SWISS Antique W v STEIGER Model 1869/71 VETTERLI Bolt Action MILITARY Rifle
High 12 Round Capacity in a Quality Military Rifle
Here we present an antique Swiss Vetterli Model 1869/71 Bolt Action Military Rifle, made circa 1871-74 at the Steiger Arsenal in Thun, Switzerland. Roughly 15,200 of these rifles were produced during this time period. The 1869 Repetiergewehr Vetterli, which in English would be Vetterli Repeating Rifle, was the first iteration of Vetterli rifles to go into full mass production. It was designed by Johann-Friedrich Vetterli (1822–1882), a Swiss rifle maker, who worked in France and England before becoming director of the Schweizerische Industrie Gesellschaft’s armament factory in Neuhausen Switzerland.
Introduced in 1867, the Vetterli rifle system utilized the “Winchester” tube magazine system for cartridge storage under the barrel. The original 1867 model had an external hammer, like a Winchester, but in 1868 this was changed to an internal cocking bolt spring. In 1871 the Model 1869 was updated by removing the loading gate and magazine cutoff switch. This change was designated the Model 1869/71.
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. This Swiss military rifle held 12 rounds of 10.4mm Centerfire cartridges, giving it a lot of firepower.
The overall condition is good. The action functions. Dark bore. The stock is solid all around with nice hand checkering on the fore end. Front barrel band is missing. Numbers match. A wonderful rifle that was cutting edge in its day!
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Barrel is 33 inches.
Caliber: .41 Swiss (10.4x38mm) Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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