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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 Counter Terrorist Manual: A Practical Guide to Elite International Units

by Leroy Thompson

In the past thirty-five years, counter-terrorist units have been deployed to deal with airplane, ship, train, and bus hijackings. They have rescued hostages in various types of buildings and have dealt with...


The M14 Battle Rifle

by Leroy Thompson, Johnny Shumate & Alan Gilliland

The M14 may have only been the primary US service rifle for a little over a decade before being replaced by the M16, but it is still considered by many experts to be the best rifle to ever see US service. Primarily...


US Combat Shotguns

by Leroy Thompson, Peter Dennis & Alan Gilliland

When a soldier must face multiple opponents at close quarters, few weapons can match the effectiveness of the shotgun. From World War I to the War on Terror, the shotgun has been a devastating weapon in the...


The M1903 Springfield Rifle

by Leroy Thompson, Steve Noon & Alan Gilliland

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...


The Colt 1911 Pistol

by Leroy Thompson, Peter Dennis & Alan Gilliland

First used in combat during the Punitive Expedition into Mexico and then extensively during the world wars, the Colt Government Model (1911) pistol remained the standard issue handgun in the US armed forces...


The M1 Carbine

by Leroy Thompson, Peter Dennis & Alan Gilliland

In 1938 the US Chief of Infantry requested that the Ordnance Department develop a carbine to be used by service and support troops, artillerymen, machine-gun crews, tankers, mortar crews and other troops not...


The Beretta M9 Pistol

by Leroy Thompson, Johnny Shumate & Alan Gilliland

In 1990 the Beretta M9 replaced the venerable Colt 1911 as the main pistol of choice for the US Army, and it has seen widespread use in Iraq and Afghanistan. Written by a leading pistol expert who currently...


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 MP5 Submachine Gun

by Leroy Thompson, Johnny Shumate & Alan Gilliland

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...