Announcing My Newest Book: Small Arms of WWII – United States

Available now for preorder!

Small Arms of WWII: United States of America is the first in Headstamp Publishing’s newest book series covering the myriad of weapons developed and fielded around the globe by the various participants in the Second World War.

This book series blends fresh historical commentary and beautiful photography to give readers a new understanding and perspective of small arms development before, during, and after the war. Author Ian McCollum (of Forgotten Weapons) and photographer James Rupley (of Vickers Guide) have teamed up to create a book series that is simultaneously engaging, entertaining, educational, and artistically gorgeous.

The Second World War was a fascinating and dynamic time in the history of firearms – a period that began with revolvers and bolt-action weapons, and ended with the first generations of modern select-fire combat rifles. We detail these developments in Small Arms of WWII, discussing not just what the weapons were, but why they were developed and how they performed in the field. If you want to get a better understanding of how these weapons changed warfare and were in turn themselves changed by warfare, this is the book series for you!

Small Arms of WWII: USA covers the following categories of firearms utilized by the various branches of the U.S. military during the Second World War:

– Handguns
– Submachine Guns
– Rifles
– Machine Guns
– Shotguns
– Miscellaneous items

Small Arms of WWII: USA presents this highly curated collection of firearms in never-before-seen detail on larger than life, wide format, full color prints in a premium hardback form.


  1. I’m sure this is a beautiful book if it’s anything like the Vickers books. But besides being beautifully photographed and printed, the Vickers Guides aren’t particularly useful. They’re little more than coffee table books, with little if any new information. I suspect this new book by Headstamp on WW2 U.S. firearms is also a nice display piece but not a particularly useful reference. What we need are thoroughly researched and documented source material, not simply nice looking studio photography. That said, I haven’t seen the book, so I’m just speculating.

  2. Congratulations on your latest book, “Small Arms of WWII – United States”! This announcement brings back memories of writing history essays in school. Thanks God I was helped by Gradesfixer to write my essays back then. The collaboration between Ian McCollum and James Rupley promises a captivating blend of historical commentary and stunning photography. From revolvers to modern combat rifles, the book explores the transformative period of firearms development during the Second World War. Covering handguns, submachine guns, rifles, machine guns, shotguns, and more, it offers readers never-before-seen details in a visually stunning format. I can’t wait to dive into this captivating series and gain a deeper understanding of the impact of small arms in that era. Congratulations on this exciting release!

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