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Soviet Small Arms and Ammunition Hardcover – January 1, 1995

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Finnish Arms Museum Foundation, Note: Very Nice Clean Book, Very Minor Overall Wear, Alm. Like New, Very Mild Cover Wear (1995)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 9519718419
  • ISBN-13: 978-9519718415
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,490,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John M. Lane on October 8, 2007
This is a review of SOVIET SMALL-ARMS AND AMMUNITION by David Naumovich Bolotin. translated from the original Russian into English by Igor F. Naftul'eff. Mine is the hard cover edition published in 1995 by the Finnish Arms Museum Foundation.

This is a great reference book written by a Red Army veteran who fought at Stalingrad, Kursk, Warsaw and Berlin before returning to civilian life as a researcher at the prestigious Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Sapper and Communication Troops in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Eventually he earned a Ph.D. at Leningrad's university and his works (those which weren't classified at any rate) were regular features in every Red Army military review.

Bolotin's reputation was sufficiently impressive that SOVIET SMALL-ARMS AND AMMUNITION was published by the Finnish Arms Museum Foundation in 1995. Of course, most Finnish bolt-action military rifles were Soviet in origin, so this makes a lot of sense.

Bolotin's notes are helpful and his appendices, such as the list of Soviet small arms designers, are both unique and valuable. Bolotin's style is a bit heavy and technical, but he writes as an educated man who's had the advantage of seeing (and using) a lot of these same small arms in action. That's a rare combination of experience and education anywhere.

This is an expensive book, but it's well illustrated, well written and worth the investment if you're a serious collector, researcher and/or historian. I gave it five stars.
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