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Joe Poyer has written and published over 400 magazine articles and 35 books on antique and modern firearms and the modern military with twelve novels included in that number. He has written thirteen books in the North Cape Publications series on collectible firearms.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: North Cape Publications, Inc. (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882391322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882391325
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Mangrum on March 8, 2004
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If you have looked for any printed material on your K-31 you have found that the landscape is pretty barren. That was until North Cape Publications rolled out the detailed collectors' guide by Joe Poyer called For Collector's Only: Swiss Magazine Loading Rifles, 1869 to 1958. I have looked for other available books (printed in English) on the same subject and have not found any to date.
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.
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Very good book, even considering the lack of published material (in English) on these rifles. Incorporates most of the info available from various web sites and manuals on the straight-pull rifles, ammo, and bayonets. Only criticism I have is that I personally feel it would have been better organized by rifle model instead of being organized by the various elements, ie: all stocks, all receivers, etc.
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Switzerland didn't fight in either of the world wars which scarred the 20th century and shaped much of the world we know today. Its tiny size size contributes to the impression I used to have that Switzerland was interesting primarily because of its excellent chocolate, beautiful ski resorts and HEIDI.

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.
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We've got a long way to go before this book morphs into "The Borchardt & Luger Automatic Pistols" in 3 (very expensive!) hardcover volumes, but that said, this is a fine & dandy little resource. I immediately appreciated the info on removing the K31 extractor, something that a lot of YouTube bolt disassembly videos don't talk about, or try to discourage one from doing. Well, I did it about an hour ago on one of my three K31s and was able to clean a lot of foul grease, accumulated FrogLube, and crud out. The extractor was the only part on that rifle I had not disassembled, cleaned, re-blued, polished, re-crowned, or otherwise futzed with. So finally that rifle (I call her "Elsa", a.k.a. 952458) is well and truly sparkly clean. Nice.

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.
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