There is a small but growing genre out there that exists in the intersection between history, mechanical engineering, and the intrigue that often surrounds the world of small arms weapons manufacturing. Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment, as current and former Soldiers and Law Enforcement Officers, there is a tremendous amount of misinformation, exaggerated claims, and just plain BS all around the skill sets that are part and parcel to our line of work. Three of the big ones that I hear the most nonsense about are hand to hand combat, physical fitness, and yes, firearms of every type. It doesn’t help matters that many periodicals and publishers put out material that does a disservice to the men and women involved in this issues and who need accurate information.

Yeah, I’m looking at you, British journalists who have a childishly superficial view towards modern firearms.

If you want to read a book written by a couple professionals who have the experience and technical background to write about weapons, combined with solid research, pick up “The Mac Man” written by Frank Iannamico and Don Thomas.

I just finished reading this 500 page book and it is comprehensive to say the least!

Much like Kalashnikov, Gordon Ingram was largely inspired by his World War Two service to start designing his own weapons. Gordon crossed paths with many colorful characters in and out of the military as it turns out, such as Sergeant Rudolph Bolter, who fought for the Kaiser during the First World War, and later immigrated to the US and was one of Gordon’s machine gun instructors at Ft. Benning. Bolter also fought in the Congo with the Belgian Army, Spain with the Republicans, and later with the IRA in Northern Ireland.

The Mac Man follows Gordon’s entire career as a weapons designer and engineer while including hundreds of photographs and technical details about the submachine guns he developed, mostly the Ingram MAC-10 and MAC-11.

While Gordon seems like a straight shooter, he unfortunately made some very poor business decisions, particularly in choosing who to take on as business partners. Time and time again, Gordon got cheated out of the profits that were derived from his hard work and innovation. Despite jet-setting all over the world, pitching and selling his weapons, he experienced few successes during his lifetime. More often than not, it was some fat cat on the board of directors that walked away with a six-figure salary.