SCARCE Antique SWISS VETTERLI Model 1870 10.4mm .41 Cal CADET TRAINING Rifle
By Rychner of Aarau Circa 1870
Here we present an antique Swiss Vetterli Model 1870 Bolt Action Single Shot Cadet Training Rifle, made circa 1870-73 by Rychner & Keller in Aarau, Switzerland. This single shot cadet rifle was manufactured in a very limited number. It came with a one piece wooden stock and had no provision for a bayonet. In order to accommodate the smaller stature of the cadet, a reduced load round of the 10.4mm was produced which used 3 grams of black powder as compared to the standard load of 3.65 grams, thus reducing the recoil. It also eliminated the magazine and is instead a single shot rifle.
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. This type of bolt action 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. 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.
The overall condition is very good. Strong action. Bright bore with good rifling. The stock is solid throughout with an expected amount of wear. Numbers on the barrel and rear sight match but the bolt assembly is numbered 6208 (compared to 6174 on the barrel). A wonderful piece of Swiss history for the collection!
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Barrel is 26-3/4 inches.
Caliber: 10.4x38mm (.41 Swiss) Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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