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Posted: 7/30/2001 12:34:16 AM EDT
I just kinda on spur of the moment bought one of those cheap military rifles from Big 5. I think I've found a source for ammo, but suggestions welcome. If anyone knows anything about this gun, please share. M 95 Carbine 8x56r Austrian Steyr Manlicher All matching numbers Still in HEAVY Cosmoline, how do you get rid of this stuff? Just wanted a cheap gun to beat around, thought it was 8mm Mauser, oh well...
Link Posted: 7/30/2001 1:23:39 AM EDT
The Steyr Model 1895 is the result of several design changes. The first design straight pull bolt was in 1884, the M84, with gravity fed magazine, designed by Ferdinand Ritter Von Mannlicher. The first improvement was in 1885 with the addition of a clip fed magazine in which the clip was removed from the top. In 1886 the enbloc Mannlicher magazine holding five rounds was added to the gun and it was designated the M86. Two years later, 1888, it was changed from the original 11mm to the 8X50R which was black powder charged. In 1890 it was changed, M1888/90, to smokeless powder, with an altered sight to compensate for the difference in trajectory. Later that year a new design was introduced to better handle the increased pressures of the round. This design was known as the Repetier- Carabiner M90 and had the locking lugs at the forward end of the bolt where they would give more support to the head of the cartridge. The M90 is 39.5 inches long with a barrel length of 19.5 inches. The weight is 7 lbs.. 2 ounces. The stock has no hand guard and is held by one barrel band at the forend. The final design was the Repetier Gerwehr M95, which only had minor modifications, but is considered to be very strong. The M95 was manufactured in three configurations: The 50" infantry rifle; The 40 inch 7 lb 14 oz short rifle( Repetier Stutzen) to be used by the signal, artillery, and engineers, with stacking hook, bayonet lug and the sling swivels on the bottom of the stock. The 39.5 inch, 7 lb 2 oz calvary carbine, without stacking hook, and bayonet lug, with sling swivels on the left side of the stock, to be carried in a saddle boot. The front sling swivel, on the carbine is located 2 1/8 inches further back on the stock than on the Stutzen. The M95 was first manufactured at the Steyr plant, marked STEYR M95 and then in Budapest, marked with BUDAPEST M95. These two plants also manufactured the M95 for Bulgaria, marked with the Bulgarian Lion Crest. At the closing of WWI the Imperial Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed and the armaments were dispersed as war reparations to Greece, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. Greece, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia reworked the M95's and rebarreled them in 7.92 Mauser. They also altered the magazine to accept the German stripper clips. Bulgaria designated their rifle the 95/24, Yugoslavia designated theirs by adding an M (M95M). These short rifles had a 23 inch barrel, a tangent rear sight and a mauser front sight. After WWI an arms plant was set up in an old Imperial Army Arsenal in Brno Czechoslovakia, and by April, 1919 they were making M95's marked CS. ST. ZBROJOVKA BRNO. In 1930 the Austrian government rebarreled most of the rifles to 8X56R, marking the rifles with an S on the barrel, and designating them the M30. The barrels were originally marked Wn and the date of manufacture, during the upgrade some of the dates were over stamped and some were left intact with the upgrade date stamped alongside. Hungary also rebarreled, one year later, in 8X56R and stamped the barrel with an H to signify the caliber change. Hungary designated the converted rifle the M31. There are many other variations including the 95/34 that has a sling loop on the left side of the forearm instead of the sling swivel and an Austrian Police version with an aluminum butt plate from the 50's. There are also the Bulgarian M38 and the M39 converted from the Austrian M30.
Link Posted: 7/30/2001 1:24:22 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 8/6/2001 2:15:12 PM EDT
Thanks for all your helpful replies. I did find a little ammo, but no clip. Should I just ditch this at the next gun show and get a Mauser or something? I've read of a lot of problems uppon first shooting the gun (ex. firing pin break) I would have thought more of Styer. :(
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