Vetterli rifle with repetition model 1881

Denomination of the weapon: Repeating rifle model 1881

Marking on the box of breech: Waffenfabrik Bern (the overcome whole of the Swiss cross)

Number of the studied weapon: 222474.

Type of mechanism: with bolt, automatic armament with closing.

Caliber: 10,4 X 37 R

Fusing: double annular percussion.

Principle of use: with magazine and in shot by shot.

Give rhythm shooting: with the magazine 21coups min.

Speed of the projectile: 435m/s.

Length and weight of the weapon without accessories: 1320mm, 4,600Kg.

Length of the barrel: 843mm.

Stripes: 4 on the right with the step of 660mm, mini width 4mm maximum 4.8mm, depth 0,225mm.

Raise: With dial modèle1881 Schmidt system graduated of 225 à1200m and an additional cursor for the distance1300 with 1600m.

Sight: fixed at residence on the gun.

Magazine: Tubular under the gun.

Capacity: 12 shots more 1 in the trough.

Mounting: Stick and was in drowning.

Bayonet: Saber-bayonet model 1887 to 49 teeth of saw, length of the blade 480mm width 28mm thickness 6.3mm.

Weight 595gr, overall length 600mm, length of the sleeve 597mm

Acceptance and hallmarks.

On the octagonal part of the barrel: the letters R, v, M surmounted by the Swiss cross. The letter R of use to leave de1867 and used by the inspector Raschein: small letter v like punch of acceptance federal of use since 1878, the letter M of use since 1867 and used by the military controller of district, all the other parts are punched various letters, surmounted Swiss cross.

The improvements brought to the weapon into 1881 are as follows:

The model rise new (Schmidt system), it differs from old by the cheeks from the foot from rise prolonged in front of 27mm so as to move away the eye of the bead.

The features corresponding to the distances being more distant to each other, in this way one could graduate the rise of 50 in 50 meters, while the old one carried only the hundreds of meters. The rise and its cursor are graduated until 1600m.

Embedding for the foot of rise was widened and its reinforced pads, thus increasing the solidity of the fixing of the rise on the octagonal part of the thunder

With the trigger engine, the base plate of the trigger was round to decrease the friction within the competence of trigger and to prevent that the part is not split with hardening.

The finger of the trigger was prolonged behind to make the departure easier. The trigger guard carries a hook whose form makes it possible to shoulder the weapon more easily.

With the mobile breech, the striker with two points was reinforced at the base.

The stick is lengthened of 12 mm to correspond to the lengthening of the trigger. Peg was placed in the stick to prevent that it is not split.

To embouchoir is provided with a groove for the sabre-bayonet and the spring to embouchoir it removed and replaced by a screw.

Note: as on the model 1878, the barrel is octagonal over 80 mm length, (instead of 75 for the model 1869).