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. Hotchkiss Machine Guns

    WPN 71 Paperback Published 28 Nov 2019
    Created by a long-forgotten Austrian nobleman, Adolf Odkolek von Augezd, the air-cooled Hotchkiss machine gun was the first to function effectively by tapping propellant gas from the bore as the gun fired....
  2. The Arisaka Rifle

    WPN 70 Multiple formats
    Entering service in 1897, the Arisaka family of bolt-action rifles armed Japanese troops and others through two world wars and many other conflicts, including the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05. Issued...

    Starting at: $17.60

  3. Weapons of the US Special Operations Command

    WPN 69 Multiple formats
    The units and formations of the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) have privileged access to the finest weaponry in the world's arsenal. Whether Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines, the SOCOM troops...

    Starting at: $17.60

  4. The G3 Battle Rifle

    WPN 68 Multiple formats
    During the Cold War, the G3 was one of the world's pre-eminent battle rifles. Developed in France and Spain after 1945, the rifle was produced by the German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch. Adopted...

    Starting at: $17.60

  5. Sniping Rifles on the Eastern Front 1939–45

    WPN 67 Multiple formats
    The Soviet Union had developed a significant sniping force by 1939, but the extraordinary skill and cunning displayed by Finnish snipers during the Winter War forced the Soviets to innovate. On the other...

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  6. Weapons of the Viking Warrior

    WPN 66 Multiple formats
    Between the late 8th and late 11th century Viking warriors had a massive impact not just in northern Europe, but across a huge arc from the western Mediterranean round through northern Europe and the Baltic...

    Starting at: $17.60

  7. The Sterling Submachine Gun

    WPN 65 Multiple formats
    Designed by a motorcycle racer turned small-arms engineer, George Patchett, the submachine gun that eventually became known as the Sterling was developed during World War II. Some suggest it first saw...

    Starting at: $16.00

  8. The Luger

    WPN 64 Multiple formats
    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...

    Starting at: $16.00

  9. The FN MAG Machine Gun

    WPN 63 Multiple formats
    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...

    Starting at: $16.00

  10. The "Trapdoor" Springfield

    WPN 62 Multiple formats
    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...

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