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Swiss Magazine Loading Rifles 1869 to 1958, 2nd edition, revised Paperback – October 20, 2010
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Following the established "For Collector's Only" format and systematic approach of presenting information on collecting firearms, Joe's new book includes history of the development as well as a detailed, part-by-part analysis of the famous rifles and carbines. The book covers Friedich Vetterli's design of one of the very the first military bolt action repeaters and the original designs of Rudolf Schmidt's (Eduard Rubin actually designed the cartridge) straight-pull action rifles and carbines.
Presents extensive information for detail cartouche and marking identification so you will be able to answer the "when and where your rifle or carbine was made" questions you may have.
A good book for the beginning collector of Swiss rifles and carbines.
I would not have guessed that the Swiss played such a leading role in the development of small arms, but Joe Poyer's book, SWISS MAGAZINE LOADING RIFLES 1869-1958, proved to be an effective wake-up call for me. I remember spotting an odd looking carbine at a gun store in a nearby city and finally finding a picture of it in Smith and Smith's SMALL ARMS OF THE WORLD.
It wasn't a Carcano like the store thought it was. It was a Swiss M 1893 carbine chambered for the GP 1890 7.5 X 53.5 mm cartridge and the design was borrowed from the Austrian 1888/90 carbine. Smith and Smith had only a line or two on this carbine and only a brief, but helpful summary of other Swiss rifles. There wasn't anything else (in English, at least) on Swiss rifles.
Gradually, I accumulated more of them including an assortment of Schmidt rifles, an 89/96, an M-11, an M-11 carbine (the so-called "Engineer's carbine)and an assortment of K-31s. All of them are beautifully constructed, well marked and accurate. The only exception is the M-93 carbine which I don't shoot due to a crack in the wrist of the stock.
North Cape Publishers' excellent FOR COLLECTORS ONLY finally gave me a great reference for these rifles. I enjoy them a lot more now that I can read up on them.
Poyer also gives us some interesting history. Switzerland was the first country to adopt a bolt-action repeating rifle, the .41 caliber Vetterli with an 11 round tubular magazine.Read more ›
I got turned on to these magnificent Swiss rifles via YT videos from iraqveteran8888 (betcha some of you other readers/reviewers did too, am I right?) and that fine gent hickock45. This book has worsened my "Swiss Flu" condition considerably. Thus far I have decided to stick with the K31 mainly due to practical considerations -- it's a dollar-store sniper-grade rifle that eats ludicrously cheap ammo and is built like a Mercedes Benz. (Well, back when Mercedes Benzes were built like a Mercedes Benz.) But after reading Poyer's book here, I find myself thinking, "why not a K11? Maybe a Vetterli? There's some real history here -- these are the guns (and guys and gals with guns) that made Adolf Hitler poop in his pants."
So I guess if you, dear reader, have the Swiss Flu then I'm preaching to the choir. Good book. Buy it. Beats running to the message boards every 5 minutes to see what Guisan has to say.Read more ›
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Excellent history on Swiss rifles of that period. Lots of great info on the differences between some of the models. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Joseph N. Zerza