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. The Luger

    WPN 64 Paperback Published 20 Sep 2018
    Patented in 1898 and produced from 1900, Georg Luger's iconic semi-automatic pistol became synonymous with Germany's armed forces throughout both world wars. Initially chambered for the 7.65×21mm...
  2. The FN MAG Machine Gun

    WPN 63 Paperback Published 26 Jul 2018
    For six decades, the 7.62mm FN MAG has been a dominant general-purpose machine gun (GPMG) in worldwide arsenals. Three qualities have guaranteed this enduring status - reliability, ease of operation, and...
  3. The "Trapdoor" Springfield

    WPN 62 Paperback Published 28 Jun 2018
    Intended to replace the proliferation of different small arms fielded by US forces during the American Civil War, the "Trapdoor Springfield” was designed in 1865-66 by Erskine S. Allin. Using metallic...
  4. The Crossbow

    WPN 61 Multiple formats
    Technologically sophisticated and powerful, the crossbow has long enjoyed a popular reputation for villainous superiority because it could be used with little training as a weapon of assassination. The...

    Starting at: $16.00

  5. The Anti-Tank Rifle

    WPN 60 Multiple formats
    The emergence of the tank in World War I led to the development of the first infantry weapons to defend against tanks. Anti-tank rifles became commonplace in the inter-war years and in the early campaigns...

    Starting at: $16.00

  6. The Cavalry Lance

    WPN 59 Multiple formats
    The development of cavalry firearms and the widespread disappearance of armour from the European battlefield saw a decline in the use of the cavalry lance in early modern warfare. However, by 1800 the...

    Starting at: $16.00

  7. The ‘Broomhandle’ Mauser

    WPN 58 Multiple formats
    At a time when most handguns were limited to six rounds, the ten-shot Mauser caught the attention of the world for its unprecedented firepower and formidable high-velocity 7.63×25mm cartridge. This saw...

    Starting at: $16.00

  8. US Grenade Launchers

    WPN 57 Multiple formats
    In an effort to provide the US infantryman with more firepower to cover the range gap between the hand grenade and the light mortar, the 40mm M79 grenade launcher - a shoulder-fired, single-shot weapon...

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  9. Sharpshooting Rifles of the American Civil War

    WPN 56 Multiple formats
    At the outset of the American Civil War, the Union Army's sharpshooters were initially equipped with the M1855 Colt revolving rifle, but it was prone to malfunction. Instead, the North's sharpshooters...

    Starting at: $16.00

  10. The Pilum

    WPN 55 Multiple formats
    A heavy javelin, normally used as a shock weapon immediately before contact, the pilum was designed with a particular speciality: it could penetrate a shield and carry on into the individual behind it....

    Starting at: $16.00

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