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This painstakingly researched volume covers the armament and ammunition that have served the SEALs, tracing each weapon from the development stage to its current form. Also included are exclusive accounts from those who first witnessed these weapons in action. Written with the cooperation of the UDT/SEAL Museum Association in Florida, and packed with detailed information and photos, this book offers fresh insight into the technology that has for decades sustained the Navy SEALs as an unstoppable military force-and continues to make them the most dangerous warriors in the world.
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Kevin Dockery has been a soldier in the President's Guard under Presidents Nixon and Ford, a grade-school teacher, radio broadcaster, gunsmith, and historian. He even spent time in Iraq and Kuwait during Desert Storm as what he refers to as a “corporate mercenary.” As a noted military historian, he has written a number of books on the history of the Navy SEALs and the lives of the men who lived that history. He is the author of Weapons of the Navy SEALs, Future Weapons, Stalkers and Shooters, Operation Thunderhead, and the Navy SEALs Oral History series.From Publishers Weekly:
Mercenaries, arms merchants and military reenactors will delight in this exhaustive, obsessively detailed compendium of knives, pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, explosives and ammo used by the celebrated commando outfit through the years. Historian and gunsmith Dockery covers virtually every weapon ever hefted by a Navy SEAL from World War II onward, chronicling the often byzantine development processes of significant weapons like the M-16 rifle and the M-60 machine gun, taking note of modifications introduced in successive models or improvised by soldiers in the field, and providing intricate explanations of firing mechanisms that only engineers will be able to follow. Specs are summarized in short, catalog-style entries listing a plethora of data, including rate of fire, range and the dimensions and weight of the weapon and its components, right down to the carrying sling. The thickets of technical information are occasionally relieved by short, action-packed stories of SEALS wreaking havoc on their enemies ("the rain of steel-jacketed 7.62mm projectiles cut through the ranks of the Al-Qaida sic"). Casual readers may find their eyes glazing over, but hard-core military buffs will deem this a valuable reference. Photos.
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