This 1st edition 1st printing 2 Volume set is complete with original dust jackets and errata sheets. The condition is excellent, with minor yellow spotting or foxing from age at closed outer page edges & yellowing inside the board covers in patterns made by contact with the dust jacket. Other than minor shelf wear on the DJs the books are in like new condition with clear white interior pages, no marks or damage and lots of 'spring' in the bindings. Both jackets have minor shelf wear and one jacket has tiny 1/8 inch tears at the top of the spine.
These vintage volumes cover the history, development, and progression of all significant modern military small arms, from early 19th century prototypes to advanced arms through 1960. Filled with over 800 illustrations and photos, and inclusive of specs, mods, and field usage for every unit described. Archival materials include combat photos, schematics, and historical anecdotes, giving the reader more than a dry clinical presentation of the material. More than a manual, this book tells the story of how technology has changed our world through the use of armaments, often in surprising or unexpected ways. These volumes are a must have for the militaria enthusiast or gunsmith.
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