Dolf L. Goldsmith
An extremely important addition to machine gun lore and an essential reference book for machine gun collectors. To have all this wide-spread information in one source is truly beneficial.
At long last, a reference book for vintage machine gun support equipment and accessories. This is it, the Handbook, the MG equipment Bible. Comprehensive. Authoritative. Essential.
Superbly done historical compilation of the fielded support accessories that no collector or machine gun aficionado should be without. A sincere thank you to Mr. Robert Segel and everyone that contributed to make this a truly unique reference for the machine gun community. Without it so much of this information would be lost forever to future generations.
The quality and detail of the color photographs is unequaled. Mr. Segel has done an extraordinary job in bringing these items to life for all collectors and researchers. And as to content, there is a "wow" on almost every page. This book is well worth the money and belongs in everyone's library.
Press and Reviews
Military Trader Magazine. December 2019.
Books In Brief review by John Adams-Graf
October 7, 2019. Book Review by Philip Schreier,
Senior Curator, NRA Museums.
June 2, 2019. Ian McCollum. 5 min, 45 sec.
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Handbook of Machine Gun Support Equipment and Accessories 1895-1945 was a showcased product in Firearms News.
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About the Author
Robert Segel has had an interest in machine guns ever since he was nine years old. His father gave him a dewat (deactivated war trophy) Sten Mk. II machine carbine that was bought at a local gun show for the princely sum of $25. Robert's collection of live classic machine guns, and their accessories, began in the late 1970s.
Robert started writing articles in his spare time in 1990 for the old Machine Gun News magazine. When that publication folded, he became a Contributing Editor for Small Arms Review magazine. His articles concentrated on the early classic World War I and World War II machine guns and all the accessories and memorabilia associated with them. In 2004, Robert became the Senior Editor for Small Arms Review. In 2009 he became the Senior Editor for Small Arms Defense Journal magazine. Robert retired from those periodicals in 2015, but continues to write for Small Arms Review with a monthly column entitled Machine Gun Memorabilia.
Robert has had over 400 articles on early machine guns published in seven countries including the United States, England, Poland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Korea and the UAE. He is an acknowledged contributor in 22 highly regarded reference books, and is the author of three machine gun related children's coloring books (published by Chipotle Publishing LLC.) Robert is married, has two children, three grandchildren and lives in the beautiful state of Wisconsin.