WAR BABY III - The US Carbine Into the 21st Century
by Larry L Ruth
Deluxe First Edition, 2013
952 pages, 1,328 illustrations
The U.S. Carbine – the most popular military small arm in U.S. history – has been the subject of a number of books, the most important of which are the perennially popular Collector Grade titles WAR BABY! (first published in 1992) and WAR BABY Comes Home (first published in 1993). Both have been reprinted numerous times, and both remain available.
The author himself explains the rationale for this new third volume as follows:
Over the past twenty years, since the publication of the two original volumes, I have continued to research the carbine program, collecting data and lore, while promising myself, my family and fellow collectors that a third volume, containing the results of these endeavors, would be forthcoming.
Along with hundreds of crisp, clear color images, WAR BABY III contains twenty years’ worth of new information on the six million-plus military carbines manufactured during World War II, and the over one million commercial carbines made or assembled since 1960. A comprehensive Index of all three volumes appears at the end of this book.
WAR BABY! The US Caliber .30 Carbine
by Larry L Ruth
Deluxe First Edition, 1992
512 pages, 398 illustrations
A year-long contest amongst America's military and civilian gun designers led to the adoption of a last-minute Winchester entry as "US Carbine, Caliber .30, M1" in October, 1941. From the first trickle of 'Inlands' in June,1942 through to a combined production peak of over 500,000 units per month in December,1943, over six million carbines were manufactured by a total of ten prime contractors, until program termination in 1945.
WAR BABY! is an in-depth account of the carbine's production history, component variations, production methods, subcontractors, and markings. Perhaps most importantly, the INTEGRATION of components among the prime contractors, a process often resorted to during wartime to keep production moving, is addressed in detail; so don't trade off that "incorrect" carbine until you read what Larry Ruth has to say in this book!
War Baby Comes Home: the US Caliber .30 Carbine, Volume Two
by Larry L Ruth
Deluxe First Edition, 1993
386 pages,414 illustrations
The most popular US military small arm in history. Contents include the Carbine in War and Peace, 1942 - 1992; US battle honors in WWII and Korea; other military users of the US carbine; the carbine "for friend and foe alike" in Vietnam. Postwar military parts manufacture; alternate methods of production; the return of surplus military M1s from afar; US military accessories, ancillaries and ammunition since 1940; other military and sporting arms in .30 carbine caliber. Plus, the first official guide to "Neverneverland", where carbines in various models and calibers never dreamed of by the military are outdone only by the bewildering array of aftermarket accessories, some of which can still give pause even to the experts. Provides positive identification as genuine US military, offshore military, or aftermarket commercial.
Honour Bound - The Chauchat Machine Rifle
by Gerard Demaison and Yves Buffetaut
Deluxe First Edition,1995
227 pages, 244 illustrations
Much maligned today, the CSRG (Chauchat) machine rifle was in fact the most manufactured automatic weapon of WWI, outnumbering every other machinegun made, by the Allies and the Central Powers. It was the world's first successful squad automatic-the ancestor of the modern assault rifle. In the Chauchat one can recognise for the first time together all the classic attributes: the pistol grip, the in-line stock, the large capacity magazine, the fire selector, and the bipod. French and AEF CSRG Gunners formed the nucleus of the world's first Infantry machinegun-killer teams during World War I, using the CSRG to such telling effect that many were awarded the highest decorations their countries could bestow. A well-reasoned, historical classic.
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