Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World; The Full-Color Guide to All Your Favorite Vintage and Surplus Rifles
Discover a whole world of bolt-action military rifles as your authors take you on a country-by-country tour of these fascinating weapons. Never before has this subject been covered in such detail -- including an astounding 2,431 professional color photographs. Each rifle is shown in a number of large overall and close-up views, including serial numbers and mechanical variations. Small features like proof marks are blown up in massive, clear enlargements so every detail can be observed. Translations are provided when rifles are marked in another language and all confusing proofs, serial numbers and markings are explained. Handy tables list key specifications for each rifle, making identifying rifles in your collection easy, while the straight-forward text covers manufacture of the weapon and its issue to the troops. Special attention is given to identifying valuable rarities while avoiding rebuilds and fakes. Find out why the editor of the 'American Rifleman' calls this new guide, 'absolutely the finest single volume on the subject to date...invaluable' and says 'if you are at all interested in military bolt-action rifles, you must buy this book.' And since it is written by the editors of 'Gun Collector Magazine', you know you can trust the information. Whether you are interested in Mausers, Mosin-Nagants, Enfields, Springfields, Lebels or Arisakas or any other military bolt action, this 'must have' reference guide will quickly become a trusted tool in your reference arsenal. Printed to the highest standards in full color, it might just be the most beautiful gun book ever produced...so don't hesitate. You are going to love it.
By Lawrence Mier - February 12, 2009
It is an excellent, high quality book with a printed cover and a matching dust cover. Written to provide an overall brief description and an in depth photographic review of specific military bolt action rifles for the milsurp collector, Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World by Stuart Mowbray and Joe Puleo offers an excellent photographic reference providing not often encountered photographic details that should be of assistance to all milsurp collectors. This book is not a price guide like Schwing's Standard Catalog of Military Firearms, nor is it a manual on disassembly like the author's superb book entitled The Collectors Guide to Military Rifle Disassembly and Reassembly. What makes this book brilliant are the photo mosaics providing close-up, detailed, professional, color photos of stock cartouches, marker's marks, and overviews of the rifles. Like Gun Collector magazine, these are outstanding quality photos grouped in an artistic manner providing a well illustrated book with... read more
Bolt action masterpiece
By MeridianX - June 29, 2009
The book is not only a good read but the pictures are simply outstanding for this genre. The history of the rifles presented are not a cut and paste from old resources but a fresh outlook from individuals who have handled the weapons and kept up to date with the latest info. The photos are reproduced in high quality color with lots of inset pictures showing cartouches, arsenal markings etc. For the collector of surplus rifles this is one stop shopping at its best. I sincerely hope a semi-automatic rifle book is in the works as volume II.
Absolutely Outstanding in Every Way!!!
By M. Hurley - September 17, 2009
Where to start? I've saved MORE than the cost of this book by avoiding purchasing what LOOKED like a great deal on a milsurp rifle. The book is well put together, the photography is beautiful, and I've been pointed in some new directions for my collection.
This book is easily worth the asking price. If you're interested in milsurp collecting, BUY THIS BOOK!!!