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Book Review: German Gew. 88 “Commission” Rifle by Paul Scarlata

I recently picked up a very nice looking Gewehr 88 from an online classified ad, and when it arrived I really didn’t know what I had (I’m not an expert on older German bolt actions by any stretch of the imagination). So, I poked through our reference library for a suitable looking work to explain where this rifle had been for the last 122 years (it is an 1890 dated Loewe receiver). Paul Scarlata’s book really did the trick – other than being able to read the Turkish rear sight gradations, I now know what pretty much every stamp on the gun means.Plus a good knowledge of the development and manufacturing history of the piece!

Do you have a Gewehr 88 that you need to learn more about? Or do you want to educate yourself so you can tell exactly what you’re looking at next time you find one at a gun show? You should get a copy of the book yourself:

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