Paperback: 500 pages
Publisher: Martino Fine Books (April 11, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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If you are serious about understanding ordnance development in the last 80 years this is the first and last reference you should need. Cannot be replaced on my shelf and I refer others to it often when they ask questions like how do bore cleaners work? Or how did we get to our current cartridge sizes? Moreover, you might be suspicious of experts who have not read it.George Anderson
An indispensable book for those who are serious about learning early experimentation in developing military weapons and the subsequent advances in civilian firearms. Hatcher is easily read and doesn't use incomprehensible technical terms. He kept detailed notes on what was good, what was bad and what might cause stuff to blow up in your face.
I do not know how many copies I have given away to new shooters, Much of the info in here is timeless and if you are serious about the sport this old reference is a 'should have', I have enough miles to know most of it by now but still replace it because it just belong with your references like a 25 year old Lyman manual. :) If you don't have one, get it.
Okay, this book is really outdated, as in being written before most of today's gun owners were born. But it's still the only solid reference for a lot of the data contained inside. Julian S. Hatcher was an Army ordinance specialist who cataloged firearms development, operation, design, ballistics data, cartridge data and general firearms details over the course of his career. This book is the sum of those years of expertise.If you are a reloader, military arms enthusiast, gunsmith or firearms collector, this book should be in your collection.
This was described to me as "essential". So of course I had to have it. This is just a joy to spend time with! History written by he who made it. If you have more than a passing interest in firearms and the history of some of the more famous weapons still in use today you should have this. So much information that it really is hard to process in one sitting. I cannot stress enough just how much I am personally enjoying this book. The development of bullets.....as cartridges progressed in speed and range, bullets of the times could not handle the rigors. Mechanical workings of the machine gun. Notes on all facets of cartridge development. Actual material used in the barrel of a gun, recoil.....etc. Way more than I can do justice to. Remember this is historical data, WW1,WW2. Essential to learn, fun to know, but clearly not of an immediately practical nature.
Buy this book if you are into service rifles and/or reloading high power cartridges. It is well written and easy to read. There is an overview of all things related to military firearms. I am a newly M1 owner and have just started attended Garand matches. This is a great resource to become knowledgeable in the field.
This classic can be read from start to finish or used as reference for specific material.Wonderful book in terms of insight into gun features, functionality, and design. Added bonus is historical value.No collection of books on arms is complete without a copy of "Hatcher's Notebook".
This is a soft-cover re-print of the classic firearms reference. Lots of information on the history and development of some of America's best military firearms. A must-read for every firearms enthusiast.
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