Category Archives: Reference Books

The Best Book on the Israeli Uzi SMG and its Many Variants

I recently wrapped up building a semi-auto Israeli Uzi in 9mm.  At the start, I researched about this iconic submachine gun and guys kept mentioning that I should get the book “The Uzi Submachine Gun Examined” by David Gaboury.  I ordered a copy from Amazon and must say I was very impressed.

Mr. Gaboury does an exceptional job giving the reader the historical context of what was going on in Israel with its fight for independence, the plethora of firearms they were using and then search for a new submachine gun.  Of course, this culminated in the creation and evolution of the Uzi design by Uzi Gal.

From there he covers the evolution of the weapon with the Mini Uzi, the Uzi Carbine, Uzi Pistol/Micro Uzi, Ruger MP9 and the Uzi Pro.  The book was published in 2017 and its coverage is very current.

One thing I did not know was how widespread the adoption of the Uzi was and Mr. Gaboury provides coverage of its use in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, China and other countries.

He then covers a number of other topics in the book that I’ll skip for the sake of brevity.  For me, the last section of the book was very, very helpful where he provides significant detail on the weapon including:

  • Operation, Disassembly and Specifications
  • Parts Identification
  • Magazines
  • Accessories

Being new to Uzis, his coverage of the firing cycle, fire control group and how it all comes together in the grip frame (what some call the “grip stick”) was worth the price of the book all by itself.  For me, it was really the history and this last section the detailing of the operation and assembly that were hugely worthwhile.  I’d recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about the iconic Uzi.


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The UZI Submachine Gun Examined (Hardcover)

Although universally recognized, the history of this iconic weapon has gone largely undocumented — until now. Originally designed for the Israeli military by Uziel Gal, the UZI submachine gun has a colorful history that has reached around the globe. Using approximately 1,000 photos, this book examines the history and technical details of all the UZI variations, both military and civilian, from its initial design to the current models. Also included are original factory documents, model-by-model features, part variations, accessories and manuals.

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Favorite Book on Assault Rifles – “The World’s Assault Rifles” by Gary Johnston and Thomas Nelson

This book rounds out my two most used reference sources (the other being Iannamico’s “AK-47: The Grim Realer) when it comes to looking for photos on AKs plus other assault rifles.

Coming in at over eight pounds and 1200 pages, this book has a ton of photos, very clear text and is organized by country.   The book covers over 500 weapons from 51 countries with over 1,000 photos in fact and was a massive research effort.

Without a doubt, it covers a ton of material and what I like is that it is well organized.  There is a good table of contents up front and a detailed index at the end.  You can go search by country alphabetically even.  This is one of those books, where you can even just flip it open and learn something.

There are special sections on operating principles, ammunition as well as more detailed write ups on certain weapons of interest such as the German FG-42 and Sturmgewehr, the Russian AK family, and US arms such as the BAR, Lewis, M1 Carbine and M16/M4 family.

This is definitely an excellent reference book


The World’s Assault Rifles (Kindle Edition)

The World’s Assault Rifles is a definitive, comprehensive reference book covering the militaries of 50 countries in 71 chapters. Comprising more than 1,900 photographs, this book includes extensive assault rifle history, operating and locking systems, ammunition types, individual specifications and much more. With the 1200-page hardcover version weighing 9 pounds and now selling for hundreds of dollars, The World’s Assault Rifles, as an eBook, offers convenient transportation and comfortable reading pleasure in the office, at home and during travel, not to mention the low cost. Now used by hundreds of military scholars and agencies world wide, The World’s Assault Rifles in eBook format will provide instant fingertip access to information unavailable from any other source at an unbeatable price!

About the Authors

Gary Paul Johnston: Growing up with firearms, Gary Paul Johnston began his career in law enforcement in 1963, and began writing firearms related articles in 1976. Since then, Johnston has published more than 1,700 articles in dozens of firearms periodicals worldwide, plus authoring one book. Johnston considers himself a serious student of firearms, their history, operation, ammunition and application. Now, Gary has put his experience to work co-authoring a new volume of The World’s Assault Rifles, giving enormous credit to his longtime friend, Thomas B. Nelson, co-author of the original volume in 1967. Gary notes that without Mr. Nelson’s perseverance the new volume of this book could have never been written.

Thomas B. Nelson: Noted arms historian Thomas B. Nelson early on developed an avid interest in small arms and particularly automatic weapons. In 1958 Nelson joined the U.S. Army, serving under Col. G. B. Jarrett in the Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Ground, and later in Virginia, assigned to the Technical Intelligence Agency headquarters. After military service Nelson was vice president at Interarmco (later Interarms), later founding Collector’s Armoury, Ltd. In 1963 Nelson published The World’s Submachine Guns, which was reprinted six times and sold in excess of 25,000 copies. His second title, The World’s Assault Rifles, which was co-authored with his colleague Dan Musgrave, was published in 1967, followed by two others.

By (author):  Gary Paul Johnston, Thomas B. Nelson Nelson

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Best AK Reference Book – AK-47: The Grim Reaper

Folks ask me what is the best reference book to learn more about AK rifles and the variations that are made all over the world. The Grim Reaper book by Frank Iannamico is, hands down, my number one recommendation and I say that based on owning somewhere over a dozen books on the AK rifle.

His first book was very good and with the second he improved the guidance and increased the number of photos. This is definitely a book you will want to add to your library.



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AK-47: The Grim Reaper (Hardcover)

It’s back…but this time with more pages, more information and more photographs. The most definitive study on Kalashnikov pattern rifles to date boasts over 1,100 printed pages covering the AK rifle, as well as its variants manufactured in over 19 countries.

By (author):  Frank Iannamico

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