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New book. French Military Rifles. Coming soon.

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  1. von Poop

    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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    Suspect this'll be one to keep an eye out for, at least if he writes as lucidly as he presents.
    Gun Jesus Ian McCollum, of Forgotten Weapons fame, has written a book covering French Military Rifles from 1866 to the present day. Still finishing artwork etc., but think I may be buying that when it's done:
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    I watch Ian's newest vid with my first cup of coffee each morning. Few people can speak so intelligently and dispassionately about a wide range of guns. He's the new Ian Hogg.

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    I love Ian. How can you not like a hippie who's also into firearms?

    He's also one of the few people I know of who genuinely likes French weapons and gives them the attention they deserve. Even John Weeks' fine Ballantine volume about WWII small arms dismisses French rifles with a few jocose comments.
     
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    von Poop Waspish WW2|ORG Editor

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    Appalling timing for me, as I'm currently splashing out on building a new pooter while swearing off books for a bit, but a remarkable response to the Kickstarter:
    Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles, 1866 – 2016

    Oh bugger.
    It's only going to get more expensive later, isn't it...
     
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    It must be that "two nations divided by a common language" thing. "Pooter splashing" conjures up the image of a man (looking like John Cleese) tied up in a neoprene harness while a dominatrix does things to his, ahem, pooter.

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    The French have produced more than their share of quirky arms and cars! They definitely walk to a different drummer but can be innovative as well as strange. France has produced some brilliant thinkers and I hope this book conveys that. With Ian MacCallum at the helm, I think it with be so.

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    Cheapest option is $75? Oh, saw my leg off, as Mark Twain said once. I love Ian's site and the book sounds wonderful, but I'll have to wait for it to appear in libraries.
     

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