GERMAN HUNTING GUNS OF THE GOLDEN ERA: 1840 – 1940by: Hans E. Pfingsten
This title is a history of break-open shotguns, rifles, drillings, & other combination guns produced in these countries. Color photos, b&w photos, 9×11 inches, 275 pgs.
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It was written to acknowledge the work of craftsmen and artisans from an era that will never be seen again. German guns built before 1939 exhibited a high level of quality and finish. Collectors marvel at the subtle lines and superb craftsmanship of a Rasch or a Springer. Others find satisfaction using a beautiful Sauer shotgun made well before World War I and wonder at the history that gun has witnessed in its century of existence.
Many people have had the thrill of picking up a fine old gun from Germany or Austria and are in awe of the level of engraving, fit, and finish. Hunters delight in carrying a drilling while walking through fields and in woods, for they know that they can take any game that presents itself. They, too, marvel at the geniuses of a bygone day that invented and built such a gun. In the devastation following two world wars, the records of the origins and the production of fine German sporting arms were mostly lost, so this book serves to document as much as possible the existing knowledge of these guns.
Collectors, hunters, artisans, and students of firearms history should all find features of interest within these pages. Research material was gathered from many sources. These include old catalogs and ads, factory records, books, periodicals, individuals, and, of course, surviving firearms of the period covered by this book. The book is divided into three sections: “Hunting,” “Gunmakers,” and “The Gun Itself.” All the famous makers of the day are there-J. P. Sauer, Brenneke, Lindner, Sempert & Krieghoff, and others.
Everything to do with break-open shotguns, rifles, drillings, and combination guns is discussed, and some of the topics covered are: the Frank drilling, the barrel, the action, the development and history of these guns, fences, triggers, and so on. Rather than a long, boring, text, these three sections capture the essence of the topics through the use of photos and illustrations. Long, explanatory captions make the pictures understandable even to the novice. An interesting title, especially for the gun connoisseur.
Publisher: SAFARI PRESS
Publish Date: 11-02-2014