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- OK for reference but not that useful overall.
This book is somewhat dated, apparently not having been updated in several years. While there is much interesting information, a lot is lacking. For example, in the section on bullets there is no discussion of the various lubrication techniques used to reduce friction when a bullet is fired such as copper plating or incorporating carbon into the lead, i.e. black lead. In fact, the index has no listing for lubrication.
The fireman mechanisms section is way too general and the drawing details somewhat difficult to see.
The section on reloading is largely useless and is not even mentioned in the index.
Finally, it would have been nice to have more of a written history of firearms instead of just a list of dates on firearm and ammo development.
Still, there is enough useful information in the book to make it useful as a reference which is why I gave it three stars instead of two.
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