REVIEW: Green Eyes and Black Rifles by Kyle Lamb

I made a Brownell’s order last week. I ordered  some Aervoe camouflage paint, and three Viking Tactics padded slings.  Well, the tricky marketing department at Brownell’s baited me with “those who purchased this also like this” type deal.  It was for the book “Green Eyes and Black Rifles- Warriors Guide to the Combat Carbine” by SGM Kyle Lamb, US Army (Ret.).  Having both poor self control for shiny things, and an American Express with virtually no limit, it was the perfect storm for an impulse buy.  So I clicked “Add to cart” and my order was on the way.  I forgot about ordering the book until I got back into town last night.

I opened the box to inventory it and noticed the book at the bottom.  I sat down with Family Guy playing in the back ground, and began the read.  I got up early this morning and finished the book.  Wow.  All 218 pages.

A little background: I’ve been around AR style rifles since the early 1980’s.  I’ve had an AR in my police vehicle since 1997.  I’ve been to numerous courses, both big schools and police training, every chance I get.  I’ve been to a couple of factory armorers schools.  I say all of that not as a “look at me, look at me” statement.  I say it as a primer of someone who has been around the modern evolution of the AR, and who has been to a bunch of schools.

Even if you have been in a cave for most of recent history, SGM Kyle Lamb should need no introduction.  He spent over two decades in the United States Army, with most of that time in Special Operations.  He is currently the principal of

Kyle Lamb’s “Green Eyes & Black Rifles” is a must have resource for the AR style platform.  Kyle states in the forward that he is not a writer, nor a poet.  While that may be true, the book is very well written and is well laid out by subject matter in a relevant order.  Not only does Kyle explain the subject matter at hand, it is very well illustrated.  I’d venture to say there is close to 1,000 pictures alone in the book.

Even if you are a veteran AR shooter, the book is a great resource.  Kyle has some very good insights into the platform, various add on accessories, and styles of fighting with the rifle that are proven.  And plus they just made sense for those of us who want to know the “why” behind techniques.

I highly recommend you check out “Green Eyes and Black Rifles”.  It is worth the read for the novice and pro.

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Jerry Jones has been a Sheriff's Deputy in Kentucky since 1996. Jerry is currently assigned as a patrol deputy, firearms instructor and senior operator/training supervisor with a multi jurisdictional tactical team. Jerry is Kentucky POST certified to teach firearms, SWAT, and sniper operations and deployment at the Academy level. Jerry is also the President/CEO of Operation Specific Training and the Law Enforcement Representative for Apex Tactical Specialties.

7 thoughts on “REVIEW: Green Eyes and Black Rifles by Kyle Lamb

  1. Is that a DD mk18 w/ original A2 laying on the cover of the book? I read GEBR a year or so ago and was just as enveloped in it though it took me more like 4 or 5 days to get through it. Great book!

    • Joshua,
      It is actually a Noveske MK18 laying on the book. It is my work rifle. I have a good friend who is an attorney that just bought the DD MK18 and it seems to be a quality rifle as well. I have a LMT lower that I’ve had registered for years for SBR and have been thinking seriously about getting a DD MK18 upper for it. But, I keep seeing Hilton’s 12″ rifle with the Alpha rail and have much envy.


  2. Kyle Lamb is one of the few who have the expertise and communicate it effectively in book, in person or in front of a camera.

    If you haven’t already read Stay In The Fight!!, his pistol book, I think you’ll find he did an even better job there.

    Those two books are my top recommendations for shooters interested in carrying In Defense of Life.

  3. I’m kind of shocked you didn’t read it sooner, that is one of the best books on the subject ever written, and by a guy who isn’t going on theory and range work.

  4. I’ve read my copy of “Green Eyes and Black Rifles” so much it’s starting to wear out! Lambs next book, “Stay In the Fight” is also awesome and it’s about worn out….I use both these books at work in fire arms training and have found them to be excellent….

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