- 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #862,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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
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.Read more ›
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This is a must have book for your gun referance collection. Covers all the Mannlicher models. Highly recommend this bookPublished on July 23, 2013 by Ray Noden
A very thorough review of the background of the Mannlicher rifle.A Very interesting read. A must own for a collector.Published on May 22, 2013 by Paul
This book has wonderful historical photos, but not much data for a collector. The layout is OK, but I wish the author had included more data such as dates of manufacture, etc.Published on April 20, 2013 by John P. Hudson
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. Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by Michael