RiflesBolt ActionUsed£ 950
~ Rare Steyr Kropatschek M1886 Short Rifle ~
This is a very rare Steyr Kropatschek M1886 Short Rifle, chambered 8mm calibre. Only around 49,000 were made in total.
This example is serial number V885, marked on the right side of the chamber, on the right side of the barrel and wooden stock.
The stock but bears the factory arsenal mark on one side and the Portuguese Royal arsenal one on the other.
The bolt is serial numbered 'R361' in a number of places.
The receiver is marked with the year of manufacture 1886, with Portuguese Royal Crown over the initials LI (the cipher for King Luiz I, who reigned from 1861 to 1889) and 'OE.W.F.G. STEYER 1886'.
Designed by Alfred Ritter von Kropatschek this rifle shares many design features with the French Mle 1878 rifle and incorporates a clever spoon shaped cartridge lifter mechanism to feed rounds in from the loading tube which runs underneath the barrel.
The rifle comes with a full working action and can be cocked, stripped and fired.
~ Alfred Ritter von Kropatschek (March 30, 1838 - 1911) ~
He was a General in the Austrian Army and a weapons designer of the late 19th century, who was responsible for several rifle and revolver designs in affiliation with the Steyr Company; these weapons were used by the armed forces of the Austrian Empire and several other nations.
His rifles feature a tubular magazine under the barrel similar to a Winchester rifle. One of his designs was sold to the French Navy, and was later adapted by the French Army.
Kropatschek patent weapons were used by the French Army and Navy during the First World War.
It measures 52" overall with a 32 ¼” barrel. The barrel’s bore is near mint, clean and bright with crisp rifling. It has an internal, tubular magazine and its loading and firing mechanisms work correctly. It has all original woodwork which is impressed with Steyr & ‘Crown L.I’ (Luiz I Portugal) roundels . The breech is stamped with ‘Crown L.I’ (Luiz I Portugal)'. The metal is also stamped 'M 1886’. The rifle is serial number ‘QQ167’ which is stamped on the breech, barrel and wood. The bolt is numbered ‘K619’. It is complete with cleaning rod, steel butt plate, sling swivels fitted with leather sling, block and blade fore sight, graduated ladder rear sight and bayonet stud. The price includes UK delivery. NB as an obsolete calibre, antique weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display.
~ Dimensions ~
The rifle is 52 inches (132 cm) long overall with a 32 ¼” (82 cm) barrel.
It weighs 4.4 kg.
~ Condition ~
The rifle is in excellent condition with all markings visible.
There is no rust or damage on the metalwork.
The rifling is excellent, same as the action.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £24 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth.
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