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A Collector's Guide to the German Gew. 88 "Commission" Rifles and Carbines Paperback – June 2, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Andrew Mowbray Inc., Publishers (June 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931464308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931464307
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Philip D. Long on August 6, 2007
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This is a well written-well researched book on a reletively unknown weapon of the German army, the 1888 mauser and commission series of firearms. It details the earlier needle rifles as well as the world famous GEW 98 Mauser that replaced 88. The gew 88 was not only used by the germans for over 40 years but was common on the world market and used from Chile to China, from Argentinia to Abyssinia. The amazing collection of pictures alone is worth the price.
Mr. scarlata has written a reference book that belongs on the shelves of every military historian or arms collector, no library should be without it.
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By DT on April 1, 2013
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This is a good book on a topic that has to my knowledge never been explored. The 88 has always taken a back seat to the 98 and finally there is a book for those us who appreciate the 1888. The information is good but is by no means complete. For some reason writers of books about firearms feel the need to open their work by expounding upon the history of man's use of weapons from the beginning of time before getting to the point and focusing upon their intended subject. This book was no exception, but when the 1888 Commission Rifle comes into focus the book delivers what it should. There is a whole rich topic that the book never even touches upon and that is the many fine sporting rifles that were built around the 1888 action in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I would love to see this subject addressed in book form.
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This is the only serious book on the Commission 88 rifle I have yet seen. It details the many changes made to this arm due to the rapidly changing arms scene in the first decade after the introduction of smokeless powder. I would have enjoyed seeing some coverage of the sporting models based on this action, but I guess you have to draw the line somewhere.
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By Peter Z. on November 12, 2014
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More than as advertised. It is not only a history of the 88 it is also a geopolitical history of Europe and the arms race through the second half of the 19th century and into the 20th. Wonder, fascinating work. Very happy with it.
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My husband is a collector of antique rifles, and he was elated to get this book for Christmas. :-D
Full of good information and photos, highly recommended for collectors.
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Sadly - my copy when received was missing pages 17 thru 32. I'll make due with what I have. It's fortunate that I was able to read the missing information elsewhere.
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