This book provides a comprehensive account of the development of the military assault rifle and its ammunition from the Second World War to the present day.

The first part commences with a brief historical summary of the assault rifle, its origins and its development. Gun design is then examined in detail, including operating mechanisms, weapon configuration and the requirements for a good assault rifle. Ammunition design and performance is next considered as it is the key element in the characteristics of an assault rifle. Ballistics, and especially the balance between recoil and effectiveness, are therefore covered in some detail, and the requirements for 'ideal' assault rifle cartridges are identified. This leads on to a history of the assault rifle cartridge, examining the reasons for the choices made and the many experiments discarded along the way.

The second part of the book describes the national military rifle programmes from World War 2 to the present day. It presents a general history of developments in each country, including experimental programmes, before describing the principal service and experimental weapons in detail.

The book concludes with two appendices: an ammunition data table, containing details of service and many experimental cartridges, and a comprehensive glossary.

Fuller details are available on Max Popenker's site. A page for amendments and updates is HERE.

A comprehensive review was published in the September 2007 issue of Small Arms Review. It conclusion was as follows:

"Ambitious in its scope, perhaps audaciously titled considering its relatively small size, Assault Rifle comes through admirably and presents not only good value, but good reading with the promise of future usefulness as a reference and more."

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