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Big Bang Vol. 4: European Military Rifles, 1870-1900

Big Bang Vol. 4: European Military Rifles, 1870-1900


Another short themed volume of Big Bang: The Mostly Illustrated RPG Guide to Modern Weapons. This particular volume revolves around a document published in 1889, Small Arms of the European Armies. This volume looks back at the start of the era of modern firearms, detailing a number of weapons used around the world between 1870 and 1890. Included is a copy of the public domain 1889 article, which will provides valuable insight into the struggle of small arms advancement in the military. Of special interest is the many arguments against obtaining more modern weapons; arguments that still stood when the U.S. adopted the M16 in the 1960's and with the full-auto vs. 3-round burst debates of the 1980's.

Weapons covered include the various Hotchkiss Rifles, Jarmann Rifles, Krag-Jorgensen Rifles, Kroptschek Rifles, Lebel Rifles, Lee-Metford Rifles, Remington-Keene Rifles, Vetterli Rifles, and Vitali Rifles, over 50 different firearms in all. An excellent selection of weapons for those running games in the atmosphere of revolution that swept through post-Napoleonic Europe. Many were serving as military issue weapons as late as World War I.

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June 12th, 2008
Super great... i just wish books like this were easyer to find, hard to get books on old guns like these for RPG's I just wish they ha more guns. they seem to pick and choose and ignored some good ones like not a single german gun... i know the 98 is [...]
February 22nd, 2007
While its an inexpensive product, its hard to recommend this item or consider it a good buy. Despite the hype about the numbers, it covers exactly eight rifles: the Hotchkiss Rifle (used only by the US Navy during a brief period), the Jarmann, the Krag [...]
May 13th, 2004
Another great offereing by Dana. Weapons are impeccably researched and the statistics are probably as accurate as can be for a variety of game systems. A lot of extra detail that some folks may not want, but still a great buy if just for the da [...]
May 9th, 2004
This installment is solid, good crunchy material for anyone wanting these guns in their game. The development of the weapons is well-outlined. It's a little pricy at $5 for what it delivers, unless your game is really desperate for a lot of gun detail [...]
January 24th, 2004
Fine product. A must for those GMs that run different era games. [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on October 15, 2003.