Just English language?
With some of the recents posts I was thinking it might be nice to have a list of books about Mausers. Please add any books I have left out.
Mauser Bolt Rifles by Ludwig Olson
Military Mauser Rifles of the World by Robt. Ball
German Military rifles and machine pistols 1871-1945 by Hans Dieter Götz
The German Rifle by John Walter
Rifle and Carbine 98 by Dr. Dieter Storz
German Military Rifles Vol. 1 & 2 by Dr. Dieter Storz
Argentine Mauser Rifles 1871-1959 by Colin Webster
Crown Jewels The Mauser in Sweden by Dana Jones
Serbian and Yugoslav Mausers by Branko Bogdanovic
Mauser Military Markings by Terence Lapin
The German Sniper by Peter Senich
Backbone of the Wermacht by Richard Law
Kriegsmodell by Michael Steves and Bruce Karem
Original Oberndorf Sporting Rifles by Jon Speed, et al.
The Mauser Archive by Jon Speed
Mauser Smallbores: Sporting, Target & Training Rifles by Jon Speed
Some other books a Mauser collector might want to own:
Small Arms of the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 by Ron Bester
The Imperial German Regimental Marking by Jeff Noll
Rifles of the World by John Walter
Hatchers Notebook by Julian Hatcher
Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World by Stuart Mowbray & Joe Puleo
Handbook of Military Rifles Marks, 1870-1950 by Noel Schott & Richard Hoffman
Standard Directory of Proof Marks - Gerhard Wirnsberger
[EDIT] add some websites
http://masterton.us/Spanmauhome Spanish Mausers
http://www.turkmauser.com/default.aspx Turk Mausers
http://www.rebooty.com/~dutchman/index.html Swede Mausers
http://www.gewehr98.com/ Gew 98 & Kar 98 Mausers
http://www.ycgg.org/articles_index.htm Mauser articles @ YCGG
Other websites of interest
http://www.cruffler.com/trivia-December99.html Imperial Unit markings
http://www.rifleslings.com/ rifle slings
http://www.idsabooks.com/cgi-bin/idb455/index.html ISDA Books
http://www.manatarmsbooks.com/ Mowbray Books
http://www.dwj-medien.de/ DWJ Books
Last edited by jebber; 06-16-2014 at 01:47 PM. Reason: websites
Just English language?
Ceskoslovenske Rucni Palne Zbrane a Kulomety" (Czechoslovak Small Arms and Machine Guns) by Col. Dr. Miroslav Sada, published by Nase Vojko in the Czechoslovak language, Prague, 1971. Translated by the US Army Foreign Science & Technology Center, Charlottesville, VA, 1973.
Mauser: Von Der Waffenschmiede zum Weltunternehmen by Wolfgang Seel, Zurich, 1988 (A history of the Mauser firm)
The Arms of Hellenes, by Christos Z. Sazanidis, Thessalonki, 1995 (Greek Mausers)
Tres Siglos de Armamento Portatil en Espania, (Three Centuries of Small Arms in Spain) by Barnardo Barcelo Rubi, Spain, 2002, 700 pages
Mauser Rifles and Pistols by Walter H. B. Smith
All titles on the Springfield '03 (Campbell, Brophy, Poyer etc)
All titles on the Enfield Pattern 1914 and US Model 1917
All titles on the Japanese Arisaka family of rifles
Swedish Mausers (?) by Steve Kehaya
El fusil Mauser espanol modelo 1893, Jose Boado y Castro, commandante de Artilleria, Oviedo, 1895
Moderno armamento de le infanteria, commandante Blasco de Narro, Madrid, 1935
Catalogo general del Museo de Artilleria, Madrid, Cuatro tomas, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1914
Bernardo Barcelo Rubi, “Armamento Portatil Espanol (1764-1939) una labor artillera”, Libreria Editorial San Martin, Madrid, 1976
Les Armes à Feu Réglementaires Belges depuis 1830, Edité à l’occasion de l’exposition organisée au Musée Royal de l’Armée et d’Histoire militaire, du 15 septembre 1988. (a 200-page catalog of Belgian military firearms after 1830 from an exhibition organized by Belgian Royal Museum of Military History, 15 September 1988.)
Kennblätter fremden Geräts, (translation: “Identification of Foreign Equipment”) D.50 Series, Handwaffen, Heft 1, 1943. Cover marked “Vom 1.2.40, Berlin, 1940, Oberkommando des Heeres” (The German Wehrmacht’s foreign ordnance technical manual series, updated with monthly supplements.)
FN 100 Years: The Story of a Great Liege Company by Auguste Francotte and Claude Gaier, a corporate history published by Didier Hatier in Brussels on the occasion of FN’s 100th birthday in 1989.
Bruno Joos de ter Beerst, ‘’Trade and Hallmarks on Firearms in Belgium’’, Pandora, Antwerp, Belgium, 1998 (text in French, Flemish and English)
Gun Report Magazine, “Lithuanian Military Arms” by H. L. Gaidis, January 1981, pages 14 - 19.
Paul Mauser et ses Armes by Yves Cadiou, Argout Éditions, Paris; no publication date but circa 1970, (in French), hardbound, 72 pages, highly illustrated.
The Book of Rifles by W.H.B. Smith and Jos. Smith, The Stackpole Co, Harrisburg, PA, 1965
The Mauser Bolt Actions: A Shop Manual by Jerry Kuhnhausen, VSP Publishers, McCall ID, 1991
Voorschrift Mauser-Karabijn Model 98 ten Dienste van de Politie, a Dutch National Police (Rijks Politie) technical manual, 1952.
And this 5 volume work on Chinese Ordnance and small arms:
Last edited by John Wall; 04-08-2010 at 04:07 AM.
OK; you asked for it. Give me a day or two...
This might be worth making into yet another sticky with somebody charged with editing and submission standards (by which I mean standard form of entry). Thus speaketh a former librarian...
A separate listing of websites might also be useful...
Huh? Wha..? Oh, sorry, I was asleep. I'll be happy to make a stickie of this, I was waiting to see how it turns out and it looks good so consider it done.
I just wish I could have some 'alone time' in John Wall's & Wapruf2's libraries .....
A study of the development of the blackpowder Mauser rifle /
English Book 82 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
West Bethesda, Md. : D. Stefanye,
The Siamese Mauser
by Francis Allen
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This is the book I wrote about "Small Arms usde during the War of Resistance" in China between 1937 and 1945 in China. It is not entirely dedicated to Mauser but as you know, China used a lot of Mauser so it covers 1907, FN, VZ, ZZS, etc. Focus on Chinese produced pieces and arsenal history.
Chap1: War Time Ordnance Industry
Chap4: Light Machine Gun
Chap5: Heavy Machine Gun
Chap6: Other Weapons
Chap7: Overview of Japanese Weapon
Appendix 1: Reference
Appendix 2: Idioms
Appendix 3: Arsenal Names & Locations
Appendix 4: Arms List of 1934
Appendix 5: Chinese Arms by Japanese Intelligence
Appendix 6: Chinese Ordnance Marking Conventions
217 pages in total, over 500 color, B/W photos & charts, including
quite a bit of historical photos that were never published before.
In Chinese simplied form, publish by "Small Arms" Magazine in Beijing, China.
Thanks for showing us, it looks good. Do you have information on where or how it can be purchased in the US?
I didn't want it sounds like an ad but here it goes. You can find a "buy it now" button on the first link. You'll get a signed copy from me. Thank you for your interest. Here are some more pic:
Thank you for your advice and understanding. I'll do that.
Bannerman's Book on the '98 series of WWI and the many bayonets, available in reprint
Gew 98: The German Mauser Rifle, Model of 1898. Its Use and Development In the World War is the actual title, by J. E. Joombes & Capt. J. L. Aney, published 1921
Illustrations are line drawings and appear to be by Jandot.
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Albrecht Wacker: System Adalbert, Der Karabiner 98k
1st edition sold out, waiting for the 2nd "any time"
Another good book: "The Commercial Mauser '98 Sporting Rifle" by Lester Womack. These are Oberndorf's of course.
Nomenclatura Del Armamento de Repeticion "Mauser", Modelo Argentino, 1947
A manual covering each component part of the 1891 rifles and carbines, in Spanish, no illustrations
Two Mexican Military Manuals:
Lecciones Elemenitares de Armas Portatiles, or, Elementary Lessions on Small Arms, Mexico City, 1902
Reglamento Para El Ejercito De Tiro Al Blanco De La Infantira y Caballeria, or, Army Regulations for Target Shooting for Infantry and Cavalry, Mexico City, 1899
Both in Spanish, well illustrated, arms, targets, medals, etc. and rare!
El mosqueton de repeticion checo sistema Mauser, Spain, February 1946, 2nd Edition
Spanish Language, 1 fold-out plate, for the Cavalry School, Manual No. F-7, covers the Czech 7.92mm Short Rifle or Musketoon, Model 1898.
Mauser Military Rifles of the World (second edition) Robert W. D. Ball
Krause publications 1-800-258-0929 to order or get a free catalog.
Printed in 2000 So I don't know if its still available
Lots of pics and plenty of sections in colour
VERY good overview.
Still one of the most important (and unreplaced) classics:
Trotter, Karl: Aus der Fertigung des Infanterie-Gewehrs Modell Mauser 98. — Berlin: Elsner 1937.
MAUSER-GEWEHR UND MAUSER-PATENTE, by R. H. Korn, Mauser's German patent attorney
1908 (1st Edition) 300 copies
1978 (2nd Printing) 300 copies
In German, 440 pages, photos, fold out plates
Guns of the World -The Complete Collector's and Trader's Guide (1972). Edited by Hans Tanner, Petersen Publishing. Out of print, but you can find it. Not strictly Mausers, but enough for it to be one of my favorite references about them.
Kriegsmodell by Michael Steves and Bruce Karem
Set a new standard on K98k books, nothing even close, and I don't know how it could be improved, except for Vols. 1 and 2 (early war and midwar, respectively), which will be coming out. It's a superlative work and I collect reference books more than the things they reference. The first edition will be sold out soon and when the 2nd and 3rd volumes come out there will be folks scrambling for Vol. 1, which will likely be out of print. Negotiations are in place to publish Kriegsmodell in Germany.
K98k Research and Reference Forum
"You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. " -
Sir Winston Churchill
Moderno Armamento de la Infanteria, by Comandante Blasco de Narro, Coleccion Bibliografica Militar, Madrid, Spain, Vol. LXXIX, March 1935
Modern Infantry Armament, covers the Model 1893 Rifle and Model 1916 Short Rifle, with the Spanish improvements of 1933, in Spanish, few illustrations, also covers MGs and Artillery.
Arming The Dragon, covers Mauser Production In China by Dolf Goldsmith
SOLDATINSTRUKTION FOR INFANTERIET, Stockholm, Sweden, approved 03/28/1938
Soldier's Instructions for Infantry: Covers the m/96 Rifle and m/94 carbine, shooting awards, etc. in Swedish. The 1940 edition adds the m/38 rifle.
Illustrated, with flags in color.
Can anyone recommend (or not recommend) this book (Moybray and Puleo). I've seen it at gun shows, but the sellers usually start glaring at me if I spend more then a minute or so thumbing through it. My first impression is that it looks like a coffee table book - nice pictures, but not much information. Anybody care to "review" it?
A couple of reviews out there -
John Wall did this one - http://forums.gunboards.com/showthre...y+Rifles+World
I don't have it yet, but it's on the list.
"You don't think you're perfect but you do think you're always right."
This is one of my favourite Mauser Books: The original Mauser "Copier Buch 91". It contains copies of ALL Mauser correspondences between March and Mai 1899. In total more than 1.000 letters! It's hard to read because of the handscript. But it's great fun and you'll find a lot of insights.
See for example the english letter in the picture below.
Downloadable ebook on the Mauser C96 : http://www.hlebooks.com/ebook/c96enload.htm
Field stripping the Mauser C96
- The first four stripping steps
- The takedown latch is of paramount importance
- Dismounting the firing pin in very early models
- The bolt retainer
Advanced dismounting the Mauser C96
- The extractor
- The rear sight blade and latch
- Magazine floorplate plunger and trigger
- Dismounting the lock sub-frame
- Hammer and safety lever
- Sear actuator and sear spring
- Mainspring plunger and rocker coupling
- Mainspring and guides
- When replacing the rocker coupling (tip 1)
- To assemble the barrel group (tip 2)
- To reassemble the action frame and the barrel group (tip 3)
Technical description of the Mauser C96
- The Mauser C96 pistol consists of four main parts
- The barrel and extension
- The magazine well
- When the bolt is drawn rearwards with a empty magazine
- The rear and front sight
- The bolt stop
- The barrel extension
- The bolt
- The receiver
- The lock sub-frame
Operation of the Mauser C96
- A "prop-up" type of locking
- Close-up animated sequence
- Full size animated sequence
- Hammer and sear relation
- Disconnecting work of the forward mainspring plunger
- Locking and unlocking of the bolt
- The bolt's rear travel
- Disconnection in early models
- The ejector
The safety of the Mauser C96
- Long type safety lever on early models
- Late safety of the first type
- Late safety of the second type or "NS" safety
- Hammer-operated safety lever
- Universal safety
- Model 1902 safety prototype
Prototypes and pre-production Models
- A working prototype materialized by the summer of 1894
- German patent (No. 90430)
- Six-shot and a twenty-shot model
- The final stage for mass production
- The spur hammer replaced by a "Cone Hammer"
- The twenty-shot version
- An experimental 6 mm cartridge
- 1896 prototype of a ten-shot carbine
Mauser C96 early Models
- Last minute changes before the mass production launch
- Introduction of the two locking lugs
- Improvement of the lock sub-frame
- The mainspring front plunger
- Minor changes
- From about the serial number 360 onward
Mauser C96 "Cone Hammer" variations
- Modification of the barrel extension
- Cone Hammer 10-shot variations described
- The left rear milled out side panel modified
- Cone Hammer 6-shot variations described
- Cone Hammer 20-shot variations described
- Cone Hammer resold by Westley Richards
- Rear sight with a peep type aperture
Mauser C96 "Large ring Hammer" variations
- At about serial number 15,000, the "Flat side" variation
- Italian Navy contract
- Modification of the trigger and rear sight
- firing pin with a single locking lug
- The "shallow-milled" panel variation
- Large ring "Bolo" 10-shot
- The "Bolo" variation
- The new two-lug firing pin
- Large ring 6-shot "Officer Model"
Mauser C96 "Small ring Hammer" variations
- Small ring Hammer 10-shot
- The improved "NS" safety
- Shorter extractor
- Modification of the barrel extension
- The barrel rifling was changed
- The Mauser banner trademark
- The 9 mm Export
- The "Red Nine" variation
- Small ring Hammer 6-shot
- The reinforced chamber
Post-War 1920 Reworks and 1930 Model
- 1920 Rework 10-shot
- Under the new German Republic of Weimar
- Mauser pistols out of Germany
- French Gendarmerie
- The long barreled "Bolo"
- Post War regular 10-shot production
- Post War special and experimental models
- Early 1930 models
- The new "Universal Safety"
- 1930 model (711) with the frame for the selective fire model
The "Schnellfeuer" Model
- A selective fire carbine prototype
- Joseph Nickl model
- Karl Westinger model
- Technical description of the Westinger model
- Dismounting the Westinger model
How the Mauser C96 "Schnellfeuer" works
- The lock frame of the "Schnellfeuer"
- How act the selecting-fire lever
- The second sear
- The articulated member of the trigger
- A specific area was milled out in the barrel extension
- To render the full automatic option inoperative for ever
MAUSER - Historic details
- The Mauser legacy
- Paul and Wilhelm Mauser
- The Mauser's bolt action rifle
- The Oberndorf Mauser factory
- The Mauser zigzag revolver
- "Waffenfabrik Mauser A.G" a Ludwig Loewe asset
- Mauser semi-auto pistols (C96, Model 1914, Hsc)
Bibliography and ResourcesEbook screen shots
Ebook on the Mauser Model 1910-14-34
Download page : http://www.hlebooks.com/ebook/maus14en.htm
Field dismounting of the Mauser Model 1914 pistol
Potential problems with the field dismounting
- Worn out magazine lips
- No magazine available
- Early "side latch" Model 1910
Advanced dismounting of the Mauser Model 1914 pistol (I)
- Removal of the extractor (early and later model)
- Access to the internal mechanism
- Cover plate of the early model 1910
Advanced dismounting of the Mauser Model 1914 pistol (II)
- Removal of the manual safety and spring
- Dismounting of the trigger mechanism
- Re-assembling tip
Advanced dismounting of the Mauser Model 1914 pistol (III)
- Removal of the safety latch
- Dismounting of the magazine catch
- Dismounting of the hold-open / ejector
- Removal of the retaining latch of the takedown rod
- Disassembling of the magazine
Functioning of the Mauser Model 1914 pistol (I)
- A blowback design
- Hammerless striker fired pistol
- Cocking of the striker
- Possible breakage of the frame's rear abutment
Functioning of the Mauser Model 1914 pistol (II)
- Trigger mechanism explained
- Disconnection of the trigger explained
Functioning of the Mauser Model 1914 pistol (III)
- The manual safety explained
- The hold-open / ejector / magazine safety device
- The hold-open process explained
- The magazine safety explained
Functioning of the Mauser Model 1914 pistol (IIII)
- Action of the ejector on the first cartridge in line
- Chambering of a cartridge
- Extraction and ejection
Markings found on the Model 1914 in 7.65mm caliber
- Markings of the Mauser firm
- Military and Police markings
- The post WWI specific "1920" marking
- Serial number and proof markings
- Other markings
Evolution of the Model 1910 in 6.35mm caliber
- Mauser 1909 Prototype in 9mm Parabellum
- Prototype of the Mauser 1910 pistol in 6.35mm
- Early standard Mauser 1910 pistol in 6.35mm
- Mauser 1910-14 pistol in 6.35mm
- Mauser 1910-34 pistol in 6.35mm
Evolution of the Model 1914 in caliber 7.65mm
- Early "Humpback" variation in caliber 7.65mm
- Standard Model 1914 of early production
- War time and early after war production
- Late post war production (1923 - 1929)
- Model 1914-34
- Sub-caliber M20 caliber training kit
Ebook screen prints
Mowbray Publishing in Woonsocket, RI has a new publication coming in from overseas; not here yet, but is listed in their catalog. I've ordered a copy because I couldn't resist the title and figure it ought to be interesting: "Ott-Helmuth von Lossnitzer, Technical Director of the Mauser Company, 1933-1945" by Leslie E. Field & Dr. Bas J. Masters. ADDED: Just rediscovered John Wall's comments about this book back in May; THEY made me decide to get a copy!
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Though not about the Mauser, but their history (along with other weapons, are the two books published in South Africa by Dave George. (date of publishing of part two may be off).
Carvings from the Veldt; Part One (2004)
A pictorial history of Rifle Stock Art from the
Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902
Published by Northern Rivers ISBN: 0-646-44043-8
Carvings from the Veldt; Part Two (2009)
A pictorial history of Rifle Stock Art from the
Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902
Northern Rivers Publishing ISBN: 978-0-646-55101-2
Could you give the top 3 books that you would suggest to a newbie Mauser collector? WHat I would like to see is a survey of all the world's Mausers and what makes them special. I have owned several Mausers but collect Mosins. Would like to have a nice representative Mauser collection too.
Houston Area, Texas
Banzai Special Project No. 1 Revised Edition
The Siamese Mauser, A Study Of Siamese / Thai Type 45 & Type 46 Long Rifles and Type 47 Carbines, Including An Overview Of Siamese/Thai Weapons 1860–2014 by Francis C. Allen, Patrick Hernandez, Roger L. Wakelam, Edited by Joseph P. Koss, Jr.
Co-Author of the book:
Banzai Special Project No. 1, The Siamese Mauser, A Study Of Siamese / Thai Type 45 & Type 46 Long Rifles and Type 47 Carbines, Including An Overview Of Siamese/Thai Weapons 1860–2014