“Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles, 1866 – 2016” by Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons

Headstamp Publishing is excited to announce the launch of a Kickstarter pre-order campaign for our first book, Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles, 1866 – 2016, authored by Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons.

Chassepot to FAMAS is an engaging and comprehensive reference work, offering the first detailed insight into French military rifle development in the English language, paired with the highest quality photographs and design. This is a book for enthusiasts, researchers, and collectors, and as much an authoritative historical work as it is a work of art.

We are offering several beautiful editions all printed in the USA, as well as Kickstarter-exclusive rewards. We’ll be giving backers exclusive access to behind-the-scenes content, and we have set out a range of stretch goals which will help us to make the book the best it possibly can be.

Ian, N.R. Jenzen-Jones & James Rupley have formed Headstamp Publishing to produce and publish this book. With the launch of this work and several more currently in progress, Headstamp is poised to deliver works that set the gold standard in firearms and military history reference books.

The campaign is now live! You can back the project here at

8 Responses to ““Chassepot to FAMAS: French Military Rifles, 1866 – 2016” by Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons”

  1. Graeme Harbin says:

    Thank you to Headstamp Publishing for what is a simply fantastic looking book! Very pleased to see good scholarship on firearms return.

  2. Duncan says:

    Cue the “how do you defend Paris?” And “never been fired, only dropped once” jokes.

    • SpankDaddyCool says:

      Louis XVI gave his head to help us win the revolution, never really understood the French hate and British love…. the Brits did burn down the White House. Had a much better time with the French in Africa than the Brits anywhere. Viva la France!

  3. Adun says:

    I started reading the header and thought “Ian McCollum” is going to love this one, then I saw who the author was in the second line and got a chuckle.

    • Sommerbiwak says:

      He talked about writing this book a few times over the last few years. A few months ago he and his compagnons founded thier firm head stamp publishing and announced to finance the printing via kickstarter.
      Good that it has commenced. Should really not be a problem, as the kickstarter is only for the printing. The book is written, edited and layouted already. I hope it breaks the bonus threchold for the tricolore bookmarks. That is really going to make my book look gorgeous. And U$D85 is for such a specialty book cheap actually. And it fills a gap in my gun nerd knowledge.

  4. TheScrutineer says:

    If you buy in on the kick starter for a standard edition book this thing is so over funded at this point you are getting a limited edition, collectible grade book with silver gilt on the page’s edges all due to the stretch goals upgrading the heck out of the standard edition. This is way more than $85.00 worth of book at this point. Start your gun book collection with this baby!

  5. Jay says:

    Really cool

  6. Joe says:

    I need Ian to walk through his FAMAS explaining how the lock system and layout wouldn’t jive with modern manufacturing.

    Revamp it without stampings and with optic/accessory mounts?

    I know, Tavor, AUG, Desert Tech, Kel Tec, FN, shut up.