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.


  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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