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Swiss Vetterli Model 1881 10.4mm Rifle (204096)

Availability: Out of stock

$1,495.00

Quick Overview

Made by Waffenfabrik Bern this Vetterli M1881 rifle is in very good condition. The blueing is excellent with very minor wear only. The polished bolt handle has a dark patina. The fore-end is in very good condition with minor dings and dents only. The barrel is excellent and does not appear to have seen much use.

Details

Made by Waffenfabrik Bern this Vetterli M1881 rifle is in very good condition. The blueing is excellent with very minor wear only. The polished bolt handle has a dark patina. The fore-end is in very good condition with minor dings and dents only. The barrel is excellent and does not appear to have seen much use.

The Vetterli combined the American M1866 Winchester rifle's tubular magazine and a bolt system derived from the German Dreyse needle gun. They were the first repeating rifle to feature a self-cocking action and a small caliber. 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 rifle in Europe.

To accelerate the sluggish production of the Vetterli rifles, the federal authorities built a new arms factory in Bern, the Eidgenössische Waffenfabrik, in 1875. This factory produced the 1878 variant of the Vetterli rifle. Its some 25 improvements included a new bayonet and lug, improved sights and a finger hook on the trigger cover.

The Model 1881 had an improved rear sight. Various components which had been made of iron on the 1878 were made of steel on the 1881. The Model 1881 continued to be marked M.78, until 1887 when the M.81 marking was introduced.

Specifications

SPECIFICATION METRIC IMPERIAL
Manufacturer Waffenfabrik Bern
Overall Length 1260mm 49.6"
Barrel Length 783mm 30.83"
Weight 4.6 Kg 10 lbs 2 oz
Cartridge 10.4mm
Magazine Capacity 11 Rounds