Antique SWISS Model 1871 VETTERLI Bolt Action 10.4mm MILITARY Rifle
Early Tube Fed Magazine Bolt Action Rifle!
Here we present an antique Swiss Vetterli Model 1871 Bolt Action Military Rifle, made circa 1871 in Switzerland. The Vetterli rifles were a series of Swiss army service rifles in use from 1869 to 1889, when they were replaced with the Schmidt-Rubin rifles. The Vetterli rifles combined the American Winchester Model 1866’s tubular magazine with a regular bolt featuring for the first time two opposed rear locking lugs. This type of bolt was a major improvement over the simpler Dreyse and Chassepot bolt actions.
The Vetterli was also the first repeating bolt-action rifle to feature a self-cocking action and a small caliber bore. Due to the Swiss Federal Council’s early 1866 decision to equip the army with a breechloading repeating rifle, the Vetterli rifles were, at the time of their introduction, the most advanced military rifles in Europe. Swiss inventor and gun maker Johann-Friedrich Vetterli designed this rifle in the late 1860s. The years leading up to the 20th Century were characterized by rapidly progressing small arms designs, especially those for bolt action rifles, but for a short period of time, the Vetterli could claim the title for most advanced. Modified Vetterlis were also used by the Italian Army. This Swiss military rifle held 12 rounds of 10.4x38mm rimfire cartridges, giving it a lot of firepower.
The overall condition is very good. Original finish. The action is robust and tight. The bore is mirror bright. This example sports a solid stock with large checkering on the fore end. The barrel and stock have been shortened and a later front sight added. The rear sight is graduated out to 1000 meters. The numbers match on the barrel, receiver, and lifter.
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Barrel is 22 inches.
Caliber: 10.4x38mm rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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