A Rifleman Went to War - original (left) and reprint jackets


As mentioned on TV's History Channel and The American Rifleman


Standard Edition: A Rifleman Went to War by H.W. McBride, prologue by Jeff Cooper. McBride, an accomplished marksman of many years standing, went north to get his crack at the Western Front. Anxious to test his well honed shooting skills in actual combat, McBride resigned his commission in the Indiana National Guard to enlist in the Canadian Army. He was assigned to a wartime only unit, the 21st Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He served at the front as a rifleman, sniper and machinegunner. Although McBride did not serve in the unit throughout the war, the 21st Bn CEF was heavily engaged. Battle honors include: Mount Sorrel, Somme 1916 '18, Flers-Courcelette, Thiepval, Ancre Heights, Arras 1917 '18, Vimy 1917, Hill 70, Ypres 1917, Passchendaele, Amiens, Scarpe 1918, Drocourt-Quéant, Hindenburg Line, Canal du Nord, Cambrai 1918, Pursuit to Mons, France and Flanders 1915-18

The book is not a history of World War One but a fact filled thesis on the use of rifle, pistol and machinegun in combat. "The chapters on sniping and machinegunnery are classics and by themselves make this book worth one's while to read. Any serious student of marksmanship will be thoroughly entertained and educated. Yet this is only part of the book's value; McBride's insights about the practicalities of surviving and winning the infantry battle are true gems, and are well worth the attention of infantrymen at every level." - Marine Corps Gazette, August 1990. 425 pages, hardcover, photos.
A Rifleman Went to War $29.95

Signed leather bound edition:.A Rifleman Went to War LTC Jeff Cooper, 1920-2006. Cooper was the father of the "Modern Technique of the Pistol". As you probably know, most of Jeff Cooper's Commentaries are posted on the Web and are easily found. If you haven't read them lately, treat yourself. Highly opinionated and intolerant of fools and the ignorant, he and his work will be greatly missed.

When we reprinted A Rifleman Went to War in 1987, we needed to explain to readers why a book published in 1933 about the use of small arms in combat was still relevant. Jeff Cooper was the first name that came to mind. We narrowly beat out another publisher who had also considered a reprint. Like us, they knew that Jeff Cooper was the man to write the introduction to this old school classic.

We've been through several printings of Rifleman in the 20 years since that first, but still have a few very special copies from that first run. In addition to the regular trade copies, we had one group of 100 books bound in leather. Jeff got 50 and we got the other 50. All of them were signed by Jeff below his name on the page.

We have just a few left and think they make a superb keepsake of a man who made his mark many years ago and never thought of coasting on his reputation.
A Rifleman Went to War - Leather - Jeff Cooper Signed $135.00

Also available: The Emma Gees by H. W. McBride. The "rest of the story" from the author of A Rifleman Went to War. Published in 1918, this was McBride's first book about his service with the machine gun section in World War One. The Emma Gees was even rarer than Rifleman until the Lancer reprint that includes new biographical information from the National Archives of Canada. With chapters such as "A Fine Day for Murder" and "Snipers Barn", this is an excellent companion book to Rifleman. 220 pages, trade paperback, maps and photos.
The Emma Gees $19.95


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