What People Are Saying
“Bill Vanderpool’s Guns of the FBI offers considerably more than the title promises — not merely the guns themselves, but the men who used them, the fights they won with them, the policies that chose them, and the training programs that sustained them. It’s the rare book that’s both encyclopedic and colorful!” ~ Stephen Hunter, author of G-Man
“For law enforcement and gun aficionados, as well as history buffs, this book is a great read. I’m proud to have it as part of my personal library.” ~ John Wills, former FBI firearms instructor and SWAT team member, review on Officer.com
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About The Book
Get the untold story of America’s top cops, their firepower and how they use it in Guns of the FBI: A History of the Bureau’s Firearms and Training. The expansive and exclusive study takes you through the locked doors of the clandestine agency for an agent’s eye-view at the tools of the G-men’s trade. From the revolvers that battled John Dillinger to the sniper rifles that combat terrorism today, never has the shooting public gotten a more explicit look at the FBI and its hardware.
The second book in Gun Digest’s acclaimed Heritage Series, Guns of the FBI is a riveting insider’s tour of the law-enforcement agency’s weapons through the years, penned by a man who dealt with them first hand. Veteran special agent and firearms expert Bill Vanderpool treats readers to his lifetime of experience and years of research to uncover the evolution of the bureau’s firearms, equipment, training facilities and tactics. Vanderpool has readers busting up dimly lit speakeasies with pump-action shotguns and clearing rooms in Quantico’s cutting edge shooting courses in a matter of pages.
More than just a gun book, Guns of the FBI is a study into the tools that make the bureau tick and is a must-have addition for any serious history buff or student of the gun. The handsome hardcover is ideal for armed citizens shooting for a new perspective on training, the gun collector searching for a deeper take of law-enforcement arms or the plain old crime-history buff who wants to round out their knowledge. Whatever the interest, Guns of the FBI proves arresting.
-Before the FBI
-The Gangster ERA
-A Place to Shoot
-The Trigger Pull Test
-The Possible Club
-Firearms Training Unit (FTU)
-Thompson Submachine Guns
-The Miami Shootout, April 11, 1986
-Shotguns… Then and Now
-The Best Job in the World
-Leather… And Other Materials
-Principle Firearms Instructors (PFI)
-The First Glock
-FBI Adopts the Glock 9mm
-The Hostage Rescue Team (HRT)
-A New Qual Course
-Adoption of the 9mm 147-Grain JHP by the FBI
-The Practical Pistol Course
-FBI Revolver Course and Techniques
-Sample Early Ammunition Test Sheets
-The Shooting FBI
-An Update on FBI Firearms Training
-The Firing Line
About the Author
Bill Vanderpool is a retired Special Agent with the FBI. He was a sniper on the agency’s SWAT Team at Washington Field Office, until transferred to the FBI Academy at Quantico as a member of the Firearms Training Unit. Vanderpool is the only agent in FBI history to have fired a “Possible” — an official perfect score — in both the FBI and the FBI’s National Academy. He now lives in Northern Virginia, where he continues to shoot, reload and share photography and travel with his wife, Nancy.