AVAILABLE NOW!- TRAINING RIFLES OF THIRD REICH Compiled by Robert Simpson, 9 X 12, 704 pages, 6.6 pounds, hardbound. Our 30 year project, A Third Reich Training Rifle book, has arrived! Robert will be at the OCGA show in Wilmington on Sept 9 & 10 with copies of the book to sell. Also look for him at National Gun Day in Louisville on Sept 16 & 17.
The following is a book review:
As the Nazis rose to power in 1933, one of their first priorities was the institution of a program designed to train every citizen to become a proficient marksman, capable of defending the homeland. This program would also force the Gleichschaltung or standardization of all shooting organizations in Germany, reintroduce consortium production of firearms for the anticipated war effort, and provide the funding for machinery, materials, and manpower for that clandestine build-up for war. The training rifle program was very much an initial step towards World War II, which was arguably the single most important event in the history of our existence. Long an intriguing mystery with no answers available, the veil is now lifted with a thorough explanation of the training rifles which enabled this world-changing event.
Finally, a comprehensive reference work for collectors and scholars of the wide variety of training rifles used in Germany before and during World War II is becoming available. Hundreds of photos, drawings, original blueprints, advertisements, and charts are included along with historic documents recently discovered which give a detailed view of these historic firearms. Descriptive text from the leading experts in the field from around the globe cover the development, design, production and use of .22 caliber, 4mm, and air rifles, as well as insert devices, accessories, and ammunition. Interviews with participants at all levels of this program—living and dead—who made, designed, and used these firearms have provided insights into the previously unknown world of these German trainers. Many period photos and advertising materials which have never been seen in print are displayed for the first time, offering details of the guns and their use in a nationwide program designed to create a land of marksmen prepared to defend their homeland and take on the world.
Thoroughly described and shown in detail are firearms from famous and little-known manufacturers alike, including Mauser, Walther, Erma, Simson, BSW/Gustloff, Haenel, Weihrauch, Sauer, Langenhan, Anschütz, Paatz, and many others as well as the collaboratively produced rifles of consortia or cartels formed for producing the weapons of war. Telescopic and experimental sight systems and their use are explained and shown with photographs of those which were used, and some that were not adopted. Charts and production information depict known quantities made and the latest serial number and dating information available. Archives not available until recent years have been researched, revealing information long thought lost to history, and now expose the facts behind the origin, development, and deployment of these arms—up to their final use in the hands of the Hitler Youth to defend the falling Third Reich. Hundreds of photos show examples of the wide variety of markings seen on the guns, both manufacturers’ trademarks and data and a wide selection of various unit markings (military, political, police, and private organizations), dealers’ stamps and brands, presentation plaques, and personal marks left by the many people who used these.
Chapters include full coverage of the Deutsches Sportmodell (DSM), the Klein Kaliber Wehrsportgewehr (KKW), the W625 series of rifles made by the firm which was to be taken over by the Nazis, air rifles, training schools, competitive models and much more, cross-referenced with appendices and index for ease of use.,
GERMAN FLARE PISTOLS AND SIGNAL AMMUNITION, STD STANDARD EDITION; by Dr. Lorenz Scheit with forward by English Editor Dr. Geoffrey L. Sturgess, Covers German Flare Guns and ammunition from 1889 to 2010, features 703 pages in full-color with thousands of photographs. The book will be very useful to collectors, buyers and sellers of German flare pistols and ammunition., Catalog Number BK-38
GERMAN FLARE PISTOLS AND SIGNAL AMMUNITION-DELUXE LEATHER EDITION; by Dr. Lorenz Scheit with forward by English Editor Dr. Geoffrey L. Sturgess. Covers German Flare Guns and ammunition from 1889 to 2010, features 703 pages in full-color with thousands of photographs. The book will be very useful to collectors, buyers and sellers of German flare pistols and ammunition. One of One Hundred, Leather bound, gold guilded and autographed by Dr. Scheit & Dr. Sturgess., Catalog Number BK-39
HISTORY WRIT IN STEEL, DELUXE EDITION German Police Markings 1900 - 1936, by L Donald Maus, Recently awarded the "Bronze" award in the category of casebound book limited edition at this year's Thai Printing Association annual awards ceremony. This is an impressive achievement considering the number of book printers there are in Thailand today and the volume of titles produced per annum. LESS THAN 100 COPIES AVAILABLE! with forward by Joe Wotka features the same information as the Standard edition but with leather binding, gold gilded pages and is signed by the author.,, Catalog Number BK-32
HISTORY WRIT IN STEEL, STANDARD EDITION German Police Markings 1900 - 1936, by L Donald Maus, with forward by Joe Wotka features 384 pages with about 350 full-color illustrations (photos, maps, charts, documents). Extensive tables contain data on over 2,300 observed police markings. The book will be very useful to collectors, buyers and sellers of German police artifacts (handguns, rifles, edged weapons, holsters, etc.) and those interested in the history of the police during this turbulent era in Germany.,, Catalog Number BK-31
LUGER - THE MULTI-NATIONAL PISTOL by Charles Kenyon Jr.; This is an exceptionally well illustrated book with many of the guns & accessories provided by Simpson Ltd. This book features the breath taking color photography of Paul Goodwin. This is the best collection of photographs taken of Lugers and Luger accessories ever to appear in any book. Some of the best known examples of Lugers, Holsters, Stocks, Boxes, Cases, Manuals, Catalogs, Tools, Drums, etc. are shown in crystal clear full page color plates. This book has our highest recommendation for portraying the beauty of the Luger and its accessories. 185 pages, OUT OF PRINT, These books have been selling for $100+ on some web-sites. We have a limited quantity available at this special price., Catalog Number BK-12
PARABELLUM IS BACK, DELUXE EDITION by Mauro Baudino and Gerben van Vlimmeren; same content as the Standard Edition but leather bound w/dust jacket, gold gilded pages and individually hand signed by the authors in gold on a gold foil adorned signature page, limited to 100 copies., Catalog Number BK-35
PAUL MAUSER His Life, Company, and Handgun Development 1838-1914. By Mauro Baudino and Gerben van Vlimmeren. Standard Edition. Hard cover, 586 pages. Biography.
SIMSON LUGERS STANDARD EDITION by Edward B. Tinker & Graham K. Johnson; hard cover, excellent research study on Simson Lugers in full color, over 200 pages., Catalog Number BK-22
THE BORCHARDT & LUGER AUTOMATIC PISTOLS - DELUXE by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess 1,995 full color pages in 3 Volumes with 2 DVD's in a slipcase. Genuine leather bound & gold guilded in a laser etched teak display box. Autographed by Dr. Sturgess on a beautiful signature plate. Limited to 100 sets. The ultimate version of the biggest & best Luger book ever!, Catalog Number BK-41
THE BORCHARDT & LUGER AUTOMATIC PISTOLS, STD by Joachim Gortz & Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess 1,992 full color pages in 3 Volumes with 2 DVD's in a slipcase. The biggest & best Luger book ever! Standard Edition., Catalog Number BK-40
$300.00 (FREE SHIPPING)
THE HAYES HANDGUN OMNIBUS A Catalogued Encyclopedia of Collective Pistols & Revolvers by Ronald Hayes & Ian Skennerton; 2007, 592 pages, this full-color presentation of more than 1,000 pistols from many different makers and countries is catalogued in alphabetical order. Each section is arranged in an essential chronological sequence following the various models and their development.
The Lee-Enfield A Century of Lee-Metford & Lee-Enfield Rifles and Carbines by Ian Skennerton; 2007, 608 pages
THE PARABELLUM IS BACK, STANDARD EDITION by Mauro Baudino and Gerben van Vlimmeren; hard cover w/dust jacket, Pistols, accessories, archives, blue prints, all in a 560 page book with over 700 photographs, in full color with some vintage black & white images. A must have book for Luger Collectors!, Catalog Number BK-34
Training Rifles of Third Reich Germany compiled by Robert Simpson. The most comprehensive book about the pivotal guns of Germany’s rearmament. Over 750 full color pages full of photos, histories, technical information, and markings of the world’s largest collection of .22 training rifles. This groundbreaking work thoroughly investigates these arms, often brought back by veterans and not given much thought- until it was realized that these were the guns that taught the German population to take up arms in the effort to bring about the Third Reich. Hardcover with dustjacket. Currently available for pre-order. We expect to ship in September.
Training Rifles of Third Reich Germany - Deluxe Ed compiled by Robert Simpson. The most comprehensive book about the pivotal guns of Germany’s rearmament. Over 750 full color pages full of photos, histories, technical information, and markings of the world’s largest collection of .22 training rifles. This groundbreaking work thoroughly investigates these arms, often brought back by veterans and not given much thought- until it was realized that these were the guns that taught the German population to take up arms in the effort to bring about the Third Reich. Genuine Leather cover with dustjacket. Limited to 100 copies. Signed by Robert Simspon. Currently available for pre-order. We expect to ship in September.
Robert Simpson signing the Deluxe Edition of his new book
Veteran Bring Backs by Ed Tinker features 156 pages of war souvenirs and their stories in full color. Weapons from WWI to Desert Storm are included. This should make a great Christmas gift for anyone interested in military collectibles. 7-1/4" x 9-3/4" softcover. Want Volume II also? To get them both for $49.95 + S&H, click here. , Catalog Number BK-30
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