Formally founded in 1867, Steyr Arms built rifles for the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, but it wasn't until the 1970s that Steyr began manufacturing modern tactical rifles. By 1918 when production ceased, Austria was pretty much on the ropes. This new rifle definitely lives up to the Steyr name. In 1885, Mannlicher merged his efforts with the Austrian Arms Factory company at Steyr and formed the Steyr Mannlicher group to produce a new rifle for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Base and rim were the same as the 8 X 50, so no change was needed in the bolt head or extractor. Mayer is the Founder and Publisher of Varminter Magazine.
The military acceptance marks show the date of manufacture: they consist of the letters Wn for Wien Vienna , the Austro-Hungarian double eagle and a two digit date; or Bp for Budapest, the Hungarian crest and a date. Steyr Arms is the subsidiary headquarters of Steyr Mannlicher in the U. Eric is a 51 year old die-hard hunter residing in Idaho, who has been hunting since age 13. We were excited to see this new rifle and see if it would be something that could possibly solidify its place in the crowded rimfire world. Their gun, the Model 1888 was a bolt-action rifle with a 30-inch barrel that fired black-powder 8x50R cartridges. While the army itself had a bad experience during the Great War, the soldier in the field was not let down by his Steyr-Mannlicher made rifle.
After the war, the small Austrian and Hungarian armies continued to use the M95. It features a classic European walnut stock with a Bavarian cheek piece and fish scale checkering. Unlike your 8mm German Mausers, 303 Brit Enfields, and 7. Why the need Austrian soldier holds a M95 Steyr Mannlicher rifle during World War I. This rifle weighs in at under 10 lbs and includes a synthetic stock, integrated Picatinny rail, and an optional High Capacity Kit to expand the magazine to 10 rounds.
The Austrian Army issued the M95 Steyr and used it to good effect in World War 1 on no less than three fronts. Hungary followed in 1931, calling the cartridge the M1931 and the rifle the 31M. This was mitigated by the short rifle variant, a handy little 7-pound carbine that used a 19-inch barrel and has a very distinctive stacking rod on the front barrel band. Royal Dutch army soldiers with Hembrug rifles. The strait pull bolt action and integral box magazine of the earlier Mannlicher design was retained. Trigger pull— pull back, hits wall— touch it —bang.
While you can luck into these guns all day for a hundred dollar bill, shooting and collecting the accessories for them are another matter. While these guns share a name, profile, and magazine design with the M95, they are very different rifles actually derived from the earlier German Model 1888 Commission Rifle. The city of Steyr in northern Austria has been known for the production of firearms since the mid 16th century. About 25%-35% of the total production was made at Budapest. Between the fast bolt and the one-piece reload of the enbloc clip, it was possible for a trained rifleman to fire up to 30-rounds per minute with the M95.
To reload this fast-operating bolt gun, the M95 was charged with a five-shot enbloc spring steel clip that was held inside the rifle. Collectability M95, showing distinctive stacking pin. Most rifles seem to be dated 17, as production reached its zenith at that point in the war. What makes the barrel unique is the twisted lines of the barrel see photo below. The Gewher was designed from the ground-up to fire the stronger smokeless-powder cartridges.
While the price of old military bolt-actions rose steadily over the decades, the Steyr M95 has remained fairly low and today can still. After the war, the Austro-Hungarian Empire went the way of the dinosaurs but the various countries that rose from its ashes: Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Rumania, all kept their inherited M95s around for decades. This lightweight bolt-action, weighing only 5. When most people think old bolt-action rifles, their world is crowded with , , , and. Mannlicher invented a super-neat strait-pull bolt action that fed from an internal box magazine. Thankfully, these are usually preloaded on the M95s standard enbloc clip. Forged, oil-quenched steel was used throughout.
They never had the panache of the Mausers, the bargain basement price of the Mosin, or the widespread ammunition availability of the Enfield or Springfield rifles, which left them siting on many racks in gun stores. For more information, contact Steyr Arms at 2530 Morgan Rd. We will be shooting it at the range, as well as taking it into the field for some spring varmint hunting, so stay-tuned! The longer round put out a 208 gr. The majority of guns found today were converted in the 30s to the 8x56mm round. Only thing that bothers me is due to receiver design, scope mounts quite forward which can interfere with proper eye relief—using Leupold no tap 11mm high steel rings and Nikon scopes. With more than 3-million Ruck-Zucks manufactured 1895-1921, these guns have been on the surplus market worldwide since the Prohibition era.
It is possible some rifles were re-chambered without receiving any special markings Filter Results by:. Rifles are much less common than carbines or stutzens since most of the rifles were cut down to stutzen length. In the 1880s, the bolt-action rifle was a new-fangled innovative firearm. A full-length wooden stock covered almost all of the metal surfaces to make it soldier-proof. These Dutch guns are conventional turn-bolt action rifles rather than the bolt-action of the M95 but use the same style of enbloc clip.
Cut down rifle barrels have the front sight on a barrel band, and the rear is usually the longer rifle sight. This is not unlike the 8-shot enbloc of the familiar. The cold hammer forged barrel with Mannox finish make for tough, reliable design that will withstand the elements while out in the field. Once the rounds were loaded the clip would fall free through an opening in the bottom of the magazine box and was reusable. He has hunted Varmints in almost every county in California, as well as in Idaho, Nevada, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and even parts of Canada! To put it in perspective this gun was designed just 30-years and long-barreled rifles that could mount a decent bayonet were the standard for warfare at the time. Half Stock—really neat lines, shoots any.