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Landmark Gun Designs, Industrial Skill and Personal History from discoveries in the Paul Mauser and
Mauser Company Archives.
In all, the book is composed of 586 pages and more than 1000 pictures.
This book is the result of research and detailed study of the contents of the Paul Mauser private archive
and early Mauser Company archives. It is the only book to include analysis of these original
The opportunity for analysis of this rare and unique material has led to advancing our understanding of
this great 19th Century German industrialist and inventor. The period covered by this study is primarily
Paul Mauser's lifespan,which parallels the Mauser Company's history until 1914 when the founder
passed away. However, when necessary for the completeness of the narrative, the analysis continues
covering his impact beyond 1914
For this reason,the authors decided to combine the study of both aspects of Mauser's life.Thus,this
book is, at the same time, both an accurate exploration of his life during a tumultuous era in German
European history and a study of the inventions and products Paul Mauser designed and produced.
Even though Paul Mauser is mainly remembered for the rifle design that bears his name, he invested a
lot of energy in the creation of revolvers and semi-automatic pistol designs. Today, his innovative and
ground breaking creations are very collectable.
The authors are Mauser pistol collectors and therefore it was natural to focus primarily on the design
and production of Mauser handguns. The authors concentrated more on the historical information from
the archive than on generic descriptions of the pistols, which have been detailed in several books.
The pistols are introduced and described in chronological order and substantial attention has been
devoted to original documents found in the archive. Access to today’s most prestigious firearms
collections allows presenting unique specimens associated with rare documents and descriptions from
Paul Mauser himself.