W+F Bern Swiss Vetterli 1878/81 - sn 176xxx
This Vetterli model 1878/81 is in very good condition with 90% original finish. 4/5 Bore, 4/5 Stock. Stock and handguard matching serial numbers. Bolt matches serial number. Magazine matches serial number. Includes leather sling. Antique; no import engraving.
The Vetterli model 1878/81 is a factory modified model 1878 to update these older rifles to reflect the upgrades made with the Vetterli model 1881. Cast iron components were replaced for steel and the rear sight was updated.
The Vetterli is a Swiss army service rifle, in service from 1869 to 1889. Swiss Vetterli rifles combined the American Winchester Model 1866's tubular magazine with a regular bolt featuring, for the first time, two opposed rear locking lugs. This novel type of bolt made the Vetterli the first repeating bolt-action rifle to feature a self-cocking action and a small caliber bore. Vetterli rifles were the most advanced military rifles in Europe, at the time of their introduction.