Ospreys new Weapon series provides a highly-detailed yet affordable overview of the development, use, and impact of small arms throughout historyfrom the sword to the machine gun. In this volume, Gordon Rottman examines this history of the longest serving weapon in the U.S. militarys small arms inventory. Thoroughly researched and illustrated with rare photographs and original artwork by Johnny Shumate, the book takes readers from the origins of the fifty on the battlefields of WWI to its use in the war on terror today. Rottman provides lists of the companies that manufactured the Browning and analyzes the variants that have arisen over the years since it first entered service in 1933. He also provides descriptions and photos of how it was used on aircraft, ships, riverboats, tanks, Humvees, and by ground forces. A cutaway illustration from Alan Gilliland details the parts of the weapon and a final chapter dispels myths told about it.