There have been several questions posted regarding the status of “Volume III.” I’m working with the authors; Frank Hackley, Bill Woodin, and Gene Scranton on Volume III’s graphics and editing, and Frank asked me to pass this along to Forum users.
“There are 20 chapters covering U.S. Military Small Arms Ammunition from 1946 through 1977 (in some cases this is extended into the 1980’s to complete the coverage of some types), 4 Appendices and Glossary. The completed draft will probably print-out at over 550 pages including over 900 drawings and 150 box-label photographs. The Foreword is written by Thomas F. Cosgrove, who started his government career in 1947 assigned to OCO Small Arms Division and remained as the Small Arms representative for the U.S. Army in Wash.,D.C. until his retirement in 1987.The Appendices, includes a complete a List of Manufacturers, Model (M&XM) Numbers, Test (T) Numbers and Frankford Arsenal Test (FAT) Numbers. At present, we are planning on publishing Vol. III in 2012. What remains to be done is to put the manuscript in final format including editing, complete about 50 drawings, find a publisher or self-publish and get it printed. Because of the page count, there is a possibility that Vol. III may have to published in two parts, but this has not been decided as yet.”
Believe me, the authors are as anxious to get Volume III in your hands as you are to have it, and are working hard to make that happen soon while still maintaining the quality of Vols I and II. From what I’ve seen so far, the wait will be well worth it. BTW, the book’s coverage ending date of 1977 coincides with Frankford Arsenal’s closing date in the same year.