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The World's First SWAT Team: W. E. Fairbairn and the Shanghai Municipal Police Reserve Unit

by Leroy Thompson

In turbulent Shanghai in the years between the World Wars, the International Settlement was a mercantile powerhouse that faced unrest from Communist labor unions, criminal gangs, spies, political agitators,...


The Mp5 Submachine Gun

by Leroy Thompson

Since the mid-1960s the Heckler & Koch MP5 has become the most widely used submachine gun in the world, especially among counterterrorist and special-operations units. Lightweight and offering a blistering rate...


The Sten Gun

by Leroy Thompson

The Sten submachine gun - officially the 'Carbine, Machine, Sten' - was developed to fulfil the pressing British need for large quantities of cheaply produced weapons after Dunkirk, when German invasion was...


Us Combat Shotguns

by Leroy Thompson & Peter Dennis

Winchester, Remington, Ithaca Gun Company, Stevens, Savage, Mossberg, Benelli, and other gun manufacturers have produced a range of combat shotguns for US armed forces. When a soldier must face multiple opponents...


The M1903 Springfield Rifle

by Leroy Thompson & Steve Noon

Developed to replace the Model 1892 Krag-Jørgensen rifle, the Model 1903 Springfield was a five-shot bolt-action rifle that introduced the .30-06 cartridge – the standard US round until the introduction of...


Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Dagger

by Leroy Thompson & Howard Gerrard

The Fairbairn-Sykes Commando dagger has become iconic as the most widely recognized fighting knife in the world. The origins of the dagger can be traced to Shanghai in the 1930s where W. E. Fairbairn and US...


The Colt 1911 Pistol

by Leroy Thompson & Peter Dennis

First used in combat during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico and then extensively during both World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945), the Colt Government Model (1911) pistol remained the standard...


The M1 Garand

by Leroy Thompson & Peter Dennis

The M1 Garand gave US infantrymen a marked edge during World War II. It shot faster and further than enemy infantry rifles and hit harder. No less an authority on killing the enemy than General George S. Patton...


The M1 Carbine

by Leroy Thompson & Peter Dennis

The M1 Carbine was produced in more numbers than any other US small arm in World War II (1939-1945). In 1938 the US Chief of Infantry requested that the Ordnance Department develop a carbine or light rifle to...


The Beretta M9 Pistol

by Leroy Thompson & Johnny Shumate

In 1990 the Beretta M9 replaced the venerable Colt 1911 as the main pistol of choice for the US Army. At the time the decision was controversial particularly because it was perceived that a smaller caliber weapon...