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The .58- and .50- Caliber Rifles & Carbines of the Springfield Armory (1865-1872)
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Loading Cartridges for the Original .45-70 Springfield Rifle and Carbine
The World's Fighting Shotguns
by Joe Poyer
A quick search of Ebay for anything related to sniper rifles—telescopic sights, mounts, manuals, cases, etc.—illustrates the collecting "frenzy" for sniper rifles, both old and new.
Weaver telescopic sights used on the World War II-era Model 1903A4 Sniper Rifles sell for $900 to $1,500 dollars, only most of those offered for sale are fakes or are misrepresented commercial sights. The "chat rooms" are full of misinformation because there is very little reference material available.
Collecting the American Sniper Rifle, 1900 to 1945 provides accurate information that will allow the collector to determine whether or not a particular rifle or telescopic part—or other accessory—is correct.
The book provides a detailed description of...
the sniper rifle with all parts and markings that make it uniquely a U.S. military sniper rifle.
the telescopic sight with all parts and markings that make it uniquely a U.S. military sniper scope.
the bases and mounts with all parts and markings that make them part of the U.S. military sniper scope assembly.
The books also contains a history of the development of each particular sniper rifle and telescopic sight. Its mounting on the rifle and sighting in are described in detail. A history of the development of the rifle leading to its use as a sniper rifle is included in an appendix, as are descriptions of British and Canadian sniper rifles that used American-produced telescopic sights.
This book covers the sniper variations of the Model 1903 Springfield:
U.S. Model 1903 .30 Caliber Rifle with the Warner & Swasey Telescopic Sight
U.S. Model 1903 .30 Caliber Rifle with the Winchester A5 or Lyman 5A
To date, there has been no single research source for information about the post-Civil War small arms that led to the selection of the .45-70 Springfield rifle and carbine. Yet these rifles and carbines bore the brunt of fighting in the early part of the Indian Wars. Today, they are popular with firearms collectors but who find little information to aid in determining their authenticity.
Richard A. Hosmer, a well-known collector of this period, has written a concise and comprehensive text on each of the eighteen rifles and carbines that were developed at the Springfield National Armory during this seven year period and field-tested by the U.S. Army during years that saw some of the most intense fighting in the West.
Of these eighteen arms, five rifles and one carbine were adopted and issued for general service; three were issued to the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. The remaining seven rifles and two carbines were issued for various periods of field testing. They were all variations of the Allin “trapdoor,” Remington, Sharps, Spencer, and Ward-Burton breech loading systems. All are extremely historical arms.
Mr. Hosmer’s book provides a detailed description of each rifle and carbine, including markings, finishes, dimensions of all pertinent parts, and a history of each arm’s development. Each firearm is summarized in a separate table. Additional tables list all finishes and markings. Separate chapters describe the bayonets issued with each arm as well as their accoutrements and tools. The book is heavily illustrated with photos of the firearms and their parts.
by Joe Poyer and Craig Riesch,
5th revised and expanded edition
Three new chapters have been added to this new 5th Edition: The Officer’s Model Rifle, .45 Caliber; The Model 1886 “Experimental” Carbine, and The Model 1906 Fencing Musket. Each of the new chapters contains a complete description of how each differs from the standard .45-70 Springfield Rifle and Carbine. New information, never before published and full color illustrations of the various models have been included.
Every part and every change to that part of the .45-70 Springfield Rifle and Carbine made by the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department is described in photos and drawings. Dimensions and finishes are listed for each part in both the text and tables. For instance, seventeen different rear sights were used on the .45-70 Springfield trapdoor rifle and carbine. Each sight is carefully photographed and the differences noted. Then each rear sight is matched to the specific serial number range in which it was used. The same technique was used on lock plates, barrel bands, trigger assemblies, stocks, ramrods, etc., covering every part of the rifle and carbine.
The chapters on accoutrements and tools have been greatly expanded with descriptions and photos to cover all issued to the soldier. Bayonets, scabbards and frogs are described and matched to years and serial number ranges of issue. The authors also show how it is possible to determine if a .45-70 bayonet was newly-manufactured, or was a Civil War-period bayonet that had been swaged to fit the new rifle. Hunting and intrenching knives, bayonets, carbine slings, front sight covers, ammunition belts and cartridges boxes, etc. receive the same treatment.
All markings and inspection markings are explained and illustrated with photos. A new serial number listing has been developed which takes into account the 22,500 "starred" carbines and integrates them into overall production so that serial numbers and cartouche dates can at long last be matched correctly.
Separate appendixes provide production totals, an exploded view, disassembly and cleaning, how to determine if a .45-70 has been refinished or a carbine made from a rifle, a chart of finishes by part, and special sections on the Cadet rifles, starred receivers (where they came from and why), the rod bayonet rifle, and the commercial trapdoors.
by Branko Bogdanovic.
Few realize it but an obscure little Balkan country which had recently gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire, played a profound role in the development of the Mauser rifle. Serbia's purchase of the Model 1871 rifle came just in time to save the Mauser company from bankruptcy. It became the Serbian Model 1880. Among other innovations for which Serbian designers were responsible was the famous "ring-of-steel" which provided complete support for the cartridge base, and which was introduced into the Gew.M1898 rifle in 1905. Serbia, later renamed Yugoslavia, also helped develop the "intermediate-ring" Mauser action.
Yugoslav Mausers - Models 1924-52C (C with an breve --"v" diacritical mark), Model 24/47 and Model 1948 - are prized collectors items. Mr. Bogdanovic's book is the first in English to provide a complete discussion of these, and every other "Yugoslav" Mauser rifles from 1880 to the present, including all sniper rifles, hunting and target rifles and .22 sporting rifles. In Serbian and Yugoslav Mauser Rifles, each model is discussed in its own chapter. All serial numbers are presented by year. All markings are presented and translated and all finishes and changes to all models are described in text and charts and well illustrated with both photographs and excellent drawings for clarity.
These are the rifles that proved so deadly to the Nazi occupiers in World War II in the hands of the famous Yugoslav "partisans."
Branko Bogdanovic is a well-known European gunwriter and has written several books on firearms as well as dozens of magazine articles. He is also a writer and researcher for the Zastava Arms Factory in Kragujevac, Serbia; a member of the Advisory Board of the National Military Museum, Belgrade, Serbia; and a researcher for the Ministry of the Interior.
by Joe Poyer
This book contains the most complete and up-to-date examination of the famed Kalashnikov rifle yet that every shooter and collector needs. The book provides a part-by-part examination of the AK-47 and AK-74 rifles and describes in detail all the major variations between the 7.62 x 39 mm AK-47 and ARM. Also the 5.45 x 39 mm AK-74, AK-74M and AKS-74U, and the new Century series AK-101 THRU AK-108 rifles and submachine guns now being produced in the Russian Federation.
Also described in detail are all the national variations of the Kalashnikov rifles, including the Bulgarian, Chinese, Egyptian, East German, Hungarian, Iraqi, North Korean, Polish, Romanian, and Yugoslavian manufactured Kalashnikov rifles in both 7.62 and 5.45 caliber. A separate chapter describes all clones of the Kalashnikov system from the Belgian FNC through the Israeli Galil to the Swiss STg.90 series.
Other chapters include: 1)a complete history of the rifle's development, 2)a short biography of Mikhail Kalashnikov, 3)descriptions and use of purpose-built telescopic sights for the Kalashnikov rifles, 4)accessories and tools issued to the soldier, 5)ammunition carriers from vests to pouches, and 5)various types of Soviet and Russian ammunition. Also described are the Soviet and other 6)national sniper rifles and 7)the new Russian An-94, the replacement for the AK-74.
Appendices contain information on how to identify models and national origins of entire rifles, as well as parts, by markings and finishes, serial numbers, assembly/disassembly, cleaning and maintenance, operation, troubleshooting, accessories, parts suppliers, and the legal considerations of owning or assembling an "assult weapon" under the various federal laws - its easier than you might think.
by Joe Poyer
Vetterli and Schmidt-Rubin Rifles and Carbines
In 1869, the Swiss government adopted the world's first successful magazine loading rifle for their army. In the latter half of the 19th Century, Prussia was the military power to be feared and the Swiss, living right next door, were determined to guarantee the integrity of their borders.
The Vetterli rifle was a clever Swiss design that combined the spring-loaded magazine tube and cartridge elevator of the Winchester Model 1866 and the bolt action of the Dreyse needle-fire rifle. It provided the Swiss infantryman with eleven shots as fast as he could work the bolt.
By the end of the 1880s, the Vetterli had been made obsolete by the march of technology. A new rifle design using a straight pull system was developed. The Model 1889 underwent major redesigns ending in the K-31, one of the finest, most accurate bolt action infantry rifles ever developed. The promise of the magazine loading rifle was fulfilled: the Swiss were able to avoid invasion and involvement in two world wars and one cold one.
Swiss Magazine Loading Rifles, 1869 to 1958 by Joe Poyer is the newest book in the "For Collectors Only" series. It describes, on a part-by-part basis, all the models of both the Vetterli and Schmidt-Rubin rifles including infantry rifles, short (Stutzer) rifles, carbines and cadet models. All markings and codes are explained and tied to models and serial number ranges. Also included are exploded views, ammunition details, assemble/disassembly instructions, maintenance and trouble shooting.
The Swiss rifles are not only extremely accurate and a great deal of fun to shoot, but their wide range of variations makes them a great collectible.
by Joe Poyer, edited by Craig Riesch
The Krag rifle and carbine were the first smokeless powder, magazine loading arms used by the United States Army. It was adopted from a Norwegian design in 1892 and reached the troops starting in mid-1894.
The Krag was the first precision-machined, small caliber, magazine loading rifle adopted by the U.S. Army. This meant that the production facilities and work force had to be completely rebuilt and reorganized. In just four short years, the entire U.S. Army, both mounted and dismounted branches, were completely equipped with the new rifle and carbine. So successful had been the design and initial production phase, that only minor changes were made to the rifle and carbine afterward.
It was the ideal time to introduce a new rifle. The U.S. Army in the 1890s was a peacetime organization. The frontier had been settled in the late 1880s and the Army had been reduced in strength to not quite 18,000 strong, and was scattered halfway around the world from Plattsburgh, New York to Anchorage, Alaska to Honolulu, Hawaii. All but two troops of cavalry were still stationed west of the Mississippi River and no military formations in regimental strength had been assembled since the Sioux Wars in 1876-1877.
But the combination of Spanish imperialism in Cuba and the sinking of the battleship, USS Maine, led the United States into a short, sharp war in 1898 that gave way to a longer, more bitter fight in the Philippines. In 1900, Chinese revolutionaries styled the "Boxers" threatened to murder all foreigners in China. The U.S. Army and Marines brought their Krag rifles to mainland China in concert with forces from other European nations and quickly relieved the siege of the Foreign Legations at Peking and then helped clear the country of insurgents.
Even though the Krag only served the U.S. Army for eleven years, it did so admirably and saw much hard fighting. It only gave way to the Model 1903 Springfield as the latter rifle could be loaded quickly and easily with a five round clip.
The American Krag Rifle and Carbine provides the arms collector, historian and target shooter with a part-by-part analysis of what has been called the "rifle with the smoothest bolt action ever designed." Each of the fifteen models of the American Krag rifle and carbine are described in detail. All changes to all parts are described and matched to serial number ranges. A monthly serial number chart by production year has been devised that will provide the collector with the year and month in which his rifle or carbine was manufactured.
The mystery of the so-called Philippine Constabulary rifles is solved and the "School" rifle is introduced. A new and complete exploded view is included as are instructions for assembly and disassembly of the rifle and carbine.
"4th Edition, Revised and Expanded"
by Joe Poyer Edited by Ed Furler, Jr.
The Model 1903 Springfield Rifle was perhaps the most famous and popular of all U.S. military rifles. First issued in 1903, it served in two world wars and the Korean War and numerous smaller military actions around the globe between in the first half of the 20th Century. It even saw limited service during the War in Vietnam. Today, it is an extremely popular and sought-after military rifle by collectors. A modification of the famous Mauser bolt action, The Model 1903 Springfield was legendary for its accuracy in the hands of a well-trained rifleman. A variation of the rifle developed especially for match shooting held the crown in the National Matches longer than any other rifle. The National Matches have been conducted annually on a nationwide basis since 1873 except in wartime and involved both civilian and military shooters competing on an equal basis. The matches exerted a great deal of influence on the design of American military rifles and marksmanship training.
"The Model 1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations" provides a detailed examination of this famous military rifle on a part-by-part basis. Every variation in every part is documented and matched to the serial number range of its use. Thirty-one different variations of the rifle were developed over the 41 year course of its production and all are described and identified.
Twelve different variations of the rifles were developed as sniper rifles beginning in 1907. All are discussed and described as are the telescopic sights used on each. The rifle was produced for civilian shooters by the Springfield National Armory as well. Several variations of .30 caliber rifles were developed and sold through the Director, Civilian Marksmanship Program and the National Rifle Association for target shooting and hunting. A range of .22 caliber rimfire rifles was also developed for both low cost military and civilian marksmanship training in the 1920s and 1930s.
During World War II, to meet the needs of a 12 million man military force, the Remington Arms Company and the Smith Corona Typewriter Company produced more than 1.8 million Model 1903A3 rifles including the Remington-manufactured Model 1903A4 sniper rifle.
Appendices provide additional information on serial numbers, production numbers, ammunition, inspection procedures and markings, lists of military and civilian inspectors and their markings, the National Match rifle and the rare and highly classified Pedersen device that converted this bolt action rifle to a semiautomatic rifle during World War I with never-before published original factory photos. A thorough bibliography completes the text.
"The Model 1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations" is 456 pages long with six color plates and hundreds of black and white drawings and photos. Format is perfect bound, 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Every part is illustrated in detail either in a drawing or photo. As the book covers the entire range of the Model 1903 rifle from the rod bayonet to the M1903A4 sniper rifle. The retail price is $24.95 and as such, the book is a viable alternative to the $50 and $80 dollar books presently available on the Springfield.
by Charles R. Stratton
The British Enfield No.1 Rifle (Mk I through lshapore 2A/2A1) is not only one of the world's finest battle rifles, but also one of the longest serving from Africa's colonial wars through World Wars I and II and Korea to the conflicts of the Middle East. The British Tommy and the troops of the former British Commonwealth counted on their Short Magazine Lee-Enfields for nearly 90 years, and many are still in use today. Skip Stratton, who maintains the Enfield Rifle Research Internet web site and is a collector of long standing, has written a superb book that provides a well-organized, detailed look from the collector's perspective at this fine rifle series.
Dozens of charts and illustrations take you through seven manufacturers on three continents and seventy years of production to identify each variation of every single part of the rifle. Stratton shows you how to determine which parts are correct for each manufacturer and each period of manufacture. Is that Lee-Enfield pre-World War I, World War I, World War II, or post-World War II manufacture? British or Commonwealth? Original or arsenal reconditioned? It takes more than the date on the action body to determine that. And what do all of those codes and inspection marks and cyphers mean? Do they help detemine the age of the rifle and its parts? Yes, they do, and all are listed in the books' 158 pages and shown in more than 90 illustrations and photographs. Also included are descriptions of accoutrements, cleaning tools, and bayonets issued to the British and Commonwealth soldier with his Short Magazine Lee-Enfield. Serial numbers, codes, markings, cyphers - this book has it all in an easy-to-use layout.
by Charles R. Stratton
Charles (Skip) Stratton, has done an outstanding job- again. He presents
the No. 4 and No. 5 rifle part-by-part. Every single model, including the sniper
rifles, target and match rifles and training rifles, manufactured in the U.K.,
Canada, the U.S., Republic of South Africa and Pakistan, is thoroughly described.
He begins by presenting the historical background for the development of both rifles, the No. 4 in the dark, early days of World War II and the No. 5 (better known as the Jungle Carbine) prompted by the ferocious fighting in Malaya and Burma. He describes each variation of both rifles and explains what all the "marks," "numbers," and codes found on most parts mean and shows how to relate them to the various manufacturing factories in England, Canada, the United States, South Africa and Pakistan. He also provides a breakdown of serial numbers by year, factory and country.
Stratton then literally dissects both rifles, describing every single part and explaining the reasons behind any changes and points out how to identify those changes.
For instance, there are eight different receivers - action bodies- used on the eleven variations of both rifles, five variations of breech bolts, nine variations of rear sights, thirteen variations of barrels and two variations of stocks. Stratton also discusses every single part of the rifle in the same detail so that the reader and collector knows that there are three variations of the humble stock bolt, seven variations of the forend, three variations of the buttplate, and so on, as well as how to identify each and relate it to a specific range of serial numbers produced by a specific factory.
The book also translates the codes and markings that often pinpoint its original and subsequent military units. Collectors are thrilled when the discover that their rifle served at El Alamein or during the Invasion of Sicily, at Monte Cassino, Normandy or in the Far East in Malaya, or in Korea or Aden or anywhere else British forces were to be found between 1941 and the mid-1950s.
As with his first volume covering the Mk I and Mk III (No. 1) Rifles, this is a thorough and well-organized book that will aid the collector in determining originality and restoring these historical battle rifles to authenticity.
by Charles R. Stratton
Charles R. Stratton continues his very successful series on collectible British military rifles with the little understood, but widely available Pattern 1914 and U.S. Model of 1917 Rifles.
Often called the "American Enfield," the Pattern 1914 in .303 caliber was the only British military rifle ever built wholly in the United States even though it was designed by the engineers at Enfield Arsenal. The U.S. Model 1917 was the same rifle, but rechambered for the American .30-06 cartridge. Over 1.2 million Pattern 1914 rifles and 2.5 million Model 1917 rifles were built during World War I by three American companies, Winchester, Remington and Eddystone. More American soldiers, including Sergeant Alvin York, were armed with the Model 1917 Enfield than with the Model 1903 Springfield.
The Model 1917 Enfield has long been a favorite American collectible. Over the years, it has been sporterized for hunting and restored for collecting by thousands of shooters. Parts are commonly available and many P-14 parts are interchangeable with M1917 parts, making it quite easy to return a given rifle to original condition.
As in the previous two volumes, Mr. Stratton has provided a detailed description of each rifle on a part by part basis and noted whether or not the particular part is interchangeable between the two models. He provides a series of charts and explanations for the markings, codes and inspection stamps that appear on each part and tells how to determine which were originally manufactured for the P-14 or the M1917. He also provides a complete history of the rifle's development and use in both World War I and World War II. Also a complete description of the two sniper rifle variations of the P-14 that were fielded in both wars, the Pedersen device developed for the M1917, and the accessories that were issued with the rifle to soldiers of both countries, including ammunition belts, bayonets, tools and cleaning equipment. Separate appendixes provide an exploded view and nomenclature, production statistics, ammunition descriptions and sporting rifle derivations.
The demand for this book has been so great that the author and publisher decided to skip over Volume 3 in the series which will deal with the original "Long Lee" rifle for the time being. Volume 4, The Pattern 1914 and U.S. Model of 1917 Rifles is being published out of sequenc to meet this demand. ISBN 1-882391-29-2, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, perfect bound.
by Joe Poyer.
The M16 has been the nation's military rifle since 1964, longer than any other military rifle. During those 36 years, it has been carried in combat and on peacekeeping missions by American, allied and friendly soldiers to every corner of the world.Over thirty new pages added to this edition with up-to date information on the latest military developments in the M4, M16A3 and -A4, and M25 models, designated markman’s rifles, .22 caliber tactical rifles, and all new calibers in which the AR15s are chambered.)
The civilian version, the AR15 rifle, has been manufactured in the hundreds of thousands by more than a dozen different companies. It is the current National Match Service Rifle and the most popular target match rifle in use today.
The M16/AR15 Rifles by Joe Poyer provides a detailed examination of this famous rifle in both its military and civilian versions. Following a history of its development and the evolution of military tactics that guided its design, a comprehensive part-by-part examination of the rifle is provided.
Markings and codes for military and civilian rifles and carbines are deciphered and a six page table lists all models by all manufacturers currently in production, with specific features.
For those interested in competition, three AR15s were custom-built; a spacegun for long range bench rest matches, a service match rifle that complies with all current OCM and NRA competition rules and a .22 rimfire AR15 rifle that is not only amazingly accurate but is legal in California and other states that ban large capacity magazine, centerfire, semiautomatic rifles. The design and building process is thoroughly described for those wishing to build their own match rifles.
The M16/AR15 rifle is the last military rifle that Americans will be allowed to own. The M16's replacement, which incorporates a 20 mm grenade launcher, is already well-advanced in testing and is due to be introduced by mid-decade. But the AR15 rifle will remain the national match service rifle far into the foreseeable future.
The book is illustrated with over three hundred photos and drawings, is 8 x 10.5 inches in size, perfect bound and 134 pages in length.
by Steve Kehaya and Joe Poyer
The writing team that brought you "The SKS Carbine" has done it again with the "Swedish Mauser Rifles." One the earliest military surplus imports into North America after World War II, more than 300,000 of these beautiful rifles are now in private American and Canadian hands and another 75,000+ in European gun racks. Yet, only two books have been written about this finest of all Mauser rifles, one in German and the other directed more toward shooters than collectors.
"The Swedish Mauser Rifles" provides the “Fore Collector’s Only” part-by-part examination for every one of the14 different models of this fine military and civilian match rifle. Every marking, every code is explained. A new, first ever list of serial number ranges by year has been compiled. All military and many civilian accessories are included with photos. Line drawings illustrate every part to provide the clearest view. A new color insert provides photos of the various models.
Also included is a discussion of production methods and total rifles produced for each model. Serial numbering is clarified between carbines and rifles (many share the same serial number). Each model is discussed in detail and illustrated with photos.
The target versions of this very fine rifle are analyzed and photographed. A complete discussion of the various sniper rifle models are included (with photos) up to the present PS90 based on the AWS Sniper Rifle. Ammunition types are listed and performance data is included. Appendices discuss production methods and totals produced; the obscure m/39 and /40 rifles, the development of the Swedish arms industry to the present, a short military history of Sweden, the composition of Swedish steel - which did not change from 1894 to the end of production in 1944 - and assembly/disassembly and trouble-shooting. We think this book will be a major contribution to the field of arms collecting.
"The Swedish Mauser Rifles" contains 263 pages packed with information and illustrations and photos. Perfect bound with four-color cover.
by Walt Kuleck
Walt Kuleck has done it again. His “Complete Owner’s Guides” (M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M14 and AR15) are the last word on the care and preservation of collectible firearms. His new book for the Model 1911 covers every aspect of caring for the Model 1911 and Model — and all the information applies to every other Model 1911style pistol by Colt or any other manufacturer — from problems with safeties to failures to feed to broken grip screw bushings. Virtually every problem that can occur with the Model 1911type pistol is covered and Walt offers immediate fixes that most everyone can handle. He also provides tips on such problems as a small but growing crack in the receiver that does not yet interfere with the function or safety of the pistol: solution, in most cases it can be fixed by drilling a tiny hole at the end of the crack to prevent it growing further. He discusses magazines and how to determine a good one from a bad one before purchasing; how to deal with springs that have lost their tension, how to select a slide stop that fits the shooter’s hand, and a hundred an one more problems. Additional chapters include “Magazine, Up Grade, Holsters, Ammunition, and Shooting (including a section entitled “How to Win A Gunfight”). A highly recommended text for the shooter and collector.
by Walt Kuleck and Drake Oldham
Everyone knows how to disassemble and reassemble a Model 1911type pistol. Or think they do.
When I had my own gun store some years back, I lost track of the number of John Browning’s
pistols that were brought to me in a box to put back together. And even those who may know
how, seldom do it properly and the result is a collection of illfitting parts that wear faster than
they should and malfunction far to often. The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide not only
teaches the correct way to disassemble and reassemble any Model 1911, but how to improve the
Thinking of repairing Grandad’s World War II Remington Rand or “customizing” your Colt Series 80? Or perhaps you have a new pistol from one of the dozens of manufacturers now producing variations of the Model 1911. Or perhaps you are thinking of building one from scratch. If so, then Walt Kuleck and Drake Oldham, who between them have more than fifty years experience with building and caring for Model 1911type pistols for civilians and police forces, take you through the process stepbystep. Like The M1911 Complete Owner’s Guide, Volume 1, Volume 2 should be on the bookshelf of every professed Model 1911 collector and shooter.
For years, collectors of military rifles have puzzled over the variations of the FN-49 semiautomatic rifle. Manufactured only for a short time and used by only a few countries, it nevertheless holds an important place in firearms development as the predecessor and proving ground for the world-famous Fusil Automatique Leger, the FAL.
The SAFN-49 (Saive Automatique, Fabrique Nationale Modèle 1949 to give it its correct name) was developed at Fabrique Nationale in Herstal, Belgium in the mid-to late 1930s at exactly the same time as the American M1 Garand and the Soviet SVT38/40. Dieudonné J. Saive, the rifle's designer developed a tilting block system that locked the bolt against the breech by allowing it to drop down against a hardened steel step. But the Nazi attack on, and occupation of Belgium precluded its use in World War II where it surely would have ranked in importance with the M1 Garand and far ahead of the G41 and G43 German semiautomatic battle rifles that preceded the MP44.
Saive and members of his staff fled to England in 1940 and worked with British weapons designers during the war. In 1944, work resumed on the new rifle, now designated the EXP1 and which was being seriously considered as a replacement for the Enfield No. 4 bolt action rifle. The allies liberated Belgium that autumn and shortly thereafter, the Belgian design team returned home to help repair the damage to the FN factory caused by the retreating Nazis. The new rifle was rechambered for the .30-06 but it proved too powerful for the gas system as it was then designed. By the time the problem was solved, the British had moved on to a British design. Undeterred, FN decided to market the new rifle as the SAFN- 49 in both semiautomatic and full automatic versions. They also produced a limited number of sniper rifles and a very few commercial sporting versions.
The SAFN-49 was manufactured for production in four calibers (.30-06, 7.92 mm Mauser, 7.65 mm Argentine and 7 mm Mauser.) The rifles were purchased by Belgium, Luxembourg, the Belgian Congo, Indonesia, Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia and a few for testing in other countries. Less than 200,000 were sold before it was replaced in the FN line by the famed FAL. In the meantime, the new battle rifle served in the Korean War with the Belgian Brigade and in the civil wars that rocked Central Africa in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The first SAFN-49s to be imported into the United States appeared in the early 1960s and may have been the sporting versions in .30-06 caliber produced by FN from military contract overruns. These were sold through Browning Sporting Arms and represent the rarest of the SAFN-49 variations. Small quantities of SAFN-49s in .30-06 caliber marked AB (Armee Belgique) and AL (Armee Luxembourg) on the receiver ring were imported from time to time but the largest number appear to have been in 7.92 Mauser which were manufactured for the Egyptian Army. The 7 mm Mauser rifles manufactured for Venezuela have also appeared in quantity. In the mid-1990s, a few hundred SAFN-49s rebarreled to 7.62 mm NATO also appeared on the American market. These were Argentine Navy rifles which had been converted from 7.65 mm Argentine.
SAFN-49 Sniper rifles are quite rare in the United States and it is difficult to determine whether or not a particular sniper rifle was manufactured originally as such or if a telescopic sight and mount were installed after importation.
"The SAFN-49 Battle Rifle" is a brand new book from North Cape Publications which provides answers to this and other questions. The be first book published in English, and perhaps in any other language. Writing about FN-produced firearms is quite difficult as, unlike many American companies, the FN factory does not make their records available to the public nor do they provide much, if any assistance to writers and historians. In spite of this, the author appears to have done a very good job quantifying the SAFN-49. Chapters provide a history of the development and use of the rifle, the usual part-by- part description for which North Cape Publications has become well-known plus chapters on shooting the rifle, accurizing, maintaining, assembling and disassembling it and making repairs. Also, included is a chapter on sniper rifles which provides the first description of the FN factory- supplied telescopic sight and mount this reviewer has ever seen.
Of great interest to collectors and owners of the SAFN will be the seven page chart which provides a side-by-side comparison of every SAFN-49 part and its markings, by caliber. Also, the sectioned view of the rifle and bolt assembly, plus a new exploded view. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs and drawings of the SAFN-49 and its parts, including the select fire trigger assembly.
by Terence W. Lapin
Although the Mosin-Nagant rifle was in use for more than sixty years by half the world's military forces, no book in the English language has ever traced its development and identified all its models and variations as manufactured around the world, including in the United States. No provided the part-by-part information needed by the collector and shooter.
This is the first book in English, ever written about the Mosin-Nagant. It identifies every single model manufactured in Russia, France, the United States, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Finland, China and North Korea. Every part is described with all changes and markings, making it possible to identify the national origins of not only the rifle as a whole, but of every part.
Chapters provide a history of its development and use from 1892 to its last manufacture in Hungary and China in the mid-1950s. Then each part is analyzed showing all changes in chronological order. All variations are described from the original rifle to the M1944 carbine with its unique folding bayonet. All Finnish variations are described and a history of the tiny country's relations with its giant next door neighbor is included to show the derivation of Finland's line of Mosin-Nagants.
Sniper rifles from all countries are listed in a separate chapter as is the ammunition produced for the rifle and all accessories issued to the combat soldier. Of great value to the collector is the huge list of markings and codes found on all Mosin-Nagant rifles of whatever national origin, the first ever compiled.
The Mosin-Nagant was one of the earliest small-caliber battle rifles developed in the late 19th century. Its rugged design and construction are borne out by the fact that the only changes ever made to its basic design were to shorten and lighten the rifle as ammunition improved and battle conditions changed. The Mosin-Nagant is without doubt, one of the premier battles rifles of the late 19th and early 20th century and a testament to skill of it Russian designer.
The M14-Type Rifle, 3rd edition, revised and expanded, by Joe Poyer ($19.95). The M14 rifle was the last semiautomatic battle rifle adopted by the U.S. military. It lasted less than ten years before being replaced by the M16. But in that short time, it developed fierce adherents and became one of the finest match rifles in the world. During the war in Iraq, the M14, as well as its sniper variations, the M21 and M25, have made an astonishing comeback. This new, revised and expanded 3rd edition describes the use of the M14 rifle and its sniper variations today by all four branches of the U.S. military, plus the U.S. Coast Guard.The M14-Type Rifle provides a detailed history of the rifle's development and use, particularly today in Iraq and Afghanistan where the high-powered 7.62 x 51 NATO (.308) cartridge is ideal for long range sniping and for penetrating body armor and light vehicles. The M14 rifle and its two sniper variations, the M21 and M25, are described on a part-by-part basis. A survey of all current civilian semiautomatic M14-type rifles and components available today is also included as a separate chapter and brought up to date. Included also are the Chinese variations of the M14. The history of the development and use of the M14 in Vietnam is discussed showing how it led to the development of the sniper variations.
The book also serves as a guide for shooters who want to restore an M14 to original condition or build a superb match rifle from the civilian versions. Various receivers and parts kits are discussed. Separate chapters show how to turn a commercial M14-type rifle such as the M1A, into a superb match rifle by choosing the right barrel, glass-bedding the stock, and unitizing the gas cylinder. Also discussed are National Match rifles with specifications, ammunition to be used for the best accuracy, targeting and shooting the M14-type rifle and trouble shooting and maintenance. Finally, all G.I. issue accessories are described. The book is fully illustrated with photos and drawings that clarify the text. Appendices provide up-to-date information on parts and supplies and gun smithing services. Finally, the current legal ramifications of owning a semiautomatic rifle is explained.
by Craig Riesch.
The 7th edition of the best selling "bible" of the World War II M1 Carbine
has been updated with new information from the previous edition. The changes
between the 6th and 5th editions are listed on the last page of the book.
The author, Craig Riesch, has compiled twenty-two years of surveys and research into this 237 page volume containing 38 charts, 212 photographs, and fourteen drawings. The book provides a history of the M1 Carbine's development, manufacture and use during World War II, as well as through the Korean War and the war in Vietnam.
The M1 Carbine is analyzed and described by its ten separate manufacturers and various models, with all changes, modifications, and new parts noted by serial number range of use. And since the U.S. Army Ordnance Department required that virtually every part of the M1 Carbine be marked with a manufacturer's or subcontractor's code, Riesch has unraveled the manufacturer's and subcontractor's codes---again by serial number range --- and eliminated many "spurious codes" and myths. Every major and most minor parts are now conclusively identified by manufacturer and serial number range, making it possible for the collector, shooter, and historian to examine an M1 Carbine to determine its authenticity with a high degree of confidence.
Using the charts and photos in the book, the collector can identify the manufacturer and period of use for the receiver group, barrel group, trigger housing group, and stock group and their component parts. Butt plates by the various manufacturers are shown in full-size photographs for easy identification.
All variations of the M1 Carbine are discussed -- M1, M1A1, and M2 -- by manufacturer. The aspects that make up the two types of true M1A1 folding stock paratrooper carbines are described and photographed. Serial number ranges for original manufacture are included. Reproduction folding stocks are shown and points of difference are identified.
The book is divided into six chapters and ten appendices. Each chapter describes a major subgroup of the M1 Carbine: receiver, barrel, trigger assembly, and stock. Chapter six covers the M1 Carbine accessories issued to the soldier, and chapter seven the M3 trench knife and M4 bayonet, and their scabbards. The appendices include serial number sequences for each manufacturer, a description of the types of ammunition for the M1 Carbine, a discussion of "imported" carbines, an exploded view, and an M1 Carbine survey form on which the collector can list all parts of his or her carbine to determine authenticity. Complete instructions for disassembling the carbine are included with photographs.
by Joe Poyer and Craig Riesch.
The most famous of all American battle rifles, the Ml Garand is described on a part-by-part basis, by serial number range and manufacturer. From the gas trap rifles through the MIC, MID and MC 1952 Sniper, National Match, Navy 7.62 x 51 mm NATO, British, Danish, and all lend lease rifles, the text and illustrations have been up dated and new information added.
This new 6th edition has been revised and expanded to include the very latest information developed by the North Cape Publications, Inc. research team to describe the "greatest battle implement ever" (General George Patton). It encompasses the entire range of Ml Garand production in text and quick-scan charts, and includes dimensions, markings, finishes and changes by serial number range for all parts in the manner our readers have come to expect from us.
Using this book, any Ml Garand can be analyzed in minutes to determine if it is "as manufactured" or to replace parts or rebuild the rifle to return it to its original condition and increase its collector's value. Every part by each of the four manufacturers---pre-World War II, World War II and post-War Il---is analyzed and described. The book also provides the most complete analysis yet of the World War II Ml Garand as well as an expanded chapter on the MIC, MID and MC 1952 sniper rifles. Included is a thorough discussion of their telescopic sights and mounts to pinpoint which one is correct for a particular period.
The U.S. Navy's 7.62 x 51mm NATO rifles, all British, Danish, and other Lend-Lease Ml Garands are also described. A classification structure for National Match Rifles has been devised which permits the collector to first determine whether or not a particular Ml Garand is a National Match rifle, and then to determine when it was assembled.
We have also included the War Department's World War II list of subcontractors and the markings. This will aid in identifying correct World War II parts.
Finally a new section, "Changes and Additions From the Previous Edition" has been added to the book. All are listed by page number for quick reference.
All North Cape Publications, Inc. books are updated with the latest new information in every subsequent edition.
by Steve Kehaya and Joe Poyer. A complete analysis of the Communist Bloc's SKS Carbine -the first detailed study of this fine, collectible carbine in twenty-five years. Every part analyzed to tell you how to determine its country of origin and whether or not those parts are compatible between SKS carbines of different Nation's manufacture.
This famed Soviet-designed shoulder arm, which together with the AK-47, armed hundreds of thousands of "National Liberation Front" fighters from Vietnam to Angola. It was manufactured in six countries and its total production ran into the tens of millions. Since 1986, over 1,000,000 of those Albanian, Russian, East German, Chinese, North Vietnamese, North Korean, Romanian and Yugoslav SKS Carbines were imported into the United States. That vast number not only provides a fertile field for collectors, but helps keep prices low enough to make the SKS carbine a fine plinking and hunting rifle.
The SKS Carbine examines the firearm on a part-by-part basis so that you can determine 1) which parts are original on a particular SKS carbine, 2) in which country they were produced, 3) which of those parts are interchangeable between different manufacturers and which are not, 4) how to read serial numbers to determine date of manufacture and country of origin, and 5) what the inspection markings stamped on metal and wood parts mean. Since the vast majority of SKS Carbines in the U.S. are military surplus, you will learn how to examine and select a fine, shootable SKS Carbine. You are also provided with complete assembly/disassembly instructions, how to manufacture most parts if you cannot find a commercial source, and ammunition characteristics, and ballistic information.
An expanded list of factory codes for the Chinese SKS carbines has been made available to the authors by collector Howard Bearse. That information and more has also been included in this 4th revised and expanded edition of The SKS Carbine.
by Arthur Pirkle.
The famous "Big Three" of lever action repeaters are completely analyzed part-by-part by serial number range in this first new book on these fine weapons in twenty years."This book is truly for the serious collector... Mr. Pirkle's scholarship is excellent and his presentation of the information.. is to be commended."
The first new book on these earliest Winchesters in twenty-five years, and the first to provide a complete, part-by-part description including dimensions, finishes, markings and variations. The venerable, and very collectable "Yellow Boy," the "Gun the Won the West" and the scarce Model 1876 are completely analyzed and described in text and charts. All serial number lists have been revised and are included, courtesy of U.S. Repeating Arms Company.
by Arthur Pirkle,
Continuing his outstanding study of the Winchester lever actions, the first in twenty years Mr. Pirkle provides a part-by-part by serial number range description of these wonderful rifles. He sets new standards with every book.
The second in this study of Winchester lever action repeaters, the first in twenty five years, covers the extremely popular John M. Browning-designed Models of 1886 and 1892. These are currently the hottest collectible Winchesters because of their affordability. As in Vol. 1, Pirkle describes each model on a part-by-part basis by serial number range complete with all finishes, markings and changes to each and every part. He also provides detailed appendices to assist the collector.
by Arthur Pirkle.
This is the third volume in Arthur Pirkle's major new study of the Winchester Lever Action Repeating Rifles, the first in more than 25 years. As in the two previous volumes, the Models of 1894 and 1895 are examined and described on a part-by-part by serial number basis. All dimensions, markings, finishes and any changes to a part are listed complete with its serial number range of use. The Model 1894 has 66 parts, the Model 1895, 62. With very few exceptions, each part was changed at least once during its manufacturing life, and sometimes, more often. These changes make it easy to determine the authenticity of a Winchester Lever Action Rifle. Parts are described so thoroughly that you will be able to differentiate between "Winchester-manufactured," after-market or reproduction parts.
Winchester Lever Action Repeating Rifles, Vol. 3, The Models of 1894 and 1895 provides a complete and detailed description of every one of these changes. Experienced collectors know that the value of the firearms in their collection depends in large part on their authenticity. Know that your Winchester lever action repeating rifle is correct; if it isn't, let Arthur Pirkle show you how to replace incorrect, or worse, reproduction parts.
by Lee A. Rutledge
Mr Rutledge traces the development of the familiar Indian
War period U.S. Army uniform from those worn during the Civil War through
its evolution to meet the conditions encountered on the plains, deserts and
in the mountains of the western United States in the immediate post-War period.
Through the use of first-person accounts, General Service records and period
photographs, Mr. Rutledge provides text and identification and charts a true
picture and understanding of the inadequate uniforms worn by the underarmed
garrisons west of the Mississippi.
Mark Kasal and Don Moore
In 1872, the Franco-Prussian War had recently ended leaving the new German nation the strongest military power on the continent. So impressed were the worlds military officials with the lightning-quick German military victory that almost overnight French influence on tactics and uniforms was replaced with a strong Germanic flavor.
The United States Army and its leaders were no exception. In the midst of developing and adopting a new uniform for officers and enlisted men, the Prussian influence was most evident in the new dress helmet issued in 1871. It had a high crown with a rudimentary front brim and a sloping rear brim that quickly earned the nickname, lobstertail. It was crowned with a spike for foot troops or a horsehair plume for mounted men. It looked so much like a German dress helmet of the time that the U.S. Army military attache to the American Embassy in Paris was booed on the streets by Parisians who thought he was a German officer.
The M1872 Dress Helmet has intrigued collectors and military historians ever since. It was one of the most colorful dress helmets ever worn by American Army troops. Cavalry plumes and cords were a lemon yellow color and the plumes dangled well below the rear brim. A plaited cord was attached to the helmet and looped around the shoulders and chest to keep the helmet from being lost when mounted on horseback or in a high wind. Artillery troops wore bright red cords and plumes or polished spikes and Signal Corps soldiers wore orange and white later, all black cords and plumes. Even the Corps of Indian Scouts had their own distinctive white and red cords and plumes.
In 1881, the height of the crown and the length of the rear brim were reduced to make the helmet more comfortable to wear. Other branches and units of the Army received permission to "customize" their helmets with their own distinctive insignia, expanding the variations available to the delight of collectors nearly a hundred years later.
The decorative helmets were worn by the U.S. Army including such notables as George Custer, John J. Pershing, Phil Sheridan, James W Forsyth, William T. Sherman, Alfred Terry, Ranald McKenzie, Nelson Miles and even Tom Mix til 1904 when they were replaced in that year by a flat, peaked cap and much of the pomp and color went out of the military.
"A Guide Book to U.S. Army Dress Helmets 1872 to 1904" describes both the Model 1872 and Model 1881 dress helmets in exhaustive detail. Separate chapters describe reproduction helmets and helmet parts which have appeared over the past several decades and tells how to determine which parts are real and which are reproductions; also how to clean, restore and care for helmets and tips on finding collectable helmets and parts at shows and on the internet. Numerous photos of helmets and helmet parts are included as are eight full pages of color plates showing correct enlisted and officers helmets for study. Also included is an extensive gallery of period photographs showing the helmets as worn by troops of the time.
by Joe Poyer. Describes the elusive and little-known "Trench Shotgun" and all other combat shotguns used by U.S. military forces.
All U.S. combat shotguns are examined and described part-by-part by serial number range. Winchester Model 97 and Model 12 trench and riot guns are described fully by serial number range. In addition, military trench and riot guns manufactured by Remington, Ithaca, Savage, Stevens and Mossberg are also described, complete with factory and Ordnance Department markings, serial number ranges, finishes and special points of identification. Combat shotguns in use through the Vietnam War to today are also described.
We have managed to obtain a very few copies of the original edition of Roy Marcot’s famous book on the Spencer repeating rifle and carbine published in 1983 and the most authoritative work on this famous Civil and Indian War firearm. These are new and in the original wrapping. They have been in storage for twenty years by a well-known Civil War carbine collector and expert. They have now been released for sale. These are the last known brand-new, unopened books from the original edition. They command prices in excess of $300 on the collector’s market.
Those of you familiar with the book know that it covers in detail the development and manufacture of all Spencer repeating rifles and carbines and their accessories from 1858 to 1868. Also included are Christopher Spencer’s other famous firearms inventions, the Roper Repeating Rifles and Shotguns and the Spencer Slide Action Shotgun. The descriptions and photographs are superb.
As noted above, we have a very limited number of these original, unopened books from the first edition. Each will include an autographed label by the author to apply to the book if you chose to open it.
by J.S. and Pat Wolf
This is a detailed and thorough book about shooting this fine old warrior with cartridges you make yourself from modern components, cartridges that will duplicate the Army’s 19th Century tack drivers. If you collect or shoot the .45-70 Springfield, this volume is a must.
This 3rd edition now also contains a chapter on loading the .45 Long Colt cartridge for you Cowboy shooting enthusiasts. The recipes, lists of bullets, primers, powders and cartridge cases are all based on firsthand experience for both the.45-70 Government and the .45 Long Colt cartridges. We’ve tried ‘em and they work. We were able to match the .45-70 Government reloads to the sights on our Model 1884 trapdoor. And our 7 1/2 inch Colt Peacemaker (1884 vintage) now shoots to point of aim at 50 yards, just as it was meant to do.
by G. de Vries and B.J. Martens.
The MP38/40 sub machine gun was often mistakenly called the
"Schmeisser" by G.I.s during World War II. In actual fact, it was
a product of Heinrich Vollmer's genius and it was developed and produced by
the Erma Company. Widely manufactured and issued on all fronts by German forces,
it is almost as familar as the Mauser rifle. It was the first submachine gun
with a folding butt stock and no wood at all. It ran through three variations,
each improving the weapon and easing production requirements. The fourth,
the Model 1941, combined the best attributes of hte MP28,II and the MP40.
This book is written by G.de Vries and B.J. Martens, who also wrote the "K98k Mauser." The book is also part of the Special Interest Publications series and like the K98k book, not only provides a complete history of the submachine gun's development and use, but specialized information concerning markings and identification points of special interest to the collector.
The book is heavily illustrated with original World War II photographs.
Harcover, 8.75 x 8.75 inches in size, 152 pages and over 200 photos.
Roy Marcot’s long-awaited book on one of America’s most famous hunting and sporting rifles is now available.
This new 330-page hardbound book is printed in full color. Individual chapters describe in detail the Remington No.1, No.1½, No.2, No.4, No.5 and
No.7 rolling block firearms. The No.1 expanded section includes full chapters on the development of the rolling block system, early sporting rifles, engraved and embellished rifles, Creedmoor Long Range rifles, Mid-Range and Short Range rifles, Schuetzen rifles, Bench rest rifles, and Buffalo rifles.
Every model is described in great detail, with over 250 comprehensive color photographs of all important aspects. Besides the quality of the photography, what sets this book apart is the 12 x 10 inch layout of the photographs and text in a flowing matrix designed by well-known graphic artist, Ron Paxton. Noted antique arms authority, Norm Flayderman, in writing the Foreword to this book, said, "the quality of the photography in this new book sets a new standard that all future arms books will be held to."
Research on this epic study of one of America’s most famous hunting and sporting rifle began twenty-three years ago. Countless trips were made by the author to museums and private gun collections throughout the United States and Great Britain. Mr. Marcot also spent hundreds of hours over the past eighteen years combing through the Remington company archives drawing material from original surviving production, sales and shipping records.
The Remington Rolling Block Rifles, Carbines & Shotguns - Sporting & Target Rifles in the standard hardbound edition retails for $100ºº, plus Priority Mail, and each book is personally autographed by the author, Roy Marcot; by the technical adviser, Jay Lewis; and by the graphic artist, Ron Paxton. A special, deluxe, leather-bound book with full leather slip-case, page ribbon and gilt-edged pages, also autographed, is available for $165ºº , plus $11.95 Priority Mail. The ISBN number for the standard edition is
978-0-9611494-0-6 and for the deluxe edition, 978-0-9611494-5-1.
North Cape Publications, Inc. has been granted full distribution rights for the book.
by Scott Duff.
New owners of M1 Garands often have many questions about the care and feeding of their rifles. Scott Duff has set out to answer these in a new book that provides detailed instructions on assembly/disassembly, maintenance, trouble shooting, zeroing the sights and shooting of this famous World War II battle rifle.
by Walt Kuleck with Clint McKee.
ISBN # is 1-888722-13-4
Have you ever thought about turning that mismatched or imported beat-up old M1 Garand into a tack-driving, accurized rifle, or even assembling a complete M1 Garand from parts? Receivers, barrels and plenty of G.I. parts are still around and at reasonable prices.
Applying the same system of techniques that worked so well in The AR15 Complete Assembly Guide, this new book provides all the information you need to know on how to select parts - and where to find them - how to inspect each part, how to fit the bolt to the receiver using hand tools, how to fit a barrel to the receiver if you are somewhat handy with
tools - or how to have it done professionally to obtain the proper head space with a "stright up" barrel.
Even if you don't plan to build an M1 Garand from scratch, this book contains more than enough information to enable you to resolve virtually every problem you might encounter with an M1 Garand.
In addition, the book presents a valuable guide to the proper assembly/disassembly procedure and maintenance and inspection. This is a book that should be in the library of every M1 Garand collector and shooter.
by Scott Duff.
Does for the M1 Carbine what the "M1 Garand: Owner's Guide" does for the M1 Garand. There are thousands of M1 Carbines available on the market, so how do you go about selecting one that is shootable as well as collectible? This book also provides a complete description of the assembly/disassembly process, maintenance, trouble shooting, sight zeroing and shooting as well as a list of qualified gunsmiths and sources for parts and accessories.
by C.S. Ferris
This new edition of Nick Ferris' popular book on the Rock Island manufactured has been revised and expanded with additional, recently uncovered information about both the rod bayonet and .30-06 models. Numerous new photos, illustrations and charts have also been added. The book discusses in detail the original production of the rod bayonet rifles and their subsequent alteration to .30-03 and then .30-06 caliber. The Rock Island rifles were manufactured into 1913 by which time enough rifles had been produced the two national armories to equip the entire peacetime military establishment. Production resumed again in 1917 on America's entry into World War II and closed again in 1919 although parts continued to be made into 1922. The Rock Island Arsenal also had a long history as an arms depot dating from the period of the Blackhawk War in 1831-1832. Established as a government arsenal in 1862, it continues in operation to this day.
The Rock Island Rifle, Model 1903" makes a wonderful supplement to our own Model 1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations by Joe Poyer. (Click here for details button with link to the Model 1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations"
by Walt Kuleck and Scott Duff, (2nd Edition)
Walt Kuleck and Scott Duff really have written the complete owner's guide to the AR15 rifle. Intended for the beginning to serious competitor, it also will serve the needs of the causal plinker, hunter and collector. The operation, disassembly and reassembly of the rifle is covered in great detail.
by Walt Kuleck and Clint McKee
Want to build your own AR15 Rifle. Between our "The
M16/AR15 Rifle, A Shooter's and Collector's Guide" and this book,
you will have all the information you need to select the parts from receiver
to barrel to stock and furniture to assemble your own AR15 rifle in any configuration
from A2 to A4 to Match Rifle to Space Gun. In our book, the West Coast technique
is presented with Jim Gronning's (Gruning Precision) step-by-step selection
and assembly procedures. In The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide, Volume 2, you
get the east coast view and techniques through the eyes of Clint McKee, master
gunsmith and owner of the Fulton Armory.
Kuleck and McKee not only tell you how to select the parts and assemble them properly, they point out any pitfalls you might encounter and tell you how to overcome them. They then tell you how to test each component and the finished product.
If you are an M16/AR15 afficionado, then this is the book you need.
by Terrence W. Lapin
Polish Radom pistols have always been very collectible
pistols but very little has been know about them and their markings.
Few collectors even know that "Radom" is not the pistol's name at all,
but is the name of the factory in which it was manufactured under the
Polish government before World War II.
The pistol was a Polish design and was adopted in 1936 as the Vis wzor 1935 (Vis is the Polish word for "power"). An extimated 90,000 P-35 pistols were produced for the Polish army before World War II and another 300,000 to 350,000 under the German Occupation.
In his usual thorough manner, Mr. Lapin provides a complete history of the pistol's development, service trials and use by both the Polish Armed Forces and the Nazis. He also provides a part-by-part description of the pistol, its markings, both Polish and German, a complete assembly/disassembly section and a translation of an original Polish Army military manual he recently discovered in U.S. government archives. The manual includes instruction on pistol marksmanship with the P-35 Vis.
by Terrence W. Lapin.
This book contains the most complete listing of military markings to be found on any of the dozens of models of Mauser bolt action rifles used by any country in the world, from Argentina to Yugoslavia. The markings are categorized by type, nation, language, numerically and alphabetically. Categories include coats of arms, emblems, German Wartime and Police District codes. All inscriptions, numbers and tests are translated from both Western and non-Western languages. Terrence Lapin is the author of the very fine The Mosin-Nagant Rifles and The Soviet Mosin-Nagant Manual. Fully illustrated @ $22.95
translated and annotated by Terence W. Lapin.
Terry Lapin, the author of "The Mosin-Nagant Rifle," published
by North Cape Publications, Inc., has completed a new translation of the Soviet
Soldier's Handbook, published in 1955, "Manual of Arms; The 1891/30 Rifle
and the M1938 and the M1944 Carbines." This was the book issued to all Soviet
soldiers with their M1891/30, M1938 or M1944 Mosin-Nagant Rifles. For those
of you who shoot the Mosin- Nagant, this is a must have book. It not only
covers the care and maintenance of the Mosin-Nagant, but tells you how to
shoot it, how to adjust the sights, how to shoot at various targets, moving
and still, and provides all the technical data on the rifle and two carbines.
Mr. Lapin has not only translated this Soviet manual but has annotated it to explain terms, phrases and practices that will not be familiar to a non-Russian audience.
translated by Terence W. Lapin.
Not a week goes by that we do not get a request for information on the Italian rifles. How do you take them apart? How do you shoot them? How do you disassemble the bolt? What kind of ammunition do they use? What kind of bayonet is correct? How do I use that rear sight? Terry Lapin, the author of "The Mosin-Nagant Rifle" and "Mauser Military Markings" and the translator of "The Soviet Mosin-Nagant Military Manual" has provided a translation of the Italian Army's own manual for the Mannlicher M95 (much of this information will also apply to the Carcano series). This is the same manual issued to Italian soldiers, but it was also used by officers and non-commissioned officers to train their men in the use of the rifle. An excellent reference work that will answer a lot of questions.
by Colin Webster
Argentina was one of the first nations to adopt the radically new bolt action rifle designed by Paul Mauser, the Model 1871. This began a tradition with the Argentine military that lasted until 1959, when the switch was made to the FAL self-loading rifle manufactured locally. While thousands of Argentine Mausers are available at reasonable prices to collectors, very little has been written about this line of major bolt action rifles. Colin Webster has corrected this situation. He has collected Argentine Mausers for years and while living and working in Argentina from 1999 to 2001, he took the opportunity to research the history and production of the Argentine Mauser. To that, he has added definitive analyses of the Mauser models of 1871, 1889, 1888, 189, 1909 and 1933. Various chapters cover each model complete with all variations including carbines, bayonet, sniper rifles and optics, and all accessories issued to the soldier. This is one of the most definitive works we have yet seen. The book is hardbound, 296 pages long, and profusely illustrated. It will answer any and all questions you could ever have about these fine rifles.
New Expanded and revised 2nd edition by George B. Johnson $59.95
First published in 1965 by George Johnson and Hans Bert Lockhaven,
this new edition has now been updated with additional information and new
photographs. For those of you who are not familiar with International Armament,
Volumes I and II, it was for years the "bible" of those who collected "modern"
military arms. The original two volume set was published by Sam Cumming's
INTERARMCO, the sucessor to Francis Bannerman and the first to import collectible
World War I and II arms into the United States after World War II. At that
time, very little of interest to collectors had been published on these rifles
and pistols and Sam Cummings felt that a book such as International Armament
would assist his sales. He was right.
When I was a teenager, a friend of the family gave me a copy of the original two volume set and it turned my interest into collecting as well as shooting. I still have that two volume set on my reference shelf and it is still the first source I turn to when researching a new weapon.
The original two volume set has been combined into one book and republished in an expanded and revised edition by Ironside International Publishers, Inc. It covers in detail, virtually every firearm used by any military anywhere in the world between the mid-19th century and the end of World War II, from the Austrian 9mm Steyr to Colt single action to the series of French Automatic pistols from 1935 to 1950. Rifle discussed range from the Dryese needle fire to the Springfield M1903 to AR-15. Additional sections cover submachine guns, light machine guns and machine guns. Every entry presents a history of the arms development and use, specifications, any modifications made to the weapon in service, manufacturers, methods of operation, and field stripping procedures. International Armament is truly a book that belongs on every collector's reference shelf.
by Thomas F. Swearengen
Thomas F Swearengen served as a U.S. Marine for thirty years and retired as
a Chief Warrant Officer. He served during World War II, then as an explosive
ordnance disposal expert during the Korean War, and as an intelligence
officer during the war in Vietnam. His book traces the development and use
of the shotgun as a military weapon from its earliest beginnings as a
"birding piece" and blunderbuss through the war in Vietnam. He notes that
American's were the most enthusiastic-and almost the only- users of shotguns
in military service. The book covers single shot fighting shotguns,
multibarrel fighting shotguns; rotary-chamber fighting shotguns;
lever-action, slide action, semiautomatic, and automatic fighting shotguns;
weapons systems and ammunition. The book is heavily illustrated with
hundreds of photos of shotguns used by the military, and by such notable
peace officers and outlaws as Wyatt Earp, Heck Thomas, "Pretty Boy" Floyd,
Bonnie and Clyde, and many more.
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