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Armax: The Journal of Contemporary Arms

The peak international publication promoting the scholarship of contemporary arms

Armax is a multidisciplinary journal publishing research from scholars around the world. In addition to full-length research articles and shorter research notes, Armax publishes book reviews, conference reports, obituaries, and other material relevant to the contemporary arms studies community. Armax is published by Helios House Press on behalf of the Cody Firearms Museum, with two issues annually. All research submissions are double-blind peer reviewed.

As a core discipline within the field of arms and armour studies, the study of contemporary arms engages with a broad range of academic areas including history (particularly contemporary, military, science, and technology history), war and conflict studies; ballistics; design and technology studies; museum studies; and forensic science.

The original Armax ran from 1987–1996 and was edited by the late Herb Houze. In it, readers could find in-depth firearms research from Herb and others. The topics covered have become important research material for those who manage to find a copy these days. The last volume, No. 6, was published in 1996 and since we are reviving the same publication, we’re picking up right where that left off. The first of the new run will start with Volume No. 7.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West members receive a discount on Armax subscriptions. See below…

An annual subscription, which includes two issues of the journal, is $100 plus shipping. 

Remaster & Reprint Project
Cody Firearms Museum and Helios House Press plan to ‘remaster’ and reprint the original six volumes of Armax, which contained important original research. The layout, illustrations, and design have been updated to make the legacy material more accessible to modern researchers and enthusiasts. These will be beautiful, functional publications printed on high-quality paper in full color.
Original and "remastered" ARMAX

Center of the West members SAVE on an Armax subscription


All Buffalo Bill Center of the West members are eligible for a 10 percent discount on subscriptions (a savings $10 per year) when you subscribe using our discount code.

For discount code, please e-mail us


Our Firearms Members are eligible for a 30 percent discount on subscriptions (a savings of $30 per year) when you subscribe using our discount code.

… or refer to the 10/29/2021 Armax e-mail

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By subscribing to Armax you directly support academically rigorous research examining contemporary arms, promote the field of arms and munitions scholarship, and provide opportunities for early-career researchers.

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