Book recommendations for a kid

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  1. Deanimator

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    I'm pretty sure that I was the only kid in my 8th grade class who know how to field strip an MP40.
     
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    The Arms of Krupp, William Manchester.

    A history, but not about small arms. Requires a VERY good reading ability. Over a thousand pages -if I remember correctly- but is unforgetable if the reading ability is present.
     
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    I read that one at 12 years old; Fascinating history of the family, and the company.
    I have my own sample of Krupp fluid steel, c. 1926:

    Krupp.jpg

    Likewise.
     
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    May not be focused on specific WW I or II rifles but he might find lots to learn in Jim Carmichael's Book of the Rifle. Also highly recommend the Ruark books already mentioned. The book The Gun might expand his interest to the AK-47 and the M-16.
     
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    I am also a science fictioneer. Read 'Little Fuzzy' for information on the rifle suitable for Zarathustran Damnthing and Harpy.
     
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    Beat me to it. I have a copy. Beautifully illustrated. Detailed collector's guide to markings, variants and variations, etc. Quite expensive. ($100+) Any of either Hatcher's or Canfield's works on the Garand and other WWII guns, but those are also quite expensive. I once saw a reference book, I forget the title or editor, but it was 3" thick and had an assembly drawing/part catalog for hundreds of firearms.
     
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    Unintended Consequences.

    If you email me, I'll send you a pdf copy.

    Rich at rabidjackal dot com
     
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    The "Handloader's Manual of Cartridge Conversions" by John and Judy Donnelly. Also the illustrated directory of Guns by Miller. The "Gun Digest Book of Rimfire Rifles Assembly/Disassembly by J.B. Wood.
     
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    Also you might direct him to the Wikipedia page of Small Arms of 20th century. Not as good as a book but certainly alot of reading to get familiar with many different types of guns
     
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    Yes. A strong second to Ruark....the book has had a continuing influence on my life.
    Gun books: Brophy’s “The 1903 Springfield Rifle”.
     
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    I recommend the book American Rifle by Alexander Rose

    http://www.alexrose.com/american-rifle
    It can be found at Amazon, B&N, etc. A very well written and researched history that reads like a novel.

    I also suggest "Ammo and Ballistics" by Bob Forker, "Cartridges of the World" by Barnes and "Ammo Encyclopedia" by Michael Bussard. Together the 3 cover about all that can be asked and will provide years of information. The essays alone are worth the price for the valuable information they provide.
     
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    A Short History of World War II by Stokebury was one I enjoyed. Over view but very readable.

    Tales of the Gun series is a fun watch. Also, World at War is a great series if you want to get video stuff.
     
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