If still in print I have listed the Publishers/Retailers Website. I have also referenced
Amazon.com, which I have used to get many of these books. Books are listed in
alphabetical order, versus order of preference.
BLACK RIFLE I & II
Collector Grade Publications
Black Rifle I
R Blake Stevens and Edward C Ezell
Enhanced Second Edition, 1992
416 pages, 441 illustrations
A chilling study of small arms development and procurement in the post-Ordnance US small arms
environment, wherein OSD 'whiz kids' arrogantly called the tune and shooting watermelons at a
picnic passed for engineering development. Beginning with the Black Rifle's forebear the
ArmaLite AR-10, through the small caliber/high velocity (SCHV) program at Aberdeen Proving
Ground, the .22 Gustafson carbine, the .22/NATO T48 and the Springfield and Winchester .224
rifles, this is an in-depth examination of the many controversies surrounding the 5.56mm M16
'package' - where it came from; what it is; what it is not, and why.
Black Rifle II
Christopher R. Bartocci
Deluxe First Edition, 2004
408 pages, 626 illustrations
This new book is a sequel to the perennially popular 1987 Collector Grade title The Black
Rifle, which is now in its fourth printing. This book chronicles all the new third- and
fourth-generation rifle and carbine models which have been introduced by Colt and
Diemaco since The Black Rifle was originally published, and describes and depicts the
myriad of enhanced sights and rails systems which help make the M16s of today the
most versatile, modular and effective combat weapons in the world. It also includes a
comprehensive survey of the Colt semi-automatic-only family of commercial and law
enforcement products, in .222 Remington, 5.56mm (.223 Remington), 9mm and 7.62
x39mm, and an in-depth Reference Compendium of all Colt military and civilian models
If you are serious about AR15’s/M16’s then you have got to have these 2 books!
COMPLETE AR15/M16 SOURCEBOOK
8 1/2 x 11, photos, softcover, photos, illus., 336 pp.
This carefully researched, newly revised edition of Duncan Long's classic sourcebook
offers fresh insight into why the AR-15/M16 remains a favorite of soldiers, law
enforcement officials, civilian shooters and self-defense experts. Long takes another
look at the history of the "black rifle"; examines its many military and custom spinoffs as
well as grenade-launching systems, SAW versions and experimental weapons; and
even provides a detailed assessment of the OICW and other potential replacements
being tested by the U.S. military. Also highlighted are the very newest accessories for
the AR-15, with a hard look at which will enhance its capabilities - and which could get
the shooter killed. This is the most complete and up-to-date resource available on what
many consider to be the best rifle ever made.
FAIR WARNING ! - This one is loved because of it massive amounts of info and photos,
and hated because it has its share of bad info and errors.
JANE'S INFANTRY WEAPONS
This is an "Annual Yearbook" series, I believe that started in 1975, and is still running. I
have reviewed various copies from the 70's to the 90's.
MACHINE GUN DEALERS BIBLE 4th ED.
8½" x 11" Softcover
over 400 pages
The Fourth Edition of the Machine Gun Dealer's Bible is finally here! If you have any
interest in machine guns, destructive devices, silencers, pen guns, or how to do
business in the Class 3 world, how the regulations work and the procedures, this is the
book for you. You don't have to be a dealer to get a lot out of this book- many of the
secrets of the Class 3 world are unlocked, explored, and made easily understandable.
Included updates in the 4th Edition include:
• New and most recent C&R List
• Newest ATF Forms
• SAR Colt M16 ID Guide
• SAR HK Machine Gun ID Guide
• SAR Stoner Designs
This includes a “reprint” of the Colt M16 ID Guide done in Small Arms Review by Dan
Shea. If you want to see info and photos of just about every Colt AR15 / M16 Model this is
the way to go. One back issue of SAR that has these articles will cost you about 3 times
what this book will!
SMALL ARMS OF THE WORLD
I have reviewed the 8th through the 12th Editions. 8th Ed = 1966, 9th Ed = 1969, 10th Ed =
1973, 11th Ed = 1977, 12th Ed = 1983.
The series was originally written by W. H. B. Smith, and then continued by E. C. Ezell
starting with the 11th Ed.
SMALL ARMS TODAY 2nd ED.
STANDARD CATALOG OF MILITARY FIREARMS 3rd ED.
WEAPONS OF THE NAVY SEALS
There is also an older/original version of this book called Special Warfare / Special
Weapons that is out of print.
SPECIAL WARFARE SPECIAL WEAPONS
RETRO BLACK RIFLE - REFERENCE MATERIAL - BOOKS