From what I heard from the few that got some of the original first editions, it is in ENGLISH and great for those interested in French firearms. Like a fool when it first was offered I did not do a preorder because there was so many copies. MISTAKE, huge mistake! They had a rather limited printing and it sold out fast. REVIEW: https://www.forgottenweapons.com/book-r ... 1866-2016/
https://militarymatters.online/editoria ... eo-review/
This book is the first English-language work to comprehensively cover the subject, and includes all major models of French rifles:
Each chapter includes a history of the rifle’s development and its intended use, along with information concerning known variants, production numbers, markings, disassembly and mechanical operation, bayonets, and a history of deployment and combat use. French small arms have played a unique role in global firearms development, often ahead of the curve and always unique. Supported by world-class color photography and printed to the highest standards, Chassepot to FAMAS is not just a valuable reference tool but also a beautiful book worthy of any discerning library.
So as a reminder to any fools that thought they could get it cheep on flee bay or amazon--- dream on...
Ian is doing a second printing. How many I do not know. There are no books about French firearms in English. So if you are into French rifles, I strongly suggest you do not wait. Today after trading off some ammo to get some cash, I decided to get this expensive book. Cost is $95 , which is high, but in line with most gun books or academic archaeology and science books. It is hard cover, and huge-- 532 pages. Lots of photos in the one I saw. Also one would think at $95 shipping would be free, another dream on baby... it costs an additional $16 or $ 8 media mail. Total cost will be $103.
For a review or to order here is a link see : https://www.headstamppublishing.com/french-rifle-book
I expect the number to be a limited edition and will sellout again fast, especially since word got around how nice it is.
So I corrected my error. I did a pre order. They should arrive from the printer after 1 Aug. 2021.
This book will be like the K98 books by Third Party Press--- expensive , key references for niche collectors, and never seen on the used market.
I ordered because I am thinking so many may order it, that the book may go out of print while in pre order status??? Call me nuts, but like a kid I want my book. I hesitated once, learned a lesson, and I am getting a second chance. I am happy. Thank you Ian. I love French firearms and want a key reference. It costs to play.
So for you old, retired tight wads, give it some thought Maybe order one.
Funny, this was more than the cost of most surplus French rifles 30 years ago