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Mauser Smallbores
Sporting, Target & Training Rifles

This is an extremely rare copy of the famous small bore book.

It is the product of the marriage of significant documents saved from the destruction and aftermath
of World War II by Herr Walther Schmid of Oberndorf, and the gathering of specimens, serial numbers,
and research by numerous U.S. collectors and others from around the World.

Jon Speed of Heilbronn, Germany has meticulously merged these sources to chronologically present
a thorough history of some of the most magnificent .22 rifles ever produced.

Original factory photographs, blueprints, sales brochures, records, and etc., are coupled with
photographs of specimens and period photographs of the rifles in use. Comprehensive serial number
information (the result of 50 years of data collection by numerous collectors and historians) is presented in detail.

In addition to the presentation of the Mauser Oberndorf contribution to small bore rifle development,
much other significant history relative to the period is included. The reasons for the evolution of demand
for .22 training rifles within Germany is touched on, as well as the world markets of the era. The impact
that Mauser had on the competitors for these markets before and during the Third Reich is also developed.

The information is laid out in a format similar to the author's first reference,
(Original Oberndorf Sporting Rifles also from Collector Grade Publications Inc.)

All serious collectors of German small bore rifles will not want to be without this book.

True First Edition and First Printing from 1998, not the reprint from 2014 !


  • 372 pages 
  • ~hundreds of illustrations, photos and drawings

In mint condition.
Looks like an unread copy!

All pages are complete and tight in the binding.

Approx/Measurements: 8-3/4" x 11-1/2"  ~2.9 lbs.

This book is in english language !

from Jon Speed
Published by Collector Grade Publications Inc.
in 1998

Background Info:
Mauser is the common name of a German arms manufacturer, maker of a line of bolt-action rifles from the 1870s to present. Their designs were built for the German armed forces, and have been exported and licenced to a number of countries in later 19th and early 20th century, as well as being popular civilian firearm.

In the late 20th century Mauser continued making sporting and hunting rifles. In the 1990s it became a subsidiary of Rheinmetall. Mauser Jagdwaffen GmbH was split off and continues making rifles, while the Rheinmetal subsidiary, called Mauser-Werke Oberndorf Waffensysteme GmbH made other products for a time before being merged into Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH. The Mauser name has also sometimes been licensed by other companies.

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