From stone axes to heavy machine-guns, swords to sniper rifles, discover the innovative design, range, lethal function and brutal history of arms and armor, and meet the warriors who wielded them.
Weapon includes all the important arms from the ages, covering edged weapons, clubs, projectiles and firearms from ancient Egyptian axes, through bows and spears of traditional societies in Africa, Oceania and the Americas, to the machine-guns and missiles of modern infantry forces. Key weapons from every era are presented in sharp detail and the mechanisms that operate them are displayed and explained.
Top fighting forces, from the Greek hoplite to the Navy Seal are profiled, and the weapons they have wielded and the tactics and fighting methods they've used are revealed.
From the moment they made their first appearance on 14th century European battlefields, guns have shaped the course of human history. This indispensable guide profiles more than 300 of the most important firearms of all time.
From muskets, rifles, pistols, and revolvers, to machine guns, shotguns, grenade launchers, and sniper rifles, Gun is at once a comprehensive catalog and an informative encyclopedia. Inside, you'll find famous firearms (special profiles of landmark weapons, including Brown Bess, Glock 17, Colt .45, AK-47, and many more); Gunslingers, outlaws, lawmen, and soldiers (from Dirty Harry and James Bond to Annie Oakley and Dick Turpin); and Legendary manufacturers (including Colt, Winchester, and Beretta).
Yet, there has never been a comprehensive volume on the subject of the sword until the publication of this encyclopedia. For the first time, in a single volume one can locate information on the history of sword types and styles around the world; techniques of combat sword use; techniques and styles of modern sport fencing; names and descriptions of various fencing implements and weapon types; swashbuckler films and the fencing masters who influenced the genre; significant individuals who have taught sword use; the sword at the Olympics; the literature in which the rapier, foil, or broadsword has figured; and much, much more. Essential reading for fencing and military history enthusiasts.
Easy to Follow Knife Fighting Skills
This easy to follow book covers a broad spectrum of knife fighting concepts. Learn how choose the right fighting knife, exploit and manipulate your environment, learn deceptive knife fighting tricks, master knife hand grips, knife fighting ranges, knife wound reaction dynamics, secondary knife fighting weapons, and much more. By following the knife fighting techniques outlined in this book you will dramatically improve your combat skills regardless of your size, strength, or level of training experience.
Bonus Knife Fighting Material Included!
Since knife fighting is a vast subject filled with numerous subtle details, we've included an additional 10 knife fighting techniques plus a chapter devoted entirely to knife fighting training.
30+ Years of Knife Fighting Experience
The knife fighting techniques and strategies featured in this book are based on world renowned martial arts expert, Sammy Franco's 30+ years of research, training and teaching reality based combat. He has taught these unique knife fighting concepts to thousands of his students, and he's confident they will help you.
A Great Addition to Your Self-Defense Library
Regardless of your knife fighting background or level of experience. The techniques and strategies featured in this book are practical and straightforward and can be seamlessly incorporated into your current martial arts, self-defense or survival program. As a matter of fact, integrating these essential knife fighting principles and their related concepts will dramatically improve your odds of prevailing in any high risk self-defense situation.