the long-term influence of each system.

The .45-70 Springfield
Penned by Joe Poyer and Craig Riesch, this 5th revised and expanded edition of The .45-70 Springfield thoroughly considers this historic U.S. longarm. In particular, the newest edition features three new informative chapters covering the Officer’s Model Rifle, .45 Caliber; the Model 1886 “Experimental” Carbine; and the Model 1906 Fencing Musket.

Sharpshooting in the Civil War
Covering a previously overlooked but nonetheless fascinating element of Civil War weaponcraft, sniping and shooting authority Major John L. Plaster’s Sharpshooting in the Civil War delves deeply into the subject. The softcover book features 157 pages packed with information, beautiful illustrations, historical images and detailed photography.

Hitler’s Garands
Although the bolt-action K98k may have been the most commonly seen German longarm of World War II, the Third Reich also made substantial efforts to field semi-automatic rifles that could go head-to-head with competitive weapon systems such as the U.S. M1 Garand and the Soviet SVT40. For those looking to learn more about these efforts, one need look no further than Hitler’s Garands: German Self-Loading Rifles of World War II by W. Darrin Weaver. This hardcover tome, spanning nearly 400 pages and including 590 illustrations, covers the convoluted but fascinating history of the Wermacht’s efforts to develop and field practical self-loading rifles. Covering their first initial steps with the Mauser G41(M) and the Walther G41(W), all the way to the development of the highly capable Walther G43 (including sniper variations and accessories), the book provides collectors and enthusiasts with an outstanding reference book for these valuable collector rifles.

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