Allied Rifle Contracts
Mosin Nagant, Mauser, Enfield, Berthier, Remington, Savage, Winchester
Title: Allied Rifle Contracts in America
Subtitle: Mosin-Nagant, Mauser, Enfield, Berthier, Remington, Savage, Winchester
Author: Luke Mercaldo, with co-Authors Adam Firestone and Anthony Vanderlinden
Publisher: Wet Dog Publications
Cover: Hardbound color cover
Size: 8.75" x 11.25" (22 x28 cm.)
Printed and bound in the USA
Production run: Limited to 2000 copies
Allied Rifle Contracts in America is the first work to fully explore American production of foreign military rifles for the Allies during the First World War. The demands of the war caused a number of Allied governments to enter into contracts with American industry. These contracts resulted in the production of a number of different rifles. Featured are the histories of the Mosin - Nagant and Winchester Model 1895, which were produced for Imperial Russia, the Model 1889 Mauser, made for Belgium and the Pattern 1914 which was built for the United Kingdom. Additionally the book provides rare insight into lesser- known contracts for Berthier and Rolling Block with France, and the Savage Model 1899 with Canada.
The historical circumstances of these contracts are presented for the first time. Primary source materials and original period documentation were used to recreate the timelines of the various contracts, delving into issues including financing, production limitations, labor problems, factory expansions, corruption, and the foreign military personnel who worked in the United States. The work sheds new light on the degree to which American business was involved with the Allied war effort prior to the American entry into the war in 1917. Readers gain a multifaceted insight into the hurdles that faced the Allied purchasing commissions and American manufacturers.
In addition to the in depth historical perspective, the book offers a detailed description of each rifle intended as a guide for the arms collector. This analysis covers features, specifications, markings and accessories to assist collectors in determining correct period pieces and understanding the fascinating history behind the artifacts.
Allied Rifle Contracts in America is a fascinating blend of history, economics, technology and esoterica that is an essential part of any historian’s or collector’s library.
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Allied Rifle Contracts wins prestigious
2012 HBSA President's Cup
Derek Stimpson, Chairman of Council of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association, (left) presents the golden medals to Luke Mercaldo in London in January 2013. The President's cup is awarded to the best published work of study or research which contributes to the expansion of knowledge and understanding of breech-loading arms. Luke Mercaldo and co-authors Adam Firestone and Anthony Vanderlinden received gold medals for their work on Allied Rifle Contracts.
We thank the HBSA and council for their recognition!