Rifle: Swiss Vetterli M1878/81

Swiss Rifle Vetterli M78-81 tilt

Rifle Vetterli M1878/81 Manufacturer Eidgenössische, Bern
Cartridge 10.4x38mmR Overall Length 52.2″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 33.8″
Magazine 12 rnds, single feed Weight 10.1 lbs

 

One of the more common Vetterli rifles in the market, the Model 78/81 is often confused with with its predecessor, the pure 1878.  This is likely due to the fact that Swiss took six years to update their dies!  Don’t worry, we’ll explain the difference.

Animation: Swiss Vetterli Action

Pistol: Hungarian 29M

Hungarian Pistol 29M left

Pistol Pisztoly 29 Minta Manufacturer FÉG
Cartridge 9x17mm Overall Length 6.8″
Action Blowback Barrel Length 3.9″
Magazine 7 rnd detach Weight 1.7 lbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hungarian small arms history is often overlooked but the inventors in Budapest were genuinely talented and came up with some wonderfully unique designs.  Here we have a lesser known interim pistol, the 29M.

Rifle: French Berthier Mle.16 Rifle

French Rifle Berthier Mle 1916 Rifle Tilt

Rifle Fusil Modele 1916 Manufacturer Various
Cartridge 8x51mmR Overall Length 51.4″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 31.5″
Magazine 5 rnds, enbloc Weight 9.3 lbs

 

The Berthier Model 16 isn’t an uncommon sight in the collectors market.  But very little about this rifle has been written in English and many don’t realize that while developed during WWI, it is mostly a post-war rifle in terms of features and manufacture.

Rifle: Polish wz.48 Training Rifle

Polish wz.48 tilt

Rifle wz.48 Manufacturer Łucznik
Cartridge 5.6×15mmR Overall Length 44.5″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 24.8″
Magazine Single Shot Weight 8.4 lbs

 

This fantastic single-shot training rifle can be almost unnerving to shoot if you’re expecting the recoil of a Mosin-Nagant carbine.  But its design is not entirely unique as it evolved from a prewar Mauser trainer.