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Serbian and  Yugoslav
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Branko Bogdanovic
Few realize it but an obscure little Balkan country which had recently gained its
independence from the Ottoman Empire, played a profound role in the development
of the Mauser rifle. Serbia's purchase of the Model 1871 rifle came just in time to
save the Mauser company from bankruptcy. It became the Serbian Model 1880. Among
other innovations for which Serbian designers were responsible was the famous
"ring-of-steel" which provided complete support for the cartridge base, and which was
introduced into the Gew.M1898 rifle in 1905. Serbia, later renamed Yugoslavia, also
helped develop the "intermediate-ring" Mauser action.
Yugoslav Mausers - Models 1924-52C (C with an breve --"v" diacritical mark), Model
24/47 and Model 1948 - are prized collectors items. Mr. Bogdanovic's book is the first in
English to provide a complete discussion of these, and every other "Yugoslav" Mauser
rifles from 1880 to the present, including all sniper rifles, hunting and target rifles and
.22 sporting rifles. In Serbian and Yugoslav Mauser Rifles, each model is discussed in
its own chapter. All serial numbers are presented by year. All markings are presented
and translated and all finishes and changes to all models are described in text and charts
and well illustrated with both photographs and excellent drawings for clarity.
These are the rifles that proved so deadly to the Nazi occupiers in World War II in the
hands of the famous Yugoslav "partisans."
Branko Bogdanovic is a well-known European gunwriter and has written several books
on firearms as well as dozens of magazine articles. He is also a writer and researcher
for the Zastava Arms Factory in Kragujevac, Serbia; a member of the Advisory Board
of the National Military Museum, Belgrade, Serbia; and a researcher for the Ministry
of the Interior.
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