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Riflesmithing - A Comprehensive Guide

By Lewis Potter

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ISBN: 9781847972408
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 29/03/2011
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 127 colour photographs

Over the last twenty years there has been a noticeable increase in interest, not only in the use of rifles, but also in the technical aspects of what makes an accurate rifle. However, much of this information is limited not only to the bolt action rifle but even to certain makes that are favoured above all others. This book deals instead with all types of rifle from flintlock muzzleloaders to synthetic-stocked rifles. It is written in a clear, no-nonsense style based on many years of practical experience and follows the maxim that although theories are of interest, it is only real results that count.


  • Covers all types of rifles from flintlock muzzleloaders, through falling blocks and big doubles to synthetic stocked rifles
  • Examines the history of the rifle, the different types of rifles, the barrel, bullet and the cartridge, and the riflesmith's workshop
  • Discusses rifle maintenance and accuracy, barrel work, action work, locks and lockwork, sights, sight mounts and magazine work, stockwork, metal finishing and proof and the law
  • Presents a practical demonstration of how the methods and principles of riflesmithing discussed in the book were used to create a bespoke and accurate rifle: the Crowood Rifle

RRP: £19.95

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" Good for the Crowood Press! It is an expression of their commitment to the sporting scene. They would be aware that this work might have a limited readership, but for those who need it, the desire, and the fulfilment, has to be acute and deeply rewarding. It covers such areas as Barrel, Bullet and Cartridge; Types of Rifle; the Rifleman's Workshop; Maintenance and Accuracy; Barrel Work, and a host of other meaningful and useful sections. "
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Reviewed By: SidsJournal.com

" Much of the book's emphasis is on older rifles, making it the obvious choice for readers of this journal who collect vintage rifles and who enjoy working on them. One of the most valuable aspects of Mr potter's text is the accuracy of the way he describes the various processes. That makes it easy for the amateur to decide if a job is within his capabilities or whether it is one best left to the skilled hands of a professional. An excellent manual which is the distillation of a lifetime's experience of a master craftsman. "
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Reviewed By: www.classic-arms-and-militaria.com

" Reading this book will not only inform and entertain you, it will also make you a better rifle user because you will understand the factors and processes that affect the way in which a rifle shoots. Good value for money and an important addition to any rifle user's library. "
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Reviewed By: Shooting and Conservation

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