When the Swiss attempted to create a cavalry carbine for
their 7.5 round, they made several attempts to shorten the 1889 Schmidt-Rubin.
As a result, in 1893 the Swiss government began trials
to select a new carbine. Several designs were submitted. SIG submitted
two turn-bolt designs,
In the end, the compactness of the straight-pull Mannlicher, won the day
The 1893's bolt and receiver are almost identical to those
of the Austrian M1895.
Other features of the 1893s included a full length stock and handguard, protected front sight, and a German-style sling-anchor in the buttstock.
The rear sight was had a two-piece arrangement. There
was a fixed sight set to 300m, and the was a flip-up adjustable sight
The 1893 Carbine remained in production, until 1905, when it was replaced by the Schmidt-Rubin Model 1905 Short Rifle.
Today, Model 1893 Carbines very are rare. Many were destroyed
during drills, where Swiss soldiers smashed the buttstocks of the 1893
Its estimated this example was manufactured late in 1902, one of 500 for that year, within serial number range 6151-6650
The Action, Bolt, Magazine & Nose Cap are
all matching, bore is excellent.
One of 3500 Manufactured by Eidgenössische Waffenfabrik, Bern
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