Sub-Machine Gun - The development of sub-machine guns and their ammunition from World War 1 to the present day

By Maxim Popenker
PAGES: 320
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 550 colour and b&w photographs

Maximizing firepower has always been a primary goal of firearms designers. For small arms carried by the infantry this can mean weapons firing explosive shells or grenades, but it also means guns capable of firing a lot of bullets in a short space of time.

The modern era in small arms commenced in the lattter part of the 19th century. First the metallic cartridge, with a case that held the bullet, propellant and primer in one weatherproof round of ammunition. Next the machine gun, which handled the new cartridges mechanically in a fast-firing weapon. Finally came the advent of 'smokeless' powders and allowed the development of small-calibre, high-velocity ammunition for rifles and machine guns. By the end of the century, the basics of modern small arms had been established.

Weapons experts Maxim Popenker and Anthony Williams present a study of the development of the sub-machine gun and its ammunition, before undertaking a country-by-country survey of the weapons designed, built and used across the world. With data tables giving details of ammunition and hundreds of photographs, this is an authoritative account of an essential infantry weapon.

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