Vickers Guide: AR-15 Volume 1 Now Available

Print is most certainly not dead, especially when it comes to full-color guide books of one of the most iconic rifles in history. The Vickers Guide: AR-15 Volume 1 is available just in time for the holiday season. Packed with over 350 pages of impressive photography by James Rupley and detailed historic information, the most recent release of the Vickers Guide will be at home on any gun room workbench or den coffee table.

A limited version will be available for $250 and includes a personal message and signature from the man himself as well as a few stylistic upgrades. The standard version of the book retails for $95 and started shipping on December 12th.


Born in 1957 in a small workshop in Hollywood, California and rushed into service for testing and assessment during war in Vietnam, the AR-15 has proven to be the most adaptable and longest lasting of all standard U.S. service rifles. Still in use today in the U.S. and around the world in the form of the M16, M4 and other variants, the AR-15 has defied attempts to replace it.

In this first volume of Vickers Guide: AR-15, Larry Vickers – renown special operations combat veteran, firearms instructor and small arms expert – revisits the earliest days of the AR-15, providing details of the rifles that influenced it as well as highlighting the features which were without precedent. Due to the longevity of the AR-15, many features and details of the earliest rifles have been lost to today’s enthusiasts, and it is therefore with great pride that we re-introduce these rifles and their beauty in form and function.

Featuring over 70 rifles, Vickers Guide: AR-15 (Volume 1) gives the reader a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse into some of the rarest and most historically unique rifles in the AR family. Through visits to private collections, Colt’s Manufacturing Company and the Institute of Military Technology at Knight’s Armament, Vickers Guide is able to present firearms that have simply never been available for view by the general public. Additionally, expert insight by C. Reed Knight, Jr., art by acclaimed military painter James Dietz, and replica builds with historical commentary by subject matter specialists make this Vickers Guide sequel a must-have for any serious firearms enthusiast.

Vickers Guide: AR-15 presents this highly curated collection of firearms in the AR family in never before seen detail on larger than life, wide format, full color prints in a linen covered hardback. Vickers Guide: AR-15 is the next best thing to having these exceptional collector’s grade rifles in your own personal collection.

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Vickers Guide: AR-15 (Volume 1) is a premium quality, collector’s grade, coffee table reference book. All books contain the following features:

  • 352 pages
  • 13″ wide by 11″ tall (approx.)
  • Commercial quality, section sewn style binding which allows the book to lay open flat
  • Full color prints on premium quality photo paper stock
  • Foil stamped, (Olive Drab) Green linen hardcover
  • Full color protective dust jacket
  • Ribbon page marker
  • In addition to the above Standard Edition, two premium versions of the book are available:

Signature Version
Hand signed by Larry Vickers:

  • Limited Edition Premium Version (Limited to 250 Books)
  • Personal Message Hand Written and Signed by Larry Vickers
  • Limited Edition Slip Case (x of 250)
  • Limited Edition Numbered Signature (x of 250)
  • Limited 19×13″ Color Print of AR-15 Serial Number 000001 Signed by Larry Vickers (x of 250)

Buy The Vickers Guide: AR-15


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  • Gabriel

    $250?? Does it come with a case of 556?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      All the pop-out pages come together to form a working rifle.

      • Rnasser Rnasser

        You guys are a tough audience… 😀

      • USMC03Vet

        So this book has to be shipped to an FFL…

        • Pete – TFB Writer

          Ha! Thanks for that.

    • Rick O’Shay

      Standard version is “only” $95…

  • I hope they smell like crisp, new books and not Crisc…Fireclean.

  • Garmanarnar

    352 pages? That’s almost as big as La… No, no.. I’m better than that.

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Looks pretty cool, wonder how they got their hands on some of the rarer rifles…

    • Raven

      I think Vickers probably worked with Reed Knight for that, dude’s got the most insane AR collection.

  • Don Ward

    I’m only here to read the Fireclean and fat jokes.

  • Blake

    Was super bummed to see it come out to $95 for the base version. Pretty pathetic no matter what way you look at it. I still succumbed to buying one though, shipped today and I can’t wait to get it.

    • Oggy M. Galdeidirkson

      Got the special edition today.

      Larry DOES indeed sign each with his personal message from Vickers Tactical™. In mine he inked a personal novella. The premise therein surmised; a bit of money, fools, and even something about me soon becoming ‘parted’. Besides offering personalized hairstyle premonitions, this timeless keepsake from Larry provides your coffee table with an unprecedented level of vigilance

      • Blake

        I almost paid the extra $30 for his signature, but damn you actually paid over $200 just to have it with something you came up with written in his handwriting in it?

  • Herr Wolf

    The AR15 is one of the few worthwhile things to come out of Hollywood.

  • Ambassador Vader

    I can’t wait for the Vickers’ autographed bridge to hit the market.

  • Badwolf