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Collecting Classic Bolt Action Military Rifles 1st Edition
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Both veteran and budding collectors will find it immensely educational and absorbing. -- Magnum, The Shooters' Magazine
Each gun is illustrated in outstanding overall pictures...these pictures themselves are worth the price of the book. -- Gun Report, October 2001
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Paul Scarlata is a regular contributor to dozens of shooting and gun collecting magazines worldwide.
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Predictably, some rifles are covered more clearly and extensively than others, e.g., Enfields and Mausers. But even here, because the book is more a somewhat idiocyncratic history than a reference some things are covered and some are not. So while many different Mauser variants are covered, Israeli Mausers are not. True the Israelis didn't actually manufacture Mausers, but they did modify and rechamber them, and they are of particular interest to a lot of collectors but not to be found here.
There are many photos, including interesting ones of the rifles in action, but they are all in black and white. Again, a bit misleading, since the front of the book shows three rifles in bright color.
In sum, this is an excellent book for collectors to read in order to gain a better understanding of the origins of bolt action military rifles, but it is not really a very useful collector's reference.
What the field is thin on are general overview volumes on one particular field of collecting that have enough information to be useful on a broad variety of arms in that particular field. This book is one of those rare volumes.
While there are many more detailed works available on, say, Mausers or Mosins or Enfields, this book offers enough detail on the broad field of bolt action military rifles to be of assistance to both beginners and to more experienced collectors venturing outside their preferred field.
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