6-shot Mauser Selbstlader. Courtesy Giuliano Alfinito. All rights reserved.
Mauro Baudino & Gerben van Vlimmeren - All rights reserved.
Introduction   It   is   the   pleasure   and   honor   of   reading   and   analyzing   the   Paul   Mauser   private   archive   because   of   the great   work   done   by   Mr.   Walter   Schmid   in   preserving   these   documents.   Mr.   Schmid,   former   director   of   the Waffen   Museum   in      Oberndorf,   has   been   one   of         the   most   authoritative   Paul   Mauser   experts,   his biography   is   impressive.   He   spent   a   long   period   of   his   life   researching,   preserving   and   studying   this archive. He    was    the    first    researcher    that    seriously    studied    the    archive    providing    the    data    to    numerous researchers and authors.  In the book Mauser Pistolen  (Weaver, Speed and Schmid) Walter Schmid wrote about himself: My   personal   effort   for   many   decades   has   been   to   recover   these   important   and   irreplaceable documents,   and   in   this   I   have   been   at   least   partly   successful,   so   that   currently   so   much archival    material    is    at    my    disposal    that    many    important    questions    ca    be    answered concerning the factory, the technology of the period, and the history of the firm. The   Paul   Mauser   archive   is   today   shared   between   the   Waffen   Museum   and   a   few   collectors,   among them the Mr. Baudino’s collection, from where the presented documents are extracted. Mr.   Baudino   and   Mr.   G.   van   Vlimmeren   started   the   digitalization   and   analysis   of   this   big   part   of   the archive. This web site is the first evidence of this study. The   authors   are   convinced   that   the   best   way   to   preserve   this   archive   is   the   digitalization   followed   by   the publishing of the entire content. For   the   Paul   Mauser   archive   a   new   period   is   starting;   the   digitalization   will   provide   both   the   perpetuity and the possibility to share and publish this irreplaceable material.
A page from the Walter Schmid's numerous studies. All Rights Reserved.