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 in 1897
The Action & Magazine are matching, the Nose
Cap & Bolt are mis matched.
One of 4250 Manufactured by SIG & 1 of 250 Manufactured in 1897
A rare rifle not often encountered in the UK
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