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Book Review: Deadly Beauties – Rare German Handguns

Volume I, pre-WWI:

Volume II, 1914-1945:

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Deadly Beauties is a photographic collection of rare and collectible German pistols from 1871 through 1945, split into two volumes. The written sections are quite brief, and the photography is beautiful. More importantly, the photography was well directed by the authors, focusing on the details of the guns which are of the most interest to students of firearms history and development.

It is hard to ay much else about the book, since its content is so thoroughly photographic, so I will let a partial list of the guns speak for itself:

Volume I

– Mauser C77
– Presentation 1879 Reichsrevolver
– Experimental C96 Carbine in 7.63x41mm
– Borchardt-Luger #5
– Chilean GL-marked Luger
– 1892 Prototype Bergmann
– Mauser C06/08
– Presentation Engraved 6-Shot C96

Volume II

– Artillery Luger with Night Sights
– Nickl “Reihenfeuer” C96 Machine Pistol
– Mauser Nickl .45 Caliber Prototype
– Walther Toggle-Locked Prototype
– DWM Baby Luger
– Stocked Walther Armee Pistole
– Walther Stamped Prototype Volkspistole
– BSW Prototype Double Stack
– Mauser HSv
– Mauser Prototype Sheet Metal HSc

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