SERBIAN & YUGOSLAV MAUSER RIFLES
Author: Branko Bogdanovic
Publisher: North Cape Publications, Jul 2005
Provides a complete discussion of these, & every other "Yugoslav" Mauser rifle from 1880 to the present, including all sniper rifles, hunting & target rifles & .22 sporting rifles. Well illus w/ photos & drawings.
Few realize it, but an obscure little Balkan country, which had recently gained its independence from the Ottoman Empire, played a profound role in the development of the Mauser rifle. Serbia's purchase of the Model 1871 rifle came just in time to save the Mauser company from bankruptcy. It became the Serbian Model 1880. Among other innovations for which Serbian designers were responsible was the famous "ring-of-steel" which provided complete support for the cartridge base, and which was introduced into the Gew.M1898 rifle in 1905. Serbia, later renamed Yugoslavia, also helped develp the "intermediate-ring" Mauser action. Yugoslav Mausers - Models 1924, Model 1924-52-C and Model 1948--are prized collectors items.
These are the rifles that proved so deadly to the Nazi occupiers in World War II in the hands of the famous Yugoslav "partisans."
Mr. Bogdanovic's book is the first in English to provide a complete discussion of these, and every other "Yugoslav" Mauser rifle from 1880 to the present, including all sniper rifles, hunting & target rifles & .22 sporting rifles. In Serbian & Yugoslav Mauser Rifles, each model is discussed in its own chapter. All serial numbers are presented by year. All markings are presented & translated and all finishes & changes to all models a described in text & charts & well-illustrated with both photographs & excellent drawings for clarity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Branko Bogdanovic is a well-known firearms author & has written several books on firearms as well as dozens of magazine articles. He is also a writer & researcher for the Zastava Arms Factory in Kragujevac, Serbia. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the National Military Museum, Belgrade, Serbia & researcher and writer for the Ministry of the Interior.