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The Construction and Operation of the Air Gun Vol 1 The Austrian Army Repeating Air Rifle Revised Second Edition The Construction and Operation of the Air Gun Vol 1 The Austrian Army Repeating Air Rifle Revised Second Edition oo aoogoo0gqo oo oO 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 oO c © 2006 Geoffrey Baker, Colin Currie All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored on a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission from the authors. Acknowledgements ‘The Authors would like to thank everyone involved for their valuable help and assistance in furthering this project. In particular, Mark Murray Flutter of the Royal Armouries whose help has been invaluable at all stages. Malcolm Munslow, who kindly allowed access to various pncumatics. Brian Godwin, who helped with reference documentation, Peter Nolan, for an important contribution in both allowing access to his rifle and valuable assistance in the comparison exercise. Dr. Robert Beeman, whose help, information, and encouragement of research into the Girandoni system, was the catalyst for many important new discoveries. Emie Cowen, for both his major contributions in advancing further knowledge of the Girandoni design and the valuable discussions on the many issues arising. Giancarlo Melano, Secretary of the “Friends of the Turin Artillery Museum Society” who supplied vital sketches, photographs and dimensions of original parts. Mike Carrick, Question & Answer Editor of the Gun Report magazine for his help and encouragement. Angela Ladd member Chart. Inst, of Linguists for her professional assistance in the translation of reference documentation, F. B, Smith for supplying various articles that gave new impetus to this project. Finally and very importantly, Mrs Crescencia Baker whose continued good humoured tolerance of our activities, was essential to the completion of this revision. email geoffrey.baker@virgin.net colin.currie1@virgin.net Austrian Army Air Rifle 2