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Major James F Gebhardt has long been known for his many translations of Soviet works dealing with arms manuals, as well as gaining fame as an author in his own right. Past works of the Major have dealt with a number of Soviet small arms manuals and he now has produced a translation of an official Soviet Mosin Nagant manual dated 1961. Needless to say this is a valuable contribution to the Mosin Nagant collector.

The overall layout of the translation is quite good, as I like the larger full size text and illustrations. This makes browsing the manual quite easy allowing one to scan for just what they are looking for. This is especially helpful with the illustrations which are a nice touch.

The manual is outlined as follows:

Part One: Construction Handling Maintenance And Preservation Of The Rifle

Chapter 1: Construction Of The Rifle

The Rifles Components

Barrel

Receiver

Feed Interrupter Device

Trigger Mechanism

Rear And Front Sight

Bolt Assembly

Magazine Assembly

Stock

Upper Handguard

Bayonet

Cleaning Rod

Fasteners

Accessories

Service Cartridges

Chapter 2: Function Of The Rifle's Components And Mechanisms

Position Of The Rifle's Components And Mechanisms Before Loading

Function Of The Components And Mechanisms During Loading

Function Of The Components And Mechanisms During Firing

Function Of The Components And Mechanisms During Reloading

Function Of The Components When The Hammer Is Placed On Safe

Chapter 3:

Stoppages In Normal Functioning And Handling Of The Rifle

General Measures To Prevent And Correct Stoppages During Firing

Chapter 4:

Preserving And Handling Of The Rifle

Disassembly And Assembly Of The Rifle

Inspecting The Rifle

Procedure For Daily Inspection Of The Rifle

Inspecting The Rifle In Assembled Form

Inspecting The Rifle In Disassembled Form

Inspecting And Handling Of Service Cartridges

Cleaning And Lubricating The Rifle

Inspecting The Serviceability Of The Accessories

Procedure For Cleaning And Lubricating The Rifle And Its Mechanisms

Decontaminating The Rifle

Chapter 5: Confirmation Of The Rifle's Zero And Bringing It To A Normal Zero

Faults Of The Rifle That Disrupt Its Accuracy

Part Two: Methods And Instructions For Firing The Rifle

Chapter 1: Methods For Firing The Rifle

General Instructions

Methods For Prone Firing

Preparation For Firing

Firing The Shot

Reloading

Ceasing Fire And Reestablishing Readiness To Fire

Methods For Firing From The Kneeled Position

Methods For Firing From The Sitting Position

Methods For Firing From The Standing Position

Methods For Firing From A Rest Or Support

Methods For Firing Behind Cover

Methods For Firing From Skis

Methods For Firing From Horseback

Chapter 2: Regulations For The Conduct Of Fire From The Rifle In Combat

General Instructions

Selection Of Site And Position For Firing

Observations Of The Battlefield

Target Selection

Determination Of Range To Targets In Combat

Visual Determination Of Range

Determining Range By Direct Measure Of Terrain

Determining Range By Angular Magnitude Of Local Objects

Sight Setting And Aiming Selection

Firing At Stationary Targets

Firing At Fleeting Targets

Firing At Moving Ground Targets

Firing At Armored Targets

Firing At Aerial Targets

Firing In Mountains

Firing At Camouflaged And Concealed Targets

Firing In Limited Visibility Conditions

Firing In Conditions Of Chemical Contamination

Firing On The Move

Ammunition Supply In Combat

Appendixes:

A) Firing Tables

B) Comparative Weight And Length Data For Rifles And Carbines

C) Optical Sight

Construction Of The Mount For The PE Scope

Construction Of The Type- 1942 Mount For The PE Scope

Bringing The Sniper Rifle To A Normal Zero By A Proof Firer

Bringing The Sniper Rifle To A Normal Zero By The Sniper

Storage And Preservation Of The Scope For The Sniper Rifle

Inspection Of The Sniper Rifle

Adjusting The Scope To The Eye (for clarity)

As one can clearly see there quite a bit of important information is in this fine manual and all the information should be of help to both the collector and shooter. Major James F Gebhardt is a fine translator and the manual is very easy to follow with its organized layout. I really believe this is a resource that all collectors would want to have at their access. Really worth owning.

Tuco 03/14/02

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