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This is a nice example of a single-shot breechloading rifle that the Austro-Hungarian army adopted in 1867 as a replacement
ŒWG (Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft) produced the Werndl and chambered it for the 11mm scharfe Patrone M.67 (11.15×42mmR) cartridge. In 1877, the military rechambered the Werndl for the bottleneck 11mm scharfe Patrone M.77 (11.15×58mmR) cartridge.
This model had a long life and it was used by a significant number of nations across the world, examples being found as late as WW1.
Our example is stamped with serial number “872” on the lockplate, with numbers 33 and 35 on the wooden stock but, numbers 016 on the barrel and and 78B on the receiver.
The top of the receiver is marked Werndl and the top of the barrel “S+69” and “GB”.
The metal butt plate is stamped “59R * 1B /1 * 182”.
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel length ic 85 cm and the overall length of it is 127 cm.
~ Condition ~
The rifle remains in good used condition with the expected ageing.
Some minimal pitting and bruises on its wooden stock are traces of usage over the years.
ref. GS919BD29 / MLE00MM91EE13F