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M3 Grease Gun Coming from Osprey Books

UK based Osprey Publishing tells us they're releasing the latest in their Weapons series this May: Weapon 46, The M3 Grease Gun. Penned by prolific writer Leroy Thompson, author of such books as Dead Clients Don't Pay, The M1 Garand and at least 50 other books from assorted publishers, The M3 Grease Gun is illustrated by Adam Hook and Alan Gilliland.

The M3 Grease Gun from Osprey Publishing

Influenced by the German MP 40 and the British Sten, the .45­caliber M3 “Grease Gun” served as the primary U.S. submachine gun for almost a half century. Designed to replace the expensive Thompson SMG, the M3 was issued to airborne troops thanks to its compact design with sliding wire stock, also being favored by armored crews right up to 1991's Operation Desert Storm.

In Korea and Vietnam, reconnaissance troops and special-operations forces were at times armed with the M3A1–also available in a suppressed version–and it was the first SMG issued to the US counter-terrorist unit Delta Force. Featuring full-color artwork, firsthand accounts, and archive and close-up photographs, this is the engaging story of the M3 submachine gun.

Osprey Publishing M3 Grease Gun Plate Leroy Thompson

A color plate from inside the book.

Pre-order the new book from Amazon here or pre-order from Osprey Publishing right here. It's currently slated for release May 19, 2016.

Of you need something to read right now Osprey has a number of books available this month. Among them are Chris McNab's The Barrett Rifle: Sniping and anti-materiel rifles in the War on Terror and US Marines in World War I by Ed and Catherine Gilbert.

Osprey describes the latter thusly,

The words ‘Retreat? Hell, we just got here' have become a central part of the legend of the US Marine Corps, indicative of its reputation for dogged determination and bravery. Uttered at the height of the fierce battle for Bellau Wood, the phrase came to define the Corps, establishing their ‘first to fight' ethos in the public eye.
This history follows the experiences of the Marines during the Great War, from their training in the US and France through the fighting in the trenches and battlefields of the Western Front and right up to their occupation duties in the Rhineland. Packed with first-hand accounts and detailed information from the USMC History Division at Quantico, and published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of America's involvement in World War I, this is a timely analysis of one of the US Marine Corps' finest hours.

Of the former Osprey says,

The Barrett M82A1 and its derivatives are among the most successful sniping rifles ever manufactured. Now entering its fourth decade of service, the short-recoil, semi-automatic system is capable of firing a devastating .50-caliber round with lethal accuracy over distances of more than 2km. Unconfirmed reports from Afghanistan in 2012 accredit the Barrett with one of history's longest ever kills at 2,815m. This is the technical history of a rifle initially developed as a sporting firearm, but which evolved into a long-range sniping rifle and a formidable military anti-materiel tool, designed to neutralize everything from enemy vehicles to parked aircraft. Adopted by snipers across the world, the Barrett rifles have seen active service in Operation Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan and have become an important addition to police, armed services, and Special Forces units alike.

You can see everything available this month from Osprey right here.

Osprey Publishing M3 Grease Gun Plate Leroy Thompson 3


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