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Vickers New AR15 Guide

Larry’s new expanded edition of Volume 1 of the AR15 guide arrived today. You may notice the name of some one familiar in it.

Certainly the most learned of the four authors of the book. But I am biased. I could say some very negative true things about Bartocci, but I will let self control get the better of me on it today. I want you to note Dan there and give him the approbation he deserves. Congrats, Dan.

And big thank you to Brent, of the Colt Ar15 Resource and now a member of the looserounds family.

I may try to show some pictures from it later but I need to see what I can share without Larry Delta Forcing me for copyright violation.

8 thoughts on “Vickers New AR15 Guide”

  1. I’ve been looking at purchasing Vickers’ books. What do you think of the information in them and the production values?

    • looks fucking beautiful. skips a Mount Everest amount of information and technical details on a hell of a lot of things. The Black Rifle I is a better book for pure information for people like me and you. it is a superb coffee table book for flipping through to enjoy super professorial photos of the things it does talk about though. For pure technical and historic information I don’t think I can recommend buying it. A good example of how it goes. I the civilian models section it goes from the SP-1 to the model 6551 which is the closest to a semi auto A2. it doesnt mention the R6400, the 6401 etc etc. None of the transitional models and their differences.

      • That’s the sort of thing I want to know – because I really want the technical information. Pro photos are always nice, because I can pull a great deal of detail from them (I’ve actually re-created parts from high quality photos), but some of the best books I have are filled with arcane, obscurant, highly detailed technical information.

        An example of the books I like are the books of William S. Brophy. His book on LC Smith shotguns is the sort of thing that I paid up hundreds of dollars to own. Ditto his book on 1903 Springfields.

        For gun writers: Want to write an outstanding gun book? Look at either Bill Brophy’s books, or the Jerry Kuhnhausen books. Kuhnhausen’s books have detailed drawings with dimensions in them – that’s the sort of book that gunsmiths can actually use.

  2. I distinctively remember being a Wikipedia editor back in the early 2000s—in my (nerdy) early/mid teens—and often seeing a certain “D.E. Watters” adding and correcting info in many of the small arms articles I watched. One time I even reached out to ask about something that only his encyclopaedic knowledge would have an answer for at the time.

    At least 15 years later, as I research for an old-school tactical PC game I became involved with, I come across this post. Crazy world we live in!

    Congrats, Mr. Watters,

    —Squalla from Wikipedia

  3. Glad to see that the book is getting a positive response.

    My marching orders stated that we were not trying to replace The Black Rifle. So I broke things down into smaller sections that could be salted throughout the book as space allowed.


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