STEYR Model 12/61 CHILEAN Contract 7.62x51mm Cal. MAUSER INFANTRY Rifle C&R
AUSTRIAN MADE Contract Rifle w/CHILEAN CREST & BAYONET
Here we present a C&R Steyr Model 12/61 Chilean Contract Infantry Rifle, made circa the World War I era in Steyr, Austria. Prior to the Model 1912 contract, the Mauser 1895 was Chile’s weapon of choice. However, by 1911 the “cock on closing” Model 1895 was starting to appear a little outdated and Chili wanted a new rifle. The Chileans, having been in a state of conflict and tension with their Bolivian and Peruvian neighbors had been trying to stay competitive with their arms technology and supply. Chile’s neighbors had already begun adopting the newer ’98 pattern Mauser rifles to replace their ’95 pattern rifles. In 1912, the Chileans managed to acquire from OEWG Steyr some 37,500 long rifles and 5,600 carbines designated as the Model 1912, the year of the contract placement. In 1961, Chilean Model 1912s were upgraded with a 7.62×51mm NATO 24 inch barrel, as Modelo 12/61, as is this one.
The military of the Republic of Chile has always had a bit of Prussian slant. Even to this day, their parade uniforms include Stahlhelms and their parade rifles are Mauser 98 and 95 rifles with uniforms that are often identical to the German Army. For them, the choice was simple. Adopt what the Germans have, which was the famous Model 1898 Mauser. And the rifle that Chile adopted was essentially the same as the Model 1898 with just a few changes. It was named the Modelo 1912. The biggest change was that the Modelo 1912 was made by Waffenfabrik Steyr in Austria instead of by DMW/Mauser Oberndorf of Germany. Additionally, the same rifle that Chile ordered was also sold to Columbia, Mexico, Ecuador, and even China bought a few. Very wisely, Chile retained the 7x57mm cartridge, but more importantly, Chile had large stocks of the cartridge and would save money by keeping it.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. Bright, rifled bore. Solid stock, contains an expected amount of wear with minor dents and dings. Legible markings. Mixed numbers. The bayonet is in good shape with a few dents in the scabbard.
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: 7.62x51mm NATO
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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