1893 Mannlicher Carbine
7.5 x 53.5mm
Serial No: 2276
When the Swiss attempted to create a cavalry carbine for
their 7.5 round, they made several attempts to shorten the 1889 Schmidt-Rubin.
The most interesting attempt include a folding wooden stock , which feature
a large hinge in the buttstock. However, due to the length and weakness
of the 89 action,
none of these attempts were successful.
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,
both turn-bolt and straight-pull Mannlichers were submitted, as well as
a modified Mauser design and a straight-pull design by Vogelsang and Krauser.
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.
For bolt disassembly and re-assembly instructions click here. However,
unlike the M1895, the Swiss 1893 uses a detachable box magazine, fed by
standard Swiss stripper clips.
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
from 400 to 1200m. No provisions were made for a bayonet
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
ground as hard as they could. This, combined with the small number produced
Its estimated this example was manufactured in
The Action & Bolt have matching serial numbers.
This example has been converted to a Sporting Rifle, but none the less
a rare example of one of these rare carbines
Manufactured by SIG Neuhausen
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