Swiss Magazine Loading Rifles Book 1869-1958-New Ed.!


by Joe Poyer

Edited by Craig Riesch

2010 2nd Edition, Revised


"For Collectors Only"

Contains detailed coverage of the Vetterli and Schmidt-Rubin rifles and carbines, including a part -by-part by serial number range description. A MUST -have for your military firearms library!

In 1869, the Swiss government adopted the world's first successful magazine loading rifle for their army. In the latter half of the nineteenth century, Prussia was the military power to be feared and the Swiss, living right next door, were determined to guarantee the integrity of their borders.

The Vetterli rifle was a clever Swiss design that combined the spring-loaded magazine tube and cartridge elevator of the Winchester Model 1866 and the bolt action of the Dreyse needle-fire rifle. It provided the Swiss infantryman with eleven shots as fast as he could work the bolt.

By the end of the 1880s, the Vetterli had been made obsolete by the march of technology. A new rifle design using a straight pull system was developed. The Model 1889 underwent major redesigns ending in the K-31, one of the finest, most accurate bolt action infantry rifles ever developed. The promise of the magazine loading rifle was fulfilled: the Swiss were able to avoid
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