1. Balleisen, Charles, Principles of Firearms, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 1945 (A 1954 printing of Balleisen's work is referred to in the Recommended Reading section of the Brassey's title below.)
  2. Allsop, Derek (Editor), Popelínský, Lubomír, et al, Brassey's Essential Guide to Military Small Arms : Design Principles and Operating Methods, Brassey's Inc., London UK, 1997, ISBN: 1857531078. Here are some of my brief reviews of this title.
  3. U.S. Army Weapons Command (WECOM) Technical Notes, Small Arms Design, Published by ArmaLite and possibly others. Should be in the public domain since it was originally produced at public expense.
Selections from the footnotes and chapter endnotes of Balleisen's Principles of Firearms:
  1. Greener, W. W., The Gun and Its Development, Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., New York, 1881
  2. Hayes, T. J., Elements of Ordnance, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 1938
  3. Robinson, C. S., Thermodynamics of Firearms, McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, 1943
  4. Rausenberger, F., Theory of the Recoil of Guns, (in German), Springer, Leipzig, 1939
  5. Curti, P., Automatische Waffen, Frauenfeld, Huber & Co., 1936
  6. Devouges, Marcel, L`Avènement des Armes Automatiques, Charles Lavauzelle & Cie., Paris, 1924
  7. Hatcher, J. S., "Automatic Firearms", Army Ordnance, Vol XIII, p. 169, 1933
  8. Hatcher, J. S., Wilhelm, G. P., and Maloney, H. J., Machine Guns, George Banta Publishing Co., Menasha, WI, 1917
  9. Johnson, M. M., Jr., and Haven, Charles T., Automatic Arms, William Morrow & Co., New York, 1942
  10. Smith, W. H. B., A Basic Manual of Military Small Arms, Military Service Publishing Co., Harrisburg, 1943
  11. Textbook of Small Arms, H. M. Stationery Office, London, 1929
  12. Weiss, R., Die Handfeuerwaffen (ihre Entwicklung und Technik), Teubner, Leipzig, 1912
  13. Wilson, R. K., Textbook of Automatic Pistols, Small Arms Technical Publishing Co., Plantersville, SC, 1944
  14. Wimmersperg, H. V., "Die Maschinengewehre der Kaliber 6.5 bis 8 mm," Zeitschrift des Vereines Deutscher Ingenieure, Berlin, 1939
  15. Gray, J. C., "Erosion in Machine Gun Barrels," Army Ordnance, Vol. XV, p. 34, 1934
Due to the date of publication most of the titles recommended by Balleisen may be difficult to find. General titles in thermodynamics, materials science, metallurgy, strength of materials, etc. are also recommended. Note that the widely available Sierra Bullets Reloading Manuals contain an excellent discussion of external ballistics, including theory, formulas, and tables. The International Wound Ballistics Association provides credible, scientifically-researched, peer-reviewed studies of terminal ballistics and wound treatment.

There are a few non-Slavic titles mentioned in the notes and Recommended Reading of Brassey's Essential Guide to Military Small Arms. The literature in slavic, to a large extent the work of the authors of the Brassey's volume, is extensive, but not listed here due to typographical complexity.

  1. Smith, M. C. J., Halsam, P. R., Small Arms and Cannons, Brassey's Publishers Ltd., Oxford, 1982
  2. Corner, J., Theory of the Internal Ballistics of Guns, (publisher not specified,) New York and London, 1950
  3. Cranz, C., Lehrbuch der Ballistik. Zweiter Band, Innere Ballistik, Springer Verlag, Berlin, 1926
  4. Krier, H., Summerfield, M., Interior Ballistics of Guns, Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, Volume 66, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1979 (A quick review of the AIAA site reveals other gun titles of interest.)
Several catalogs of military small arms have been published, including:
  1. Gander, Terry, Jane's Infantry Weapons, Jane's Information Group, Alexandria, VA, 1998
  2. Ezell, Edward C., Small Arms of the World (out of print hardcover)
  3. Ezell, Edward C., Small Arms Today, 2nd Edition, Stackpole Books, Harrisburg VA, 1988, ISBN: 0811722805 (US) (thorough paperback updates, also out of print, to Small Arms of the World)
  4. Hogg, Ian, Military Small Arms of the 20th Century, DBI Books Inc, Northfield IL, 1991, ISBN: 087349120
  5. Hogg, Ian, Modern Small Arms, Book Sales Inc., Edison NJ, 1994, ISBN: 0785800182

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