Austrian STEYR M95 Straight Pull MANNLICHER 8mm Bolt Action C&R SHORT RIFLE
World War I & II STUTZEN Short Rifle
Here we present a C&R Austrian Steyr Model 95 Straight Pull Mannlicher Short Rifle, made circa the turn of the century in Austria. This stutzen, or short rifle, was mainly used by special troops (i.e. storm troops) during World War I. It chambered the 8×50mmR Mannlicher cartridge. In the 1880s, the bolt-action rifle was a very innovative firearm. One of the leaders in the design of these guns was a man named Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher. Mannlicher invented a straight pull, bolt action rifle that fed from an internal box magazine. In 1885, Mannlicher combined his efforts with the Austrian Arms Factory company at Steyr and formed the Steyr Mannlicher group to produce a new rifle that fired black powder 8x50R cartridges, the Model 1888. The gun was a success with the Austrian Army, but in 1893 smokeless powder caught on and replaced black powder practically overnight. Thus, the Austrians needed another new gun, and that is when Mannlicher came out with the Model 95.
Based on his previous M1890 design, this rifle was manufactured in the Austro-Hungarian Empire at state arms factories in Steyr (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary). More than 3 million of M95 rifles were produced between 1895 and 1918. This rifle was issued to the Austro-Hungarian army, and, after the fall of the Empire, to the Austrian and Hungarian armies. A full-length wooden stock covered almost all of the metal surfaces to make it “soldier proof”. The straight pull design was so fast acting that the German soldiers that used the rifle in World War II called the M95 the “Ruck-Zuck”, meaning very quick.
The Austrian Army issued the Model 95 Steyr and used it with effectiveness in World War I on no less that three fronts. While the army did not fare well during the great war, the soldiers said the Model 95 performed with great effectiveness. After the war, the Austro-Hungarian Empire went away, but the various countries that rose from the ashes, including Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Rumania all kept their inherited Model 95s around for decades.
The overall condition is good. Strong, tight action. The bore remains bright! Solid stock. Visible numbers match. Here is an excellent example of a Mannlicher with a ton of history for the collection!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 23-3/4 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Guaranteed AUTHENTIC & Includes CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY.