This book provides a clear and concise breakdown of 500 handguns and submachine guns from all over the world, including early designs and those being deployed today. The weapons are grouped into two directories: pistols and revolvers, then submachine guns. Both are organized by country of manufacture, covering the globe from China to Czech Republic and the United States to Egypt. For each weapon, there is an expert summary of the gun's development, its use in battle or defence, and its subsequent popularity or phasing out. The entries each have a quick-glance statistics box, showing their technical information. Clear and vivid photography of the weapons completes each entry, giving gun enthusiasts a complete, illustrative guide for easy reference.