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This comprehensive encyclopedia is both an expert reference work and stunning visual directory, explaining the development of arms, and showing the individual specifications of modern weapons.
Will Fowler has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972, specializing in military history and defense technology. He is the author of over 30 books covering military technology and conflicts from the 19th century to the Second Gulf War. Anthony North has worked for many years at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, giving him unique access to many historic weapons. He has written and lectured on the subject of arms, armor, metalwork and antiques since the 1970s. Charles Stronge is an experienced editor and writer who has worked for many years in the fields of politics, international affairs and military history. He also worked as an Editor for Jane's Information Group and is the author of several books. Patrick Sweeney competes and teaches others in the use of firearms. He has written a number of books and articles, including Gunsmithing: Rifles, The Gun Digest Book of the AR-15 and Modern Law Enforcement Weapons and Tactics.