Ian McCollum


Ian McCollum is the founder, editor, and presenter of Forgotten Weapons, a decade-old online web site and video archive dedicated to preserving firearms history. His work with firearms includes a particular speciality in French arms which has led him to a deep interest in collecting these weapons. He hopes this work will help give these arms the recognition and appreciation they deserve, and so often do not receive.


Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles, 1866 - 2016

Jonathan Ferguson

Photo Credit: Royal Armouries

Photo Credit: Royal Armouries

Jonathan Ferguson is Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries Museum in the United Kingdom and a Technical Specialist with Armament Research Services (ARES). He is responsible for curating a collection which spans the full history of firearms, from the handgun of medieval times to the latest modular assault rifles. His research interests include the use and effects of firearms and the history of British military small arms. He has previously published several articles, reports, and books on these topics.



N.R. Jenzen-Jones


N.R. Jenzen-Jones is Headstamp Publishing's Director of Research, the Director of Armament Research Services (ARES), and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Reduction of Firearms Crime, Trafficking and Terrorism. His research fields include small arms and light weapons (SALW), small- and medium-calibre ammunition, incendiary weapons, hand grenades, emergent arms technologies, and conventional arms proliferation. He is a certified armourer and ammunition collector, and a member of several professional organisations.


The Emir’s New Rifles: A History of the Kabul Arsenal, 1885 – 1925

Vernon Easley


Vernon Easley is a retired military analyst and Lead Systems Engineer for government programs. His interest in 19th century Victorian arms and, by extension, indigenous Afghan production of Martini rifles and other firearms of the period, was sparked during the two years he spent in Afghanistan. Scouring the bazaars of Kabul and seeking out local sources for information, he discovered a scarcity of reliable data on the firearms found there. In the decade since, he has dedicated himself to the relentless pursuit of information on all types of service-issued Martini rifles. With access to one of the largest Martini-type rifle collections in the world, his attention to detail and analytic abilities have already generated substantial new insights into the identification and interpretation of Martini rifles from around the world.


The Emir’s New Rifles: A History of the Kabul Arsenal, 1885 – 1925


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Headstamp Publishing is actively seeking proposals from authors, artists, and photographers working on topics we cover. We are working hard to bring firearms book publication into the 21st century, and offer authors a suite of services as part of a collaborative approach to book production. We reject the idea that publishers should act only as a conduit for printers, providing minimal editing and layout services; Headstamp is committed to working closely with our authors to produce the highest-quality books. From research to editing, and photography to layout, we support our authors throughout the publications process.

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