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Mannlicher Military Rifles: Straight Pull and Turn Bolt Designs Hardcover – August, 2004

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ISBN-13: 978-1931464147 ISBN-10: 1931464146

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Andrew Mowbray Inc., Publishers (August 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 1931464146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931464147
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Clark B. Timmins on June 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Overall, the production and physical quality of the book are beyond reproach. The paper, cover, and binding are all excellent. The information is basically sound, and covers the topic well. Paul Scarlata is clearly a well-informed, authoritative, and readable author. The best part of the book is the hundreds of high-quality photographs and illustrations (all black and white) of Mannlicher's rifles, including many period photographs showing the rifles in use.

Missing from the book, unfortunately, is substantive biographical information about Mannlicher the man. Scarlata does mention that such information is very hard to come by. This is partially offset by a review of the geopolitical era of Mannlicher, along with a discussion of rifle production facilities of the time, etc. Unfortunately, the single map of the Austro-Hungarian Empire provided is very difficult to read or use.

The book (with few exceptions) covers only the 'production' rifles of Mannlicher in any detail (which makes sense, of course); for these models it compares favorably with W.H.B. Smith's authoritative 1947 Mannlicher Rifles and Pistols.

I admit I was somewhat disappointed that the book devotes space to cover several non-Mannlicher rifles (e.g., the Schmidt-Rubin series, the Ross series, and the M1895 Lee) in some detail, instead of providing more topic-specific material.

Finally, there are some minor errors. For example, the illustration on page 47 is labeled "Model 87 Repeating Rifle with Revolving Magazine"; it is instead (I believe) a Model 82 Repeating Rifle with Forestock Tube Magazine. Such copy errors in a book of this type are, of course, serious.

All in all, a solid work from a competent author--very pleasing to own, informative to read, and well worth the purchase price. With a firm editor's hand, a future 2nd edition could be a true classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Krotec on November 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
this book is very informative on mannlicher riles right down to the different clips used
but the reason why i gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the historical flaws in the book
Mr. Scarlata says that in 1278 rudolf IV defeated the magyars at the battle of marchfeld however this is wrong
it was not rudolf IV but rudolf I and it was not the magyars he defeated but king ottokar of bohemia
he also says that after the austro prussian war instead of reorganizing the general staff and officer training
that they just searched for breech loading rifles this again is wrong while the austrian army did start right away
looking for breechloaders one of the first things archduke albrecht and general Beck did was reorganize the general staff and
officer training there is even more flaws with regard to World war one however the book is truly remarkable on the history of the
mannlicher rifles i just wish he would have done better research on the history of the monarchy but if you want to know about
mannlichers rifles this is a great book if you don't mind the historical flaws on the history of the monarchy
Richard K
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GoldengateSF on September 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
For quite some time there has been little published on Mannlicher designed long arms in English. The only sources were the classic books by W.H.B. Smith, these

being "Mannlicher rifles and pistols" and other material

cover in books like "The rifle". Other than periodical items

that would appear over the years, most of the coverage of this type of military long arm was given over to Mannlicher's

competitor, Mauser. This is somewhat ironic given the position of the Steyr Werke, that made the Mannlicher rifles,

was at one time probably the largest producer of small arms in the world at the time. They even picked up the slack for a number a government arsenals, that could'nt meet their production qoutas.

So in this work we have good solid coverage of the many bolt action designs of Mannlicher. These are complemented by good quality photographs, and numerous period photos of the arms in service.

As far as previously mentioned in another review, the reason there are no production figures is that the records

were supposedly "lost" during WW II. I have run across production figures in some of the Steyr literature, but the

author probably didn't bother to look at these.

Mannlicher is a difficult person to get a detailed biography

on, especially in English. In this book, is probably one of the most detailed accounts of the man to date.

My only quibble with the book is that the author insists on injecting his interpretation of European geopolitical situations into what should remain a work on Mannlicher bolt action rifles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Soubble on March 22, 2010
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Great photos in the book. Good historical background. I was hoping for more detail on the Dutch Mannlichers, but there was barely a page of info on that.
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I was very pleased with Paul Scarlata's book. He has done much research on a military rifle that, until now, has not enjoyed much discussion. The photos alone are worth the price of the book; military photos of the Austro-Hungarian Army (prime user of the Model 95) tend to be limited, even in books about World War I, and Scarlata has done an admirable job in researching the archives to pull together all these photos. I do have two comments which could be viewed as "constructive criticism": I question Scarlata's comment that Ferdinand Mannlicher had more rifle patents than any other maker of military rifles; I would have thought Paul Mauser had more! And I would have liked to have seen at least one photo of the World War I sniper version of the Model 95 rifle. All in all, a great reference for the collector of military rifles!
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