A compendium of the most important infantry weapons of the last 100 years, including German and British guns of the World Wars and subsequent infantry weapons. Featured weapons include the most important small arms used by both sides in World War I and II, such as the German Kar 98 and British rifle No 4, MkI, both of which were developed in the 19th century but were still in widespread service in 1945. Contains post war weapons such as the famous Kalashnikov range of assault rifles and machine guns: the AK-47, AK-101, RPK and AKS-74. Also featured are submachine guns which include the world famous models of World War II - the German MP38 and 40, British Sten and Russian PPSh41 and comes right up to date with the MP5 range produced by Heckler & Koch as well as the Israeli Uzi and FN Herstal's futuristic P90. Sniper rifles in use with the world's armies such as the Barrett M82A1, Accuracy International L96A1 and SIG SSG3000 plus pistols such as the British Webley, German Walther PP and Luger and American Colt M1911. Each weapon featured in illustrated by a photograph and accompanied by text detailing its design features and service history plus comprehensive specifications tables.