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By John O'Bryan

ISBN-10: 1452110549

ISBN-13: 9781452110547

Someday a prehistoric man picked up a rock and threw it at anything. And the historical past of guns started. Comedy author and weapon nerd John O'Bryan relays the freaky highlights of man's centuries-old obsession with weaponry. He hilariously explains the mace, the morning megastar, and the fellow catcher, whereas conveying authentic information regarding each one weapon: its background, makes use of, and badass capability. Flipping via history's highlights, readers will know about Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, and the "peaceful" Shaolin clergymen. This final compendium of amazing guns provides all of the strangely precise information certain to galvanize anyone who's ever made a gun with their arms and stated, "PEW-PEW-PEW!"

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Afforded safe conditions for civilians and war planners. The rubblized buildings acted the same as a present-day burster slab or rock rubble layer which defeats an incoming round by causing it to turn sharply because of edge effects of building material slabs. Such rapid change in trajectory produces forces against the munition that exceed the strength of the casing and the weapon fails to detonate. On Iwo Jima the US Marines suffered their greatest losses in the World War II because the Japanese were able to take defensive advantage from natural cavities in the honeycombed volcanic rocks of the island (Thomey, 1995).

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