The AR-15 rifle is now as much a part of American history as the much venerated 1911 pistol. Following up on the success of Vickers Guide: AR-15 Volume 1 is AR-15 Volume 2 Second Edition. The first edition of Volume 2 has been sold out for quite some time and many customers have been itching to get a copy of their own. However, just like with Volume 1, Vickers has partnered up with new contributors and subject matter experts and added hundreds of pages of entirely new content to form the second edition of Vickers Guide: AR-15 Volume 2, which is available to purchase now.
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Vickers Guide: AR-15 (Volume 2) Second Edition Now Available
Picking up where Volume 1 left off, Vickers Guide: AR-15 (Volume 2) covers the explosive growth of the AR-15 platform in the post-Vietnam era to the present day, from the widely-fielded M4 and M16A4 variants to the lesser known prototypes such as the Colt MARS personal defense weapon and Colt SCAR carbine. Along the way, Vickers Guide showcases the firearm types used during the Global War on Terror, the rebirth of the AR-10 platform in the form of the SR-25, and development of law enforcement and civilian carbines. Volume 2 also touches on the early days of the now ubiquitous MIL-STD-1913 “Picatinny” rail and the expansion of the AR-15 platform into alternate calibers. Of special interest to many AR-15 enthusiasts, this book delves into variants that have been developed around the globe beyond the United States.
Featuring over 120 rifles plus numerous examples of cartridges, magazines, and firearm components, this massively expanded Second Edition of Vickers Guide: AR-15 (Volume 2) takes the reader on visits to private collections, Colt’s Manufacturing Company, Heckler & Koch, the Institute of Military Technology, Lewis Machine & Tool, and the Rock Island Arsenal Museum to present firearms that have simply never been available for view by the general public.
Joining authors Larry Vickers and James Rupley, renown AR-15 subject matter expert Christopher Bartocci has come on-board as a co-author to bring significant new insight into the development of the AR-15. And with further insight offered by a wide range of additional subject matter experts, this Vickers Guide is a must-have for any serious firearms enthusiast.
The Second Edition of the book features a total of 272 more pages, 70 more firearms, and 349 more quality photos than the previous edition. Just like all Vickers Guide books, there will be several trims available depending on your preferences. The Standard Edition will be sold for $109, the Signature Edition for $139, and the Slipcase edition, featuring a Woodland camouflage pattern, for $169. Additionally, the slipcase can be purchased for $60 on its own.
Fellow TFB Writer Rusty has given similar books from Vickers Guide very glowing reviews and customer response to these books has always been warm and positive, even if the books are a tad bit on the expensive side. Vickers Guide: AR-15, Volume 2 is available for pre-order now and should start shipping approximately in August of 2022. Let us know if you have any Vickers Guide books and what you think of them down in the comments!