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Carl Walther - The World Famous Thuringian Arms Factory 1886-1945


By Wolf-Dietrich Roth


A unique history and contemporary documentation of the Carl Walther Waffenfabrik, Zella-Mehlis, Germany, including the story of the founder, Walther family members, managers, personnel, manufacturing processes and procedures, the turbulent times surrounding involving production during WWI and WWII, and the Walther family involvement in the National Socialist regime. Fateful Years includes scores of never-before seen photos of the company facilities, personnel, as well as pistol and shoulder arms produced over the decades by the company. These include Walther pocket pistols, the famous PP, PPK, and P.38 as well as the company's short history in developing and producing the WWII G.41, G.43, and K.43 rifles for the German Wehrmacht. Originally written and published in German, Fateful Years, has been faithfully translated, expanded and printed in English in the United States for historians, collectors and small arms enthusiasts.



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President & CEO

Colonel W. Darrin Weaver (Ret.) MPA PA-C

Darrin raises cattle with his family in Central Texas, and serves as the CEO of Front Sight Post Publishing LLC. Darrin served an enlisted tour in the Berlin Brigade's 5/502nd Infantry. He was selected for Officer Candidate School and commissioned upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma as a Physician Assistant in 1994. He later earned a Masters from the University of Nebraska. He served with several armored, infantry and cavalry units to include Joint Task Force-6, left active duty in 1999, and continued service in the Veteran's Administration, and the Texas Army National Guard. Darrin served a tour in Iraq as a battalion medical officer, and flew MEDEVAC and CASEVAC missions in support of Multi-National Corps-Iraq and Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component operations.

Darrin has a keen interest in and has done extensive research on the German wartime economy, industrial practices, and production methodologies. His other published works include Hitler’s Garands: German Self-Loading Rifles of WWII (2000), Desperate Measures: Last-Ditch Weapons of the Nazi Volkssturm (2005), Mauser Pistolen (2008), Kunststoffe: A Collector’s Guide to German World War II Plastics and their Markings (2008), and An Encyclopedia of German Tradenames and Trademarks 1900-1945 (2010), as well as numerous articles in medical and firearms-related periodicals. Darrin is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the National Rifle Association.

Chief Creative Officer & Art Director

Sam Franks

Sam has been a full-time, commercial product photographer and designer in Waco, Texas for over 20 years. Sam’s work has been published in numerous books & magazines, such as Cowboys & Indians, and Texas Monthly.

As a brand, product, and and lifestyle photographer, he has worked for several national brands including: Junk Gypsy, Old Gringo Boots, Lane Boots, Leota’s, and Bohlin.

His prestigious work and easy-to-work-with attitude has attracted clientele from coast to coast and as far as Canada, but he keeps his feet and roots firmly planted in Central Texas. When he’s not working, you’ll find this collector of tattoos and Shiner Beer enthusiast checking out live music somewhere under the Texas stars with his best gal.

Chief Marketing Officer & Web Presence Director

Jason Weaver

Jason is a Human Capital Management consultant and professional speaker by trade, and Darrin's younger brother. When Jason is not performing presentations around the United States in his day job for a major international software company, he maintains the Front Sight Post Publishing website, social media channels, and email accounts. In addition, he performs promotions, directs marketing efforts, and consults with Darrin on upcoming projects. 

Jason is a proud father and husband, and a huge Pacific Northwest sports fan and European soccer enthusiast (Come On You Spurs!). Travel is his favorite past time, and considers London his spiritual home. 


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