Mauser Original Oberndorf Sporting Rifles – Jon Speed Walter Schmid and Reiner Herrmann
For years the world believed that the records of Mauser, the famous German firearm company, had been destroyed during WWII. In 1997 Jon Speed stunned the world when he announced that the records had been found in the hands of an old German Panzer officer.
Together with messrs Schmid and Herrmann, Speed wrote this book which contains the history of the Mauser works, the company’s rise and demise, the evolution of the Mauser bolt action rifle line and a detailed chronology of the famous Model 98. It also covers some handguns and other Mauser products and experiments. Detailed information is provided on virtually every design aspect and a great number of variations of most components. It includes proof marks, production dates, serial numbers and hundreds of high quality photographs. The original Oberndorf Mauser cartridges are also included, albeit with rather limited information. Even so this is an essential book for every Mauser enthusiast.
Although I intensely dislike landscape format books and find the page design puzzling at times, it is all forgiven because of the physical and content quality of the book. It extends about 470 pages and constitutes one of the greatest reference works on Mauser sporting rifles, if not the greatest.