Weapons Books

Armor Plate Press weapons books illustrate the important small arms of the 20th Century with a wealth of rare photographs showing the weapons in action. From the American Firepower series to German Machine Guns 1914–1945, these photo studies provide a unique visual reference for gun collectors, re-enactors and fine scale modelers.


US Bolt Action RiflesThe American Firepower Series:

U.S. Bolt Action Rifles

by Tom Laemlein

With the introduction of the M1903 Springfield rifle and the now-famous “Cartridge, Ball, Caliber .30, Model of 1906” the modern era of the American rifleman was born. In an age of marksmanship, where shooters from around the globe regularly fired with stunning accuracy at long range, American combat marksmen equipped with the M1903 Springfield Rifle (or the M1917 Enfield rifle) outshot them all.

This photo study is a celebration of these classic bolt-action rifles and a testament to the brave men who carried them in action. Beginning a remarkable career of combat service during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, continuing on through World War One, with multiple combats in Latin America and China during the 1920s and 1930s, and service throughout World War II, the M1903 Springfield rifle is one of the most celebrated firearms in American history. Coupled with the equally capable but lesser-known M1917 Enfield rifle, these classic battle rifles provided the backbone of American infantry firepower for the first half of the 20th Century.


Bazookas and FlamethrowersThe American Firepower Series:

Bazookas & Flamethrowers

by Tom Laemlein

The U.S. M1A1 2.36 inch rocket launcher, more commonly known as “The Bazooka”, created an incredible breakthrough in man-portable anti-tank weapons and ushered in a new era in infantry firepower. After its introduction in late 1942, the Bazooka provided the infantryman with a powerful, close-range defense against enemy tanks and American troops immediately put this new weapon to work in destroying Axis tanks and fortifications. Bazookas grew in both size and capability, and continued on in service into the 1960s. This unique photo study shows the Bazooka in action in all combat theatres during WWII, the Korean War and even the early part of the Vietnam War.

Far less celebrated, but certainly no less useful, were the flamethrowers developed during World War II by the Army’s Chemical Warfare Service. Flamethrowers, although hideous weapons, were entirely necessary components of the U.S. arsenal during World War II, the Korean War and continuing in use into the Vietnam conflict. The photos in this book, many never before published, show the development and combat use of American flamethrowers, and the brave men who used them, from 1942 until 1968.


The .45 Caliber M1911 Automatic PistolThe American Firepower Series:

The .45 Caliber M1911 Automatic Pistol

by Tom Laemlein

The .45 caliber M1911 pistol family has served the United States for nearly a century. One of the most popular and effective handguns of all time, the M1911 is truly a legend in its own time. This unique photo history shows the M1911 and M1911A1 pistols in action from the earliest days of their use in the Mexican Punitive Expedition through World War One, World War Two, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Featuring more than 200 images, many of them never before published, this book serves as a tribute to the powerful M1911 pistol and all the brave troops that carried it in conflicts all around the world.

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Thompson

The American Firepower Series:

The Thompson Submachine Gun

by Tom Laemlein

The Thompson Submachine Gun was one of the dominant weapons of WWII, and one of the most famous firearms of all time. Its .45 caliber rounds blasted the Japanese in the thick jungle underbrush, and hammered at the Germans from North Africa to the heart of the Reich. In this much-requested photo study, more than 200 classic images (many never before seen) tell the combat story of the Thompson Gun, from its initial use in Nicaragua and China before WWII, throughout the many campaigns of the Second World War and into the Korean War.


Browning .30 Caliber Machine GunsThe American Firepower Series:

The Browning .30 Caliber Machine Guns

by Tom Laemlein
Initially designed during WWI, John Moses Browning’s .30 caliber water-cooled machine gun (M1917) has been considered the finest weapon of its type ever produced. Later followed in the 1920s by an innovative air-cooled design (the M1919), the Browning .30 caliber machine guns served U.S. forces from WWI through WWII and beyond the Korean War. The images in this photo study show the .30 cal guns in action with American troops throughout their long service history, in many exciting never-before-published photos.


Browning .50 Caliber Machine GunsThe American Firepower Series:

The Browning .50 Caliber Machine Guns

by Tom Laemlein
The .50 caliber machine gun has been a supremely powerful element of the American small arms arsenal since its entry into service during the 1920s. Whatever the environment and whatever the mission, the Browning .50 caliber guns have proven themselves dominant on the battlefield. This powerful photo study, featuring many never before seen images, shows American .50 caliber weapons (both water-cooled and air-cooled) in action throughout WWII and the Korean War, showing the guns in multiple configurations and in every major combat theatre.

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BAR

The American Firepower Series:

The Browning Automatic Rifle

by Tom Laemlein

The BAR has been described as too heavy to be an automatic rifle and too light to be a true light machine gun. But these comments come from those who don’t know the combat effectiveness of this fine weapon. Developed in time to see limited action in WWI, the BAR served American forces until the late 1950s. The images in this long-awaited photo study support the GI’s love for the BAR. Offering more than 200 images, many never before seen, this book shows the BAR in combat everywhere it served from WWI through WWII and into the Korean War.


The Yanks are Coming!

The Yanks Are Coming!

by Tom Laemlein

When the U.S. entered WWI in the latter part of 1917, the American Expeditionary Force went to war without enough rifles and no indigenous machine guns. By late 1918 however, the American forces were well equipped with a broad range of weapons, including the advanced .45 cal M1911 pistol, the Browning Automatic Rifle, and the .30 cal M1917 machine gun. This photo study shows the full range of American weapons of WWI, plus French, British and Italian small arms in U.S. hands, as well as American use of French and British tanks.


German Machine Guns

German Machine Guns 1914–1945
A Study in Photographs

by Tom Laemlein

From the beginning of the Great War through all the battlefronts of World War II, Germany’s machine guns were among the most feared of all infantry weapons. This unique photo study covers every major German infantry machine gun in action—the MG08, MG08/15, MG13, MG15, MG34, MG42 and a host of captured machine guns impressed into German service. The images come from a wide range of international sources, official and private, with dozens of unpublished images originating from the German troops themselves. This is a unique study in photographs, designed for gun collectors, re-enactors, military historians, and modelers.


M1 Carbine Book

The M1 Carbine

by Tom Laemlein

The first volume in the American Firepower series depicts the M1 Carbine in combat in WWII and Korea.

Hard Cover, Size: 11″ x 81/2″, 96 pages, 100 plus duotone photos.

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M1 Garand Book

The M1 Garand

by Tom Laemlein

The second volume in the American Firepower series depicts the M1 Garand in combat in WWII and Korea.

Hard Cover, Size: 11″ x 81/2″, 96 pages, 100 plus duotone photos.


US Special RiflesU.S. Special Rifles (Carbines): The official Army Ordnance document

by Tom Laemlein

This book is based on the original US Army Ordnance reports on the development of the M1 Carbine (originally called the “light rifle”). It contains information and images of the multiple competing designs submitted for testing, including the Hyde, the Savage, the H&R (Reising), the Bendix-Hyde, the Woodhull, the Turner, the Auto-Ordnance, the Hyde-Inland, the Springfield-Garand, and the Winchester light rifle designs.

An important book for any M1 Carbine collector or U.S. martial arms enthusiast.

85 pages, fully illustrated (including images of the M1 Carbine in action in WWII)