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Posted: 3/30/2006 3:55:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2006 5:02:50 PM EDT by Aahhyes68]







Any idea what this is ? My Dad pulled this out of his cabinet the other day and asked me to investigate this thing... I never knew he had it ....

TIA,

Steve
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 4:00:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2006 4:01:47 PM EDT by doba76]
SwissModel 1869/71 Vetterli
Barrel Length: 33.1inches
Overall Length: 51.2 inches
Weight: 10.16 lbs empty
Chambering: 10.4x38 (.41) Swiss Rimfire
Capacity: 12 round tubular magazine
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 4:00:31 PM EDT
1871 Vetterli

(I guess)
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 4:39:38 PM EDT

That was quick !!

Where can I investigate this rifle further ? Any links ? What's is the value ?? Etc.. ??

Link Posted: 3/30/2006 5:18:26 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 11:49:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Aahhyes68:
That was quick !!

Where can I investigate this rifle further ? Any links ? What's is the value ?? Etc.. ??




www.swissrifles.com/vetterli/
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 1:04:34 PM EDT
I rescued one of these from an antique shop over a year ago. Made like a Swiss watch. They even finished the stock under the barrel. these are rimfire rifles, but can be converted to centerfire pretty easily. Ammunition hasn't been available since WWII. There were made by the Swiss and quiclky became obsolete. They sold them off for scrap to Penny's and Sears who imported them into the US and sold them mostly to farmers for about $2.00 each in the early 20th Century. A round called the Swiss .41 was made for them. Cost about $10/round to day if you can find it.

This was the first auto loading military rifle. They shoot pretty good too.

This guy: gadcustomcartridges.com/#militaryblack can convert the bolt and even makes ammo for these rifles. You can gethe ammo either in black or smokeless powder.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 2:12:47 PM EDT
I bet that things kicks like a mule.

.41 caliber!
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 2:24:59 PM EDT
Not a bad kick. Muzzle velocity is about 1,400 fps with a 320 grain bullet. It has a tubular magazine and cycling the bolt is a rather noisy affair. Metal parts clanging all over the place. Mine hadn't benn fired forprobably 70 years or more when I got it. Lots of spider nests, dead insects etc. in the barrel. Cleaned up real nice though. Craftsmanship is excellent. Worth about $250 retail.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 10:09:58 PM EDT
Check out Buffalo Arms, they will probably have ammo for it, they have all kinds of weird ammo, not cheap though.

Nice rifle BTW
Link Posted: 4/1/2006 2:38:28 AM EDT
Not autoloading. Rather it is a repeater.
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