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NOTICE:     We have decided (reluctantly) to discontinue offering reference books on military firearms.   Unfortunately, many (most) of our customers seem to feel that they can acquire their knowledge of these things for FREE on the internet (I do NOT agree with that assessment) and reference book sales have been stagnant for some time.  

As we run out of items we will be removing the listings, but will offer FREE SHIPPING for two or more titles (ordered at the same time) for as long as they last.  These are a VERY LIMITED supply. . . for some titles we only have one remaining, for others as many as eight.

Books on Military Firearms for sale
(updated 8 May 2018)


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NEW!  Italian Small Arms of the First and Second World Wars by Ralph Riccio (2015).  This is the first comprehensive work, in either English or Italian, to address Italian small arms used during World War I and World War II. It describes each weapon and covers the developmental history and use of all Italian designed and produced pistols, rifles, submachine guns and machine guns used during both conflicts, as well as prototype weapons and foreign weapons used by the Italians. Other appendices cover bayonets, accoutrements, markings, ammunition, small arms manufacturing facilities, Italian small arms designers, production summaries, and collector’s notes. It includes many previously unpublished photographs and background information on small arms producers, ammunition production facilities, and designers. In addition to the new material, it also corrects previously published errors about Italian weapons. Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 608 b/w and color photos | 224 pages, ISBN13: 9780764345838 | Binding: hard cover   ONLY $69.95     

NEW!  Karabiner 98k Volume 1: A collectors guide to the development and production of the German K98k service rifle up to 1938 by Bruce Karem & Michael Steves (2012).  The K98k rifle was Germanys principle battle rifle from 1934 until 1945. In those 12 years the K98k rifle left it's mark on the history of the world. This volume details the design improvements to German Model 98 rifles through 1938 and adoption of the K98k rifle. The Mauser Oberndorf chapter covers all of the commercial models based on the Model 98 action including the Standard-Modell, Banner Mausers, contract rifles from China, Japan, Portugal, and special rifles delivered to German Postal and other paramilitary organizations throughout Germany prior to the outbreak of WW2.  588 pages, thousands of detailed photos and illustrations, hardcover with dustjacket,  ONLY $124.95     

NEW!  Karabiner 98k Volume 2: A collectors guide to the development and production of the German K98k service rifle from 1939 to 1944 by Bruce Karem & Michael Steves (2017). Originally, this was intended to be 1 book, but due to the immense amount of information available (over 910 pages), the volume was split into 2 books, which are sold together as a set. The K98k rifle was Germany's principle battle rifle from 1935 until 1945. In those 10 years the K98k rifle left it's mark on the history of the world. This volume details the production and improvements to German Model 98 rifles from 1939 - 1944. The book includes detailed production analysis using factory documents whenever possible, including over 200 pages on Mauser Oberndorf alone. Also covered are the rest of the makers of the K98k rifle during WW2, including Sauer, Steyr, Waffenwerke Brünn AG, Erma, Mauser Borsigwalde, Gustloff-Werke, and Mauser Borsigwalde. Also covered in detail are reworks and rifles of the SS.  Hardcover with Dustjacket,  ONLY $144.95     

NOW OUT of PRINT!   Kriegsmodell Volume 3: A collectors guide to K98k production in the last months of WW2 by Michael Steves & Bruce Karem (2012, revised edition). This book will educate and entertain both the casual and the seasoned K98k collector. With over 400 pages of full color and black and white photos, along with never before seen factory documentation and wartime photos, this book is both educational and visually satisfying. Bonus material such as capture boxes, capture papers, accessories, and gallery photos give this book dimension and heft. Includes tills from US Army wartime newsreels (US NARA) showing capture piles and the destruction of captured rifles, along with many detailed photos of features and inspections on 1945 production K98k rifles. 417 pages, hardcover with dustjacket, ONLY $99.95     

A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO MILITARY PISTOL & REVOLVER DISASSEMBLY AND REASSEMBLY by Stuart C. Mowbray & Joe Puleo (2011). Your comprehensive guide to disassembly and reassembly steps for military handguns. 51 complete breakdowns PLUS many partial disassemblies of variations. This is by far the best book on this topic out there. The amazing part, given the price, is that every single one of the photos in this book is printed in FULL COLOR on coated paper. You won't find a better value...that's for sure. Find out why the editor of American Rifleman calls this "an invaluable reference...and a must buy for all gun enthusiasts." FULL COLOR, 278 pages, deluxe coated paper, 1,217 color photographs, softcover, ONLY $39.99  

Collector's Guide to Remington Rolling Block Military Rifles of the World by George Layman (2010).  Your country-by-country identification guide to the Military Rolling Blocks of the U.S.A. and the world. 672 detailed photographs show you exactly what to look for. Startling new research that reveals the long-lost secrets of the Remington Rolling Block. Correctly identifies and explains more than fifty rile models that have never been identified before. Shows you the markings and features that turn "just another rolling block" into a true collector's prize! Clearly lists and illustrated correct original features and finishes s you can tell a valuable rarity from a nearly worthless parts gun.  240 deluxe coated pages, hardcover.  ONLY $39.95    

BALL, Mauser Military Rifles of the World. 3rd edition, 2003. An excellent photographic reference, arranged by country. 367 pages (expanded from 265 pages in the first edition and 300 in the second), profusely illustrated with over a thousand black & white and color photographs, hardbound with dustjacket. $44.95  

LABAR:  Bayonets of Japan, a comprehensive reference on Japanese Bayonets.  2008.  A limited edition reference and proudly printed in the USA. It has 480 heavy glossy pages in 8.5 x 11 inch size with over 1150 color photographs, and it is printed with a sturdy side-sewn binding that will ensure decades of use. . . $120.00   

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STRATTON: British Enfield Rifles, Volume 1, The SMLE Mk 1 and Mk III Rifles. 1998. A systematic and thorough examination on a part-by-part basis of the famous British battle rifle that endured for nearly 70 years as the British Army’s number one battle rifle. All parts, codes, markings, finishes and changes identified in chronological order, covering British, Australian and Indian manufacture. $16.95  

STRATTON: British Enfield Rifle, Volume 2, The No. 4 and 5 . 1999. The second in this new discussion of the famed No. 4 rifle and No. 5 "jungle carbine" complete with a part-by-part analysis including all codes and manufacturers; history of development and use and assembly/disassembly. $16.95  

Ancient Coin Reference Reviews by Dennis Kroh (1994). Over 100 pages listing hundreds of specialized and general references covering ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins, including ALL those utilized as standard works today. Arranged by 35 different topics, each book or article is rated according to their usefulness, clarity, illustrations, and availability (utilizing a five-star system similar to that used for movies) with an outline of the essential information it contains. Availability and accurate prices based on market values are also given, and there is also a thorough index. The information in this book is available nowhere else and it is a must-have for every numismatic library and collector (or potential collector) of ancient coins. It is also STILL currently utilized as the STANDARD REFERENCE for many of the most important dealers of ancient coin books worldwide!  $25.00 POSTPAID  autographed upon request  

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