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About Wet Dog Publications

Wet Dog Publications was established in 1998, we are a small business dedicated to producing quality books, emphasizing research and substance. We adhere only to an agenda of publishing viable and informative works.  We publish military history books, specifically collectible firearms books.

We like to work with authors in efforts to improve and enhance the overall quality of their work, resulting in increased self-accomplishment for the author. Our relationship with the authors is personal; communication is a priority and decision making is shared.  Our 30+ years experience in advertising and commercial photography is vital to create detailed and quality illustrations both for content and cover.  


We strongly believe in supporting our domestic industry and all our books are printed and bound in the U.S. using U.S. produced paper.  We do not compromise our quality or ethics by outsourcing printing to China or other Asian countries.  


We have always accepted a responsible environmental approach.  All our production materials are recycled.  Almost all our packing materials are re-used from other businesses.  We contract with local businesses and industry to obtain their used packiging materials to further the life of these products. 



The Essence of our Work and our Authors 

The essence of our work is to present the history of firearms as tools in the period made. Our books are highlighted with consideration of the social, economic, and political climate of the time. 

Our goal is to further the understanding of these relics in a historical context and not just focus on collector interests, we seek to balance history with practical information. 

Our authors are long-time scholars and historians with a keen analytical approach to research.  Original research often exposes popular misconceptions. Many unfounded beliefs have been copied in publications for decades and continue to be espoused on the internet.  Investigative journalist Graham Hancock said it best: “Changing a paradigm is no easy business when a particular mindset has become the preoccupation of a group of scholars in a particular field.  They are so reluctant to let go of it, they become existentially attached to it and an attack on the paradigm becomes an attack on them and they vigorously defend it.”

We categorically reject all forms of revisionism.  Historical works should be written from a period perspective and should not be a comparison or condemnation based on modern societal customs or practices.


Our authors’ focus on producing works of substance.  Their work is not intended to elevate their popularity.  We are not vanity publishers and reject authors seeking self-promotion or stardom.

Retail orders placed from us directly will include autographed books when possible, these books are offered as an author’s courtesy without surcharge.


Our Authors (in alphabetical order, click on the name for a complete biography):


Matt DiRisio


Wayne Johnson

Luke Mercaldo


H.M. Shirley, Jr.


Anthony Vanderlinden


William York  



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