This is a selected bibliography for those interested in excellent further readings and a listing of places to look for the books referenced below:
John C. Denner Co.
Antique Arms, Militaria and Books
Box 122 RR!
North Lancaster, Ontario
K0C 1Z0 Canada
Piqua, Ohio 45356
Rutgers Book Center
127 Raritan Ave.
Highland Park, N.J. 08904
Classic Bolt Action Military Rifles, Paul S. Scarlata, Andrew, Mowbray
Rhode Island, 2001. (Excellent reference source and an excellent read! Mostly smokeless, but some
32 pages devoted to the black-powder precursors of the classic bolt-action era.)
**Rifles of the World , John Walter, DBI
Books, 1993., 2nd Edition (1998) is completely revised, but they are different
enough that I recommend a copy of each edition.
(If you can only afford one book ... make it this one.)
Military Bolt Action Rifles 1841-1918, Donald B. Webster, Museum Restoration Service, Alexandria Bay, NY, 1993.
Imported Military Firearms 1866-1899, Steve Frey, Self Published,1994.
Complete Book of Firearms, The Origin, Design and Development of the Gun, Serbio Masini, Gian Rodolpho Rotasso, Translated by Valerie Palmer, Portland House, New York, 1987. Originally published in Italinan by Arnaldo Mondadori Editore, Verona, Rome
The Book of Rifles, W.H.B.Smith, Stackpole, many editions since 1948.
Pictorial History of the Rifle, G.W.P. Swenson, Drake Publishers (also Pub by Crown/Bonanza), 1972.
Handbook of Military Rifle Marks 1870-1950, An Illustrated Guide to Identifying Military Rifles and Marks, Richard A. Hoffman & Noel P. Schott, Mapleleaf Military Publications, St. Louis, 1994, Second Edition, 1999.
The Military Remington Rolling Block Rifle, George Layman, 1992-1997, (now in it's 4th edition.
Remington Rolling Block Firearms, Konrad F. Schreier, Jr.,Pioneer Press, 1977.
Remington "America's Oldest Gunmaker" Roy Marcot, 1999.
Providence Tool Co. Military Arms, Edward A. Hull, 1979.
Peabody Breech-Loading Firearms, Providence Tool Company, Providence R.I., 1870.
The Snider-Enfield Rifle, Charles J. Purdon, Museum Restoration Service, Historical Arms Series No. 24. Alexandria Bay, NY, 1990.
Martini-Henry .450 Rifles and Carbines , Dennis Lewis, Excalibur Publications, Lanthum, New York, 1996.
British Service Rifles and Carbines 1888-1900 , Alan M. Petrillo, Excalibur, Lantham, N.Y., 1994.
British Single Shot Rifles, Volume 4 - Westley Richards & Co., Wal Winfer, Rowe Publications, Maynardville, Tenn 37807, 2000, (865-992-4017) (ISBN 0-9707608-0-9)
Boer Rifles and Carbines of the Anglo-Boer War, Dr. Ron Bester, The War Museum of the Boer Republics, Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1994. (The best there is on Boer War arms)
of the French Military Bolt Action Rifles, Harry Pontious, Pub
by the author,
Hard copies can be purchased from the author for $11.00, delivered in the USA. The 68 page booklet comes with a laminated, parchment paper cover with a plastic comb binding. If you don't like it, return it for a full refund. If you want one send a check or money order to: Harry Pontious 165 Red Hill Rd Orange VA 22960-1122 (firstname.lastname@example.org (Harry Pontious) Harry also produces several other interesting arms publications. Ask for his list!!
Mauser Bolt Rifles, Ludwig Olson, F. Brownell & Son, Nontezuma, Iowa, 1976 (may be in it's fourth edition)
Mauser Military Rifles of the World, Robert W. D. Ball, Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, 2nd Edition, 2000.
Black Powder Mauser Rifles, A study of the development of the black powder Mauser rifle, David Stefanye, Bethesda, MD, 1982.
Cartridge, but with excellent information on the rifles:
Cartridges of the World, Frank C. Barnes, DBI Books, 1965-1977
(now in it's 8th edition).
Armi Lunghe D'Ordinanza 1841-1890, Guida Practica All'Identificazionne (Ordnance Shoulder Arms 1841-1890, A Practical Guide to their Identification), Massimo Pagani, 350 pages, published by the author, Brescia, Italy, 1997.In French:
Complete Book of Firearms, The Origin, Design and Development of the Gun, Serbio Masini, Gian Rodolpho Rotasso, Translated by Valerie Palmer, Portland House, New York, 1987. Originally published in Italinan by Arnaldo Mondadori Editore, Verona, Rome.
Les Fusils D'Infantry Europeens A La Fin Du XIX Siecle (Europeon Infantry Rifles at the end of the 19th Century), Daniel Sor.
Die Geschichtliche Entwicklung Der Handfeuerwaffen (??), M. Thierback, 1886, 1899, reprinted 1965.Scandanavian:
Die Handfeuerwaffen, Rudolf Schmidt, Akademische Druck-u. Verlagsanstalt Graz, Austria, 1875, 1878, 1968
Norske Militaergevaerer Etter 1867 (Norwegian Military rifles Since 1867, I think!), Karl Egil Hanevik. (ISBN: 82-993143-1-3), 1998. Written in Norwegian but what a WONDERFUL book!!
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