Book Review: China’s Small Arms of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War

I picked up a copy of this book a couple years ago when Bin Shih first published it, but by the time I got around to doing a review it had sold out – so I didn’t bother. Well, a seconds printing run has been made, so it seems that now would be a good time to take a closer look at it. There are very few English-language resources on Chinese WWII small arms, and this is a good one…

As I mentioned in the video, it both the English and Chinese versions (in Traditional Chinese – the Simplified Chinese version is not available in the US) are available at – it is a privately printed work, so that is the only source for new copies.


  1. You may want to mention that the Chinese version the author is selling is in Traditional Chinese. There’s a 3rd authorized version of this book printed for the Mainland Chinese market in Simplified Chinese. It’s the same language but readers of the Simplified Chinese may not be able to read all of the Traditional Chinese characters.

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