Good book on small arms wanted for son.

Discussion in 'The Book Club' started by Watcher, Jan 1, 2009.

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  1. Like many many 12 year olds my lad is heavily into the Call of Duty Xbox games.

    I grew up in an age before computers but read loads of military books including the very good series of 'Profile Publications' on small arms. Sadly I gave my collection away over 20 years ago.

    What I'm trying to find is something as well illlustrated as the 'Profiles' that my lad can read to give him the background to the weapons (both WWII and modern) that he uses on his games.

    Hopefully in the long term I can encourage him towards the real thing and join me on the ranges!


  2. Take him on a day trip to Nottingham and show him the Pattern Rooms. It's like letting a kid loose in a toy shop, a big gun filled toy shop.

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  3. Was going to take him and his pal to Royal Armourines at Leeds but Nottingham sounds good. Cheers.
  4. I am sorry to advise that the Pattern Room collection has moved again. It is now in the Royal Armouries at Leeds, but is not open to the public.

    Another excellent collection is that at the SASC at Warminster. It includes a lot of modern gear, as well as all the old faithfulls. I was there a few weeks ago, and had a most interesting day. The staff are a friendly and very knowledgable bunch. You would need to book, and there are contact details on the website that I'm sure you could find via Google. If you can't locate it, PM me and I will dig it out. I don't know if there is an age limit for entry so you will need to check this first.

    If you do revert to the book idea "Small Arms of the World" by Smith & Smith is a real classic. My copy is well out of date, but is very good for up to WW2. No doubt there are now later editions that include the currently issued weapons.
  5. msr

    msr LE

    I would not bother, it's crap.

    Better to take him to some regimental museums. I can strongly recommend the one in Richmond, N Yorks.

  6. There's loads of good easy to read coffee table type gun books out there. My Dad bought me 'Guns and how they work' by Ian Hogg for my twelth birthday and it started my lifelong (so far anyway) interest in firearms and shooting.

    Try looking in ýour local Bargain Books or whatever, there's usually one or two on offer.

  7. msr

    msr LE

    Well, seeing as this is 2009: