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  • The M14 Battle Rifleby Leroy Thompson; Johnny Shumate

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    Featuring specially commissioned full-color artwork and archive and close-up photographs, this engaging study tells the story of the M14, the long-lived battle rifle that remains in front-line service with US forces more than 50 years after its first adoption. The 7.6251mm M14 select-fire automatic rifle was the primary US service rifle for only... more...

  • The Sten Gunby Leroy Thompson

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    The Sten submachine gun - officially the 'Carbine, Machine, Sten' - was developed to fulfil the pressing British need for large quantities of cheaply produced weapons after Dunkirk, when German invasion was a very real possibility. Over four million were built during World War II, and the Sten was widely used by airborne troops, tankers, and others... more...

  • The Counter Terrorist Manualby Leroy Thompson

    Frontline Books 2009; US$ 8.99

    In the past thirty-five years, counter-terrorist units have been deployed to deal with airplane, ship, train, and bus hijackings. They have rescued hostages in various types of buildings and have dealt with barricaded bank robbers, prison rioters, and assorted dangerous criminals. Thousands have been rescued and millions have been safer because terrorists... more...

  • The MP5 Submachine Gunby Leroy Thompson

    Osprey Publishing 2014; US$ 15.95

    Since the mid-1960s the Heckler & Koch MP5 has become the most widely used submachine gun in the world, especially among counterterrorist and special-operations units. Lightweight and offering a blistering rate of fire of 900 rounds per minute in some versions, the MP5 quickly earned a reputation for accuracy due to its fixed yet free-floating hammer-forged... more...

  • The World’s First SWAT Teamby Leroy Thompson

    Frontline Books 2012; US$ 12.99

    In turbulent Shanghai in the years between the World Wars, the International Settlement was a mercantile powerhouse that faced unrest from Communist labor unions, criminal gangs, spies, political agitators, armed kidnappers and assassins. Adjoining the Settlement were the French Concession and the Chinese city, both hotbeds of intrigue and crime themselves.... more...

  • Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Daggerby Leroy Thompson; Howard Gerrard

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    The Fairbairn-Sykes Commando dagger has become iconic as the most widely recognized fighting knife in the world. The origins of the dagger can be traced to Shanghai in the 1930s where W. E. Fairbairn and US Marine officers including Sam Yeaton carried out experiments in developing what they considered the perfect knife for close combat. When Fairbairn... more...

  • The Colt 1911 Pistolby Leroy Thompson; Peter Dennis

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    First used in combat during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico and then extensively during both World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945), the Colt Government Model (1911) pistol remained the standard issue handgun in the US armed forces for nearly 80 years and has continued in service with some units to this day. In fact, the M1911 has... more...

  • The Beretta M9 Pistolby Leroy Thompson; Johnny Shumate

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    In 1990 the Beretta M9 replaced the venerable Colt 1911 as the main pistol of choice for the US Army. At the time the decision was controversial particularly because it was perceived that a smaller caliber weapon such as the Beretta would lack the necessary stopping power and range in comparison to the .45 caliber Colt. The situation was not helped... more...

  • The M1 Carbineby Leroy Thompson; Peter Dennis

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 15.95

    The M1 Carbine was produced in more numbers than any other US small arm in World War II (1939-1945). In 1938 the US Chief of Infantry requested that the Ordnance Department develop a carbine or light rifle to be used by service and support troops, artillerymen, machinegun crews, tankers, mortar crews and other troops not needing the power of the M1... more...

  • The M1 Garandby Leroy Thompson; Peter Dennis

    Osprey Publishing 2012; US$ 15.95

    The M1 Garand gave US infantrymen a marked edge during World War II. It shot faster and further than enemy infantry rifles and hit harder. No less an authority on killing the enemy than General George S. Patton called the Garand, "The greatest battle implement ever devised." At a time when opposing forces were armed with bolt action rifles, US troops... more...