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    Curious if anyone has a favorite on German WWII era handguns. I have a couple small arms books which cover just about every handgun manufactured to date, but arenít specific to German Handguns. Iíve found ďThe P.38 PistolĒ by Krutzek, but curious if anyone has other favorites.

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    Unfortunately there isn't an all encompassing book like Jan Still Axis Pistols that I can recommend, and even that is 30 years out of print. There are many books out there for specific genres, but many are out of print. Here's a good start of a list:

    Unique Pistols by Robert Adair
    FN Browning Pistols by Anthony Vanderlinden
    The Mauser HSc Pistol by Alan D Burnham and Peter Theodore
    JP Sauer and Sohn by Jim Crate and Nico Van Gijn
    Know your Czech Pistols by R J Berger
    Beretta Modelle 1934 by Adriano Simoni
    Kongsberg Colten by Karl Hanevik (not in English I believe)
    The Radom Vis Pistol by Robert J Berger
    Astra Automatic Pistols by Len Antaris

    I know there are a few books by Dieter H Marshall and Per Mathisen individually on Walther PP / PPk. I am not sure which one is better as I do not own either.
    I am unfamiliar with a good book on the Femaru's.
    There's quite a few Luger books, someone else might have recommendations.

    Hope this helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillynick View Post
    Unfortunately there isn't an all encompassing book like Jan Still Axis Pistols that I can recommend, and even that is 30 years out of print. There are many books out there for specific genres, but many are out of print. Here's a good start of a list:

    Unique Pistols by Robert Adair
    FN Browning Pistols by Anthony Vanderlinden
    The Mauser HSc Pistol by Alan D Burnham and Peter Theodore
    JP Sauer and Sohn by Jim Crate and Nico Van Gijn
    Know your Czech Pistols by R J Berger
    Beretta Modelle 1934 by Adriano Simoni
    Kongsberg Colten by Karl Hanevik (not in English I believe)
    The Radom Vis Pistol by Robert J Berger
    Astra Automatic Pistols by Len Antaris

    I know there are a few books by Dieter H Marshall and Per Mathisen individually on Walther PP / PPk. I am not sure which one is better as I do not own either.
    I am unfamiliar with a good book on the Femaru's.
    There's quite a few Luger books, someone else might have recommendations.

    Hope this helps!
    I did find a Volume II of Axis Pistols by Jan still for $300, obviously out of print so a little more expensive. Do you think that book would be worth it if you have the funds to shell out for it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldnrth View Post
    I did find a Volume II of Axis Pistols by Jan still for $300, obviously out of print so a little more expensive. Do you think that book would be worth it if you have the funds to shell out for it?
    It's a shotgun approach to the subject matter. I find it useful for certain areas, but again, it is out of date and missing many new discoveries. I'd try and buy it for cheaper.
    This is a piece that will be of extreme interest to any serious German Rifle collector.

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    Thanks for the help and guidance. I ordered the P38 book, Iíll take a puerile through the ones you suggested, a lot to discover there too!


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    William York's book "VIS Radom" is a pretty good reference for Radom pistols. The book doesn't have a ton of history, but has a ton of pictures or markings, variations, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldnrth View Post
    I did find a Volume II of Axis Pistols by Jan still for $300, obviously out of print so a little more expensive. Do you think that book would be worth it if you have the funds to shell out for it?


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    IMO, this book is well worth $300 is you are going into collecting German and Allies pistols.

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    I will always advise people to spend $1,000 on books before dropping $2,000 on a pistol. Itís money well spent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nirvana View Post
    I will always advise people to spend $1,000 on books before dropping $2,000 on a pistol. Itís money well spent.
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    Abe Books is a good resource for the Still Books. I would hold off on his first small soft cover book. Great info but limited. With what their asking you could add $$ and get the hard back editions. The Still books are the Gold Standard even today.

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    https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Sea...n=Pistol&isbn=

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