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Guns of the Special Forces 2001 – 2015 (Kindle)

SAS & Elite Forces

By Leigh Neville
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 27.1 MB (.prc)
Pages: 249
ISBN: 9781473881006
Published: 14th March 2016

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In the years since 9/11 Special Forces of many nations have been in almost constant action in covert, high risk operations around the globe. These include the two long conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, fighting nationalist insurgents and jihadist terrorists, as well as other lesser known operations.

The weapons used by SF are a constant source of interest and speculation, as are SF training, methods and vehicles.

The armouries of these elite units have developed rapidly to meet their demands and the ever more sophisticated threat. They include for example suppressed piston-driven carbines, programmable grenade launchers that airburst behind hidden enemy and sniper rifles of extreme accuracy and range.

This highly researched book gives the reader a privileged insight into this secret world exploring the custom-built weapons that operators carry on capture/kill missions in the 21st Century.

After about 40 pages in, I had a clear idea of the work and can say that it is a serious, rigorous and thorough study on the weapons and accessories used by special forces between 2001 and 2015.

The structure of the book is clear and logical, beginning with small arms and following in progressions with rifles, carbine and sniper weapons, with accessories such as grenades, grenade launchers and rockets.

It really is a very interesting and useful work, both as general documentation and as a reference work when painting our figures in actual combat or preparing small dioramas or vignettes representative of their action.

With direct language and without frills, Neville gives us a little lecture on weapons and accessories used by special forces between 2001 and 2015.

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

Recent military operations in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq have shown up new weapon designs being used by various armies from around the world. These are in use alongside the standard issue weapons such as the British SA80 and the newer, lightweight types popular with Special Forces. This interesting title is a look at what is currently in use around the world with assault teams, snipers and as a personal defence weapons. Some are futuristic, but the pistols are the same design.

The author clearly knows his subject but the text reads like a collection of magazine features. Interesting in itself, which allows the reader to pick up anywhere. One question is why, a book on guns, strays into the realms of grenades and rockets for a short spell. Despite this, the book is good for keeping up to date on modern weapons developments.

Gun Mart - John Norris

... This book is clearly written by an author who is equally passionate and au fait about this topic. This is presented both through his clear and easy to follow style but also his numerous anecdotes gained from past and present Special Forces operatives and his own personal experiences. I cannot think of another recent single volume that covers this topic in such an exceptional manner. For me, the author achieves the goal he outlines within his introduction and for this he should be applauded. In short, anybody with an interest in the weapons of modern Special Forces should certainly own this book.

Miniature Wargames with Battlegames - Lewis Kenyon

Leigh Neville is an Australian who has written over a dozen titles on modern warfare issues and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This most recent book focuses on the hardware used by the combatants and has 9 chapters with each allocated to each category of military small arms, from pistols to grenades and grenade launchers, with all the other small are categories including automatic weapons and sniper equipment.

There is a lot of information in each chapter and it is enlightening to find out what a large variety of firearms are used, with pistols being a particular standout.

Guns Australia, July/September 2016 – Jack Crawford

... This highly researched book gives the reader a privileged insight into this secret world exploring the custom-built weapons that operators carry on capture/kill missions in the 21st Century. This a book for anyone interested in modern small arms.

Classic Arms & Militaria, August-September

This color-illustrated reference for general readers, students, and others
features color photos on every page; because many photos are of real special
operators in training and on missions, many faces are obscured. The book gives
details on the weapons used by American, British, Australian, Canadian, and
European military special operations forces (SOF) active in conflicts in the
Middle East and Africa. The introduction gives an overview of types of special
forces operations, such as hostage rescue, counterinsurgency, counter
terrorism, and unconventional warfare. The next eight chapters give details on
types of weapons: combat pistols, submachine guns, assault rifles, marksman
rifles, combat shotguns, sniper rifle, automatic weapons, and grenades and
rockets. Each chapter highlights how these weapons are used during operations
in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other battlefields such as Mali and
Somalia. Historical background in each chapter explains why and how certain
weapons systems and types are used. The final chapter assesses lessons learned
from Afghanistan and Iraq operations.

Protoview

A cut above most of the books that purport to review special ops weapons. Its limitation to the War on Terror years allows coverage of the many weapon developments that have taken place as special operations units have been constantly deployed and in action over the last decade and a half.

SWAT Magazine, January 2017

About Leigh Neville

Leigh Neville is an Australian author who has written over a dozen titles on modern special operations forces, small arms, sniping and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has also consulted on military topics for several wargame companies and television documentary makers.

After working as a consultant for a number of international firms, Leigh became a full-time writer in 2014. He has written books for Osprey Publishing and Pen & Sword along with magazine articles for History of War and Real Crime magazines. He has also developed wargame rules for Ambush Alley Games, Too Fat Lardies and served as technical consultant for Warfighter from DVG Games.

He lives in Sydney with his wife and two dogs. He can be contacted via his website at www.leighneville.com.

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