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Argentine Mauser Rifles: 1871-1959 (Schiffer Military History Book) Hardcover – August 1, 2003


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  • Series: Schiffer Military History Book
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764318683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764318689
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Keller on October 13, 2009
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The writer of this book has gathered the most incredible amount of documentation on Mausers that I have ever seen. Production numbers, serial numbers, years and months of production, the months and years the Mausers were shipped from Germany to Argentina and even the names of the ships on which the Mausers became cargo enroute to South America.

The rifles, carbines and all their variants are here. Sniper rifles with special telescopic sights, very special presentation rifles and carbines with gold and other precious inlays. The tools and auxillary devices are also thoroughly covered.

Also a fascinating history of Argentina's conflict with other South American countries like Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, the Chaco War and also, the fine line it walked with diplomatic finesse between the United States and England and yet secretly trying to remain friendly with Germany without drawing the ire of England and the United States (there was a secret meeting with Hitler, covered on page 209).

Fascinating reading about the factories and how a German firm gave Argentina a set of books, hundreds of volumes, with procedures and specifics for setting up a Mauser factory. I found their method of barrel making was a very interesting read. Pay attention to the materials used in making the barrels; I was amazed.

The dedication of this writer to finding such a monumental amount of information is staggering. I never realised the Argentine push for the finest rifles possible is what drove Mauser to the development of the model 1898 at the insistance of the Argentines.

If you own or have an interest in 1909 Argentine Mausers, or any Mauser for that matter, this book is an absolute must have. You will never find another work such as this one. Grab it while you can.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven M. Richards on January 9, 2008
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This book is ean excellent source of information about the Mausers used by Argentina. If you are a collector, it should be in your library and consulted often.
It helped me identify a fairly rare model that was offered for sale at a good price and paid for itself in that one transaction.

The pictures are very good and clearly identify what is being refered to in the text.
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By John I. Belisle on April 26, 2011
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I have a long history with Argentine model 1891 Mausers since my Dad bought one "sporterized" out of the Sears Catalogue when I was a kid in the mid 1950s. I shot my first few deer with it as did my younger brother and each of my three sons. Out of curiosity I bought this book with some Christmas money and couldn't be happier. I'm a retired engineer and found it very interesting especially from a historical engineering perspective with a lot of detail about the design decisions and the whole process of developing a new rifle and I was especially interested in the actual old engineering drawings and photos of the manufacturing machinery and descriptions of the process itself. The proof testing design pressures were also an eye opener. A day or two after I finished it I was paging through the drawings again and noticed that I could actually read the dimensions of the barrel on the original drawing in the book from the 1800s (with a magnifying glass). They were in the typical European writing style and script. With these dimensions I decided to fool around with my CAD computer drafting program and drew the barrel on CAD. I then paged through some old cartridge reloading manuals and found the dimensions for the 7.65 x 53 cartridge and drew it as well. But when I placed the cartridge into the barrel drawing by using the group and move features of CAD I found that the cartridge was a little too long so was a little disapointed until I realised that the barrels were probably "Short Chambered" so they could be finish reamed by hand to the final chamber dimensions after the barrel, action, and bolt were assembled together. This is a common gunsmithing practice now for replacement barrels. After this the serial number was probably stamped into each part. So I am very pleased with this purchase.
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By jenpaulhome on May 9, 2011
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My husband is in love with the Argentine Mauser right now and has wanted this book for sometime but well its expensive but I have to tell you its a wonderful book and he loves it so much. The book is a large heavy volume and has huge amounts of information on the Mauser. Do not be afraid to purchase as I am sure you will love it.
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The book provides a superb level of detail for all aspects of this type of rifle. The author has performed one of the finest levels of research that I have ever seen. Without hesitation I highly recommend this text to anyone wanting the definitive reference manual on Argentine Mauser Rifles. Buy it!
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By TerCol on April 3, 2014
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I think this book is excellent for the material it covers. The author covers nearly everything there is to know about the Argentine rifles. I would have liked to see a section on what was done to the rifles during arsenal refurbishment.
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A very well made investigation about the production and history of this rifles and the political events involved in the contracts. And thanks of this book now i kow the production date and steam that brought the my rifle to Argentina.
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