A Collectors’s Guide to Military Rifle Disassembly and Reassembly

A Collectors’s Guide to Military Rifle Disassembly and Reassembly, by Stuart C. Mowbray & Joe Puleo (ISBN1-931464-32-4, Mowbray Publishing, 54 East School St., Woonsocket, RI 02895, phone (800) 999-4697, Web site: www.manatarmsbooks.com. Softcover, 8-1/2” x 11”, more than 1,500 color photos, 2007, $39.95.
    How many times have you bought a new collector riflle, broke it down for cleaning and suddenly realized, “I don’t know how this goes together!”? Finally, there is a step-by-step guide to  assembly and reassembly of 48 of the most commonly encountered surplus and vintage military rifles.
    The variety of rifles range from French M1866 Chassepots and Russian Berdans to German Gew. 1888s, British Martini-Henrys and Canadian Ross Rifles. It doesn’t stop with early weapons, though. Garands and M1 carbines, French MAS’, SKS’ and even AK-47s are covered as well.
    The handling of each weapon is depicted with clear and bright photographs. Narrative is limited to concise instructions. Finally, a quick overview page recounts the assembly and disassembly making the process fool-proof.
    A welcome edition to collectors, this book will soon be greasey and dog-eared. Buy it; it may save you some heavy cussing the next time you bring home a new addition to your collection.—JAG

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