In this book you will find the history of break-open shotguns, rifles, drillings and other combination guns produced in Germany during the period of 1840–1940.
German guns built before 1939 exhibit a high level of quality and finish. Collectors marvel at the subtle lines and superb craftsmanship of a Rasch or a Springer. Others find satisfaction using a beautiful Sauer shotgun made well before World War 1. Many people have had the thrill of picking up a fine old gun from Germany or Austria and are in awe of the level of engraving, fit and finish. Hunters delight in carrying a drilling in the field, for they know that they can take any game that presents itself.
In the devastation following two world wars, the records of the origins and the production of fine German sporting arms were mostly lost, so this book documents as much as possible the existing knowledge of these guns. Research material was gathered from old catalogues and ads, factory records, books, periodicals, individuals and of course, surviving firearms of the period covered by this book.
The book is divided into three sections: Hunting, Gunmakers and The Gun Itself. These three sections capture the essence of the topics through the use of photographs and illustrations. Long, explanatory captions make the pictures understandable even to the novice. Moreover, all the famous makers of the day are included: J P Sauer, Brenneke, Lindner, Sempert & Krieghoff, and others. Everything to do with break-open shotguns, rifles, drillings and combination guns is discussed: the Frank drilling, the barrel, the action, the development and history of these guns, fences, triggers and so on.
This must-have book for the German gun enthusiast will have you marvel at the geniuses of a bygone day that invented and built such guns.
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading 1840–1940 ISBN 9781571574435 Author Hans E Pfingsten Binding Hardback Extent 280 x 216mm, 208 pages Illustrations Colour and black & white photographs and illustrations throughout Ebook No
'As is always the case with Safari Press books, production quality is very high with a 'gold' lettered spine, red imitation leather-covered boards and heavy glossy art paper. This is a handsome volume which is very good value for money.' Bill Harriman, Classic Arms and Militaria
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