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Good technical resource for Mauser owners
on April 10, 2000
This book is mainly a technical reference for Swedish Mauser rifles. The bulk of the book is contained in the chapter on parts, in which every part of the rifle is described in great detail for every model of Swedish Mauser. If you have a Swedish Mauser, these descriptions are very useful.
The other chapters are less substantial, providing an overview of the whole range of Swedish Mauser models, the life history of that rifle in the Swedish military and its final disposition out of that military, the marking system used on that rifle (serial numbers, status disk, inspections, etc.), a short excursion into sniper rifle models, some accessories available for the Swedish Mauser, and various (too short) appendixes on Swedish military history, Mauser production records, steels used, ammunition used, and so on.
If you own (as I do) or are thinking of purchasing a Swedish Mauser, this book is very useful and informative. If you don't own one of these rifles, the book won't be as useful although it will help you round out your knowledge of historical weapons.
If you don't own any guns and aren't interested in them, you'll probably wonder why anyone in their right mind would write a book like this.