Forgotten Weapons Library The internet is a great resource for doing research, but I also love the feel of a real book in the hand, flipping through pages and looking at nice glossy photographs. I think the ultimate gun room has a fireplace in the corner, a wall of prized rifles, and at least one wall of bookshelves. We review books regularly here at Forgotten Weapons, and keep a running catalog of book we mention on the blog. From here you can see our reviews and link to Amazon to purchase any books that you need to add to your own shelves. If you have written a book not in our catalog, please drop us a line and we’d be happy to add a review of it!

General Reference

The Book of Rifles, by W.H.B. Smith and Joseph E. Smith – Our ReviewBuy it!

Sub-Machine Gun, by Maxim Popenker and Anthony G. Williams – Our ReviewBuy it!

Textbook of Automatic Pistols, by R. K. Wilson – Our ReviewBuy it!

The Evolution of Automatic Pistols, by Gordon Bruce – Our ReviewBuy it!

Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World, by Stuart C. Mowbray and Joe Puleo – Our ReviewBuy it!

The World’s Assault Rifles, by Gary Paul Johnston and Thomas B. Nelson – Our ReviewBuy Hardcover!Buy Kindle!

Hatcher’s Notebook, by Maj. Gen. Julian S. Hatcher – Our ReviewBuy it!


Aircraft Guns

Flying Guns of World War I, by Anthony G. Williams and Dr. Emmanuel Gustin – Our ReviewBuy it!


World War I

A Rifleman Went to War, by Herbert W. McBride – Our ReviewBuy it!


Specific Countries



Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun, by Paul Barrett – Our ReviewBuy it!

Mannlicher Military Rifles, by Paul S. Scarlata – Our ReviewBuy it!


England / UK

The Sterling Years: Small Arms and the Men, by James Edmiston – Our ReviewBuy it!



Military Handguns of France, by Eugene Medlin and Jean Huon – Our ReviewBuy it!

Proud Promise: French Autoloading Rifles 1898-1979, by Jean Huon – Mentioned hereBuy it!



The Gew. 88 “Commission” Rifle, by Paul Scarlata – Our ReviewBuy it!

Hitler’s Garands, by W. Darrin Weaver – Our ReviewBuy it!

Death From Above: The German FG42 Paratroop Rifle by Thomas B Dugelby and R Blake Stevens РOur ReviewBuy it!



Builders and Dreamers: Habonim Labor Zionist Youth in North America, by J.J. Goldberg and Elliot King – Mentioned hereBuy it!



Japanese Rifles of World War II, by Duncan McCollum – Our ReviewBuy it!

Collector’s Guide to Imperial Japanese Handguns 1893-1945, by James D. Brown (the short version)¬†– Our ReviewBuy it!

Japanese Military Cartridge Handguns 1893-1945, by Harry L. Derby III and James D. Brown (the big encyclopedia!) – Our ReviewBuy it!

Japanese Submachine Guns, by William Easterly – Our Review – (see review for purchase information)



Mexican Military Arms: The Cartridge Period 1866-1967, by James Hughes – Our ReviewBuy it!



Treasure is Where You Find It, by Christian Cranmer – Our ReviewBuy it!

DVD – Treasure is Where You Find ItOur ReviewSample clipBuy it!

Guns of the Ghurkas, by John Walter – Our ReviewBuy it!


Russia / USSR

AK47: The Grim Reaper, by Frank Iannamico – Our ReviewBuy it! (not available on Amazon)

The Mosin Nagant Rifle, by Terence W. Lapin – Our ReviewBuy it!

Collector’s Guide to Tokarev Pistols, by John Remling – Our Review – (currently out of print)


United States

A Collector’s Guide to the M1 Garand and the M1 Carbine, by Bruce Canfield – Our ReviewBuy it!

Belgian Rattlesnake – The Lewis Automatic Machine Gun, by William M. Easterly – Mentioned hereBuy it!

Hatcher’s Book of the Garand, by Julian S. Hatcher – Mentioned hereBuy it!

War Baby! The US Caliber .30 Carbine, by Larry L. Ruth – Mentioned hereBuy it!

The Springfield 1903 Rifles, by Lt. Col. William S. Brophy – Our ReviewBuy it!

The ’03 Springfields, by Clark S. Campbell – Our ReviewBuy it!

Illustrated Guide to the ’03 Springfield Service Rifle, by Bruce N. Canfield – Our ReviewBuy it!



Blood Brothers: Hiram and Hudson Maxim – Pioneers of Modern Warfare, by Iain McCallum – Our ReviewBuy it!

The Sterling Years, by James Edmiston – Our ReviewBuy it!



A Sailor of Austria (The Otto Prohaska Novels), by John Biggins – Mentioned hereBuy it!

Pale Horse Coming, by Stephen Hunter – Our ReviewBuy it!