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Item #43344

Austrian Model 1854/67 Wanzl Breech-Loading Rifle

  • Maker: Austria
  • Model: Wanzl
  • Caliber: 14.3mm

  • Description: NSN, 14.3 x 33 RF, 34 3/4" barrel with a very good bore that has a few scattered patches of dark freckling within the grooves. This rifle has an "862" dated lock (1862), and a Steyr-marked, 1868 dated barrel. The metal has an overall plum-brown patina with scattered areas of pinprick pitting throughout, most noticeably at the muzzle and on the lockplate. Streaks of gray metal are present throughout, and the markings and edges are generally quite sharp and crisp. The "TH SEDERL"-marked, birch stock has scattered minor handling marks, as well as a few chips and a with-the-grain crack at the tip of the wrist tang. The breech-block locks up tightly, and the action is fully functional. A correct brass-tipped ramrod is also present. These rifles were all converted from muzzle-loading Lorenz rifle-muskets, and were a stop-gap solution until Austrias adoption of the Model 1867 Werndl. This example is in very good plus condition, and would make a great addition to a collection. Antique