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Guns and Ammo

1. History

2. Artillery

3. Firearms

4. Firearms Glossary

5. References


GUNS AND AMMO: Terminology - Reference Materials

5. Reference Materials for Translators and Interpreters

Barnes, Frank C., Cartridges of the World (11th Edition), Digest Books Inc., Northfield IL; revised, 2006.

Batchelor, John, and Ian Hogg, Artillery, Scribners, New York, 1972

Bidwell, Shelford, Ed., Brassey's Artillery of the World: Guns, Howitzers, Mortars, Brassey's Publishers, Ltd., London, 1977. (With a five-page glossary in English.)

Blair, Claude, Ed., Pollard's History of firearms, Macmillan, New York, 1983. 559 pages, of which 14 are index. Many photographs and drawings. Primarily historical, with coverage up to about 1970. Excellent reference for early firearms.

Cormack, A. J. R., German small arms of World War II, Exeter Books, New York, 1979. Includes some drawings with parts indicated, often with German names. Some information on ammunition.

Drury, Ian, and Gibbons, Tony, The Civil War Military Machine, Smithmark, New York, 1993. Particularly good coverage of artillery of the 1820-1890 period. Also covers rifles and pistols.

Ezell, Edward C., Small Arms of the World, Stackpole Publishing Co., Harrisburg PA. Various editions, the earlier ones edited by Smith or by Smith and Smith. Thorough descriptions of recent and current military small arms up to about 1970, with nomenclature. Some historical background.

Glück, Christa, and Görtz, Joachim, Wörterbuch der Waffentechnik, E. Schwebend GmbH, Schwäbisch Hall, 5th Ed., 1972. Ger <> Eng.

Hogg, Ian V., Ed., Jane's Infantry Weapons, Jane's Information Group, US, UK. Multinational coverage, including mortars and grenades; updated regularly. Current editions are overly expensive as a translation reference, but older editions are available at much lower cost.

Malloy, John, Complete Guide to Guns & Shooting, DBI Books, Northbrook IL, 1995. 256 pages, paperback. Excellent coverage with photographs and drawings. The best buy for general information about firearms.

Manucy, Albert, Artillery Through the Ages, US Government Printing Office, Washington D. C., 1949. 92 pages, paperback. Black powder / muzzle-loading cannon, carriages, projectiles. Has 51 figures and a short glossary.

Murtz, Harold A., Ed., The Gun Digest Book Of Exploded Gun Drawings, various editions, DBI Books, Northbrook IL. Detailed drawings and parts lists for hundreds of firearms.

Nelson, Thomas B.: The World's Submachine Guns. TBN Enterprises, Alexandria VA; Revised Edition, 1986. Tells more than you want to know about submachine guns, but includes a 38-page glossary of 114 technical terms in 22 languages (English, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Ethiopian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Iranian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish and Turkish).

Newton, Michael, Armed & Dangerous: A Writer's Guide to Weapons. Writers Digest Books, Cincinnati OH 1990.

Nonte, George C., Firearms Encyclopedia, Times Mirror Magazine, Inc., 1973. Also Harper & Row, New York. 341 pages; English, but with a 4-page glossary of terms in English, German, Spanish and French.

Norris, John, Artillery: A History. Sutton Publishing, Phoenix Mill, England, 2000.

Peterson, Harold R., Round Shot and Rammers, Stackpole Books, Harrisburg PA, 1969. Describes muzzle-loading artillery, especially US service. 128 pages, abundant drawings.

Popenker, Maxim, and Anthony G. Williams, Assault Rifle, The Crowood Press,
Ramsbury (England), 2004. With an 8-page glossary.

Steindler, R. A., The Firearms Dictionary, Stackpole Books, Harrisburg PA, 1970. Waffentechnisches Taschenbuch, 8th Ed., 1989; Rheinmetall GmbH, Düsseldorf. 690 pages 4" x 7". Very technical. Many photographs and drawings. Emphasis on artillery.

Waffentechnisches Taschenbuch, 8th Ed., 1989; Rheinmetall GmbH, Düsseldorf.
690 pages 4" x 7". German; very technical. Many photographs and drawings.
Emphasis on artillery.

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