Weapon

In the Weapon series Osprey looks at the most important, famous and infamous weapons throughout history. Using a combination of photography and classic Osprey artwork, this series examines the full story of each weapon, beginning with its design and development, following through its operational history, and finally analyzing its impact on warfare and violence.

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  1. British Sniping Rifles since 1970

    WPN 80 Paperback Published 25 Nov 2021
    In response to the challenge of the Soviet Dragunov self-loading rifle, the British Army adopted the 7.62mm L42A1 bolt-action sniping rifle in 1970. The L42A1 was deployed in Dhofar and Northern Ireland,...
  2. Weapons of the Samurai

    WPN 79 Multiple formats
    This fully illustrated new book describes and analyses the weapons and equipment traditionally associated with the samurai, Japan's superlative warriors. It examines the range of weapons used by them...

    Starting at: $17.60

  3. The Bayonet

    WPN 78 Multiple formats
    Although muskets delivered devastating projectiles at comparatively long ranges, their slow rate of fire left the soldier very vulnerable while reloading, and early muskets were useless for close-quarter...

    Starting at: $17.60

  4. The M4 Carbine

    WPN 77 Multiple formats
    The M4 carbine has become one of the defining military firearms of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Developed as a fusion of the XM177E2 Colt Commando and the M16A2 assault rifle, the M4 offered...

    Starting at: $17.60

  5. Early Military Rifles

    WPN 76 Multiple formats
    The conduct of combat operations in open order during the 18th and 19th centuries required an improved firearm with more accuracy than the standard-issue smoothbore infantry musket. Consequently, the appearance...

    Starting at: $17.60

  6. Weapons of the Civil War Cavalryman

    WPN 75 Multiple formats
    During the American Civil War, the mounted soldiers fighting on both sides of the conflict carried a wide array of weapons, from sabers and lances to carbines, revolvers, and other firearms. Though some...

    Starting at: $17.60

  7. The PIAT

    WPN 74 Multiple formats
    Designed in 1942, Britain's innovative Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank (PIAT) provided British and Commonwealth troops with a much-needed means of taking on Germany's formidable Panzers. Replacing...

    Starting at: $17.60

  8. The Medieval Longsword

    WPN 48 Multiple formats
    The formidable European longsword - featuring a double-edged straight blade in excess of 40in, and capable of being used with one or both hands - remains one of the most impressive and distinctive edged...

    Starting at: $17.60

  9. The Browning High-Power Pistol

    WPN 73 Multiple formats
    Making its debut in 1935, the Browning High-Power was the world's most widely used military pistol for much of the 20th century. Military and law-enforcement agencies in more than 90 countries have...

    Starting at: $17.60

  10. The Spatha

    WPN 72 Multiple formats
    Adopted from the Celts in the 1st century BC, the spatha, a lethal and formidable chopping blade, became the primary sword of the Roman soldier in the Later Empire. Over the following centuries, the blade,...

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