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Lot 451: Scarce Pre-World War I Austro-Hungarian Steyr Model 1895

Auction Date: September 7, 2018

Scarce Pre-World War I Austro-Hungarian Steyr Model 1895 Bolt Action Sniper Carbine

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Scarce Pre-World War I Austro-Hungarian Steyr Model 1895 Bolt Action Sniper Carbine

Manufacturer: Steyr
Model: 1895
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 8x50 R
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: oak
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 187
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This is an example of an Austro-Hungarian Steyr Model 1895 straight pull sniper carbine, complete with an original (although non-matching) sniper scope. These were the standard infantry rifle and carbine as used during WWI. The rifle was developed in approximately 1895 with the carbine version being developed in early 1905 with both being produced up until 1918. As noted this is a very desirable sniper carbine version with the short 20 inch barrel, side mounted sling swivels, that is fitted with a C. Reichert Wein marked sniper scope. The scope is approximately 3X that uses a single claw front mount and a single locking latch on the rear base, with both being off-set to the left side. The scope has the typical three-post European reticle pattern with the elevation knob marked "1-6" (100-600 meters). The top of the receiver is covered by the front scope base, however the right side of the base is stamped with "15095/S" with the rear scope ring stamped with "3522". It is fitted with a blade front sight with a military style tangent rear sight that is graduated "3-22" (300-2200 meters). The rear of the barrel is not marked with an "S" for the new style 8mm bullet however the top of the breech end of the barrel is stamped with the Austrian Army acceptance proof "Wn-18". It has the straight pull action design with the complete bolt assembly in the white as originally manufactured with the bolt handle numbered "69". It is fitted with an oak pattern stock and short handguard. The stock is a semi-grip pattern with finger grooves on the sides with a flat sheet metal buttplate with a bayonet stud on the front barrel band.

Rating Definition:

Very good with 50% of a dull fading blue finish showing wear and field use overall. The heavily worn stock and handguard are in fair condition with numerous heavy pressure dents, and wood gouges/scratches on the sides also from considerable field use. The scope and rings retain 40% of their blue finish with the balance a dark gray/brown patina overall. The optics are clear with an intact reticle. Mechanically fine.

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