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1893 Mannlicher Carbine
Modell 1893 Cavalry Carbine
7.5 x 53.5mm
Serial No: 4701

Date 1897
Obsolete Calibre.
£750 - Sold

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 the
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 graduated
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 against the
ground as hard as they could. This, combined with the small number produced (7750)

Its estimated this example was manufactured in 1897

The Action & Magazine are matching, the Nose Cap & Bolt are mis matched.

Bore is Very Good to Excellent

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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