Styer-Mannlicher M1895

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Dave55, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Here's a rifle I got from a friend around 1971. He told me his dad was in the Hell on Wheels division which I now know is the 2nd Armored Division. I want to think it might have been a bring back but I'll never know now. His father was a good mechanic and I remember him telling us that his tank had an airplane engine but I don't know if it was a Sherman or a Stuart.

    I have to admit I've neglected it a bit over the past 50 years. Very minor surface rust on the bright parts now that I think will clean up with fine steel wool and oil. Have to get some tung oil for the stock too. Bore is perfect and the action sound like a bank vault being locked

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    Empty clip drops out the bottom after the last shot and the loaded clip can be dumped by pressing the button in from of the trigger and opening the floor plate

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  2. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    The Steyr-Mannlicher M95 was a very interesting rifle, the last in the line of Steyr-Mannlicher military straight-pulls. The action limited it as far as really high-powered cartridges were concerned, but it armed the Austro-Hungarian army throughout WWI and turned up all over the place in WWII. Guns held by the Austrian Army passed into the German inventory in 1938. Many others were held by the Balkan powers as war loot/reparations and the Italians also got quite a few via the same route. Many Italian M95s fell into British hands in the African campaigns and were recycled for use by British forces in East Africa and India. Along with old Italian Carcanos, M95s continued to pop up in various hands in the Horn of Africa for decades after WWII.
     
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  3. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    A rare photo of Dave's dining room.

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