Vetterli rifle with repetition models 1871Type II double trigger


By decision of the federal authorities on February 27, 1871, a rifle with repetition is built for the police officers.

Design features

Denomination of the weapon: rifle with repetition for the police officers Model 1871 type II

Marking on the box of breech: MW (surmounted Swiss cross)

Number of the studied weapon 5643.

Type of mechanism: with bolt, automatic armament with closing

Calibre: 10,4.

Fusing: double annular percussion.

Double trigger; Thury system

Principle of use: with the magasin and in shot by shot.

Rhythm shooting: with the magasin 21/min, in shot by shot 13 shots/min

Speed of the projectile 432m/s.

Length and weight of the weapon without accessories: 1260mm/4,600Kg

Length of the barrel starting from the breech: 762mm

Stripes: 4 on the right with the step of 660mm, width of 4,5mm, depth 0,225mm.

Raise: with dial: model 1871 for the infantry, graduated of 225 à1000m and provided with a thrust for the distance from 225m

Handlebar: fixed on the barrel

Magasin: Tubular under the barrel.

Capacity; 10 shots plus 1 in the trough.

Mounting: Stick in drowning in two parts.

Bayonet: with casing similar to the model 1863, length of the blade 480mm overall length547.5 mm, but lighter 290g instead of 365g by thinning of the squares.


By ordinance of December 14, 1871

The shape and the curve of the back plate were modified.

The double trigger construction “Thury” is valid.

By ordinance of June 3, 1872

The slope of the small plank of rise is changed 30 degrees to 45 degrees

By ordinance of January 25, 1877

The two discharge culverts of gases of the chamber are definitively removed

Schedule of August 21, 1870

The lever of stop of repetition, the obturating plate of the entry of the magasin and cover-breech are removed like their attachment units.

Double trigger THURY 1871

While pressing on the strip of the double trigger of the striker, the spring of double trigger is raised and compressed. A small base plate of the trigger, pressed by the spring, clings to the nozzle of the striker and thus maintains the double trigger armed. It will be enough to very slightly overcome the low resistance within the small competence of stop while supporting on the trigger, to give off the striker of its notch. That will cause to lower the part of trigger hanging on a side the striker and on another side the trigger, which will highly be withdrawn above the higher band. The set screw regulates the catch of the notch of double trigger and, consequently, the weight of the trigger, which must be of 100 à150g.


Marking MW on the box of breech evokes manufacture by the federal workshops of assembly in Bern.

On the octagonal part of the barrel: The letters R B O surmounted by the Swiss cross

The letter R of use to leave de1867 and used by the Controller Raschein (controller of military district), the letter B of use since 1867, the letter O of use from 1863.

All punched various letters, surmounted parts its Swiss cross


The gun is maintained by a nasturtium (instead of a grenadière and a nasturtium on rifle) and to embouchoir it is maintained by a spring with pin instead of the screw through on the first models.

Two discharge culverts of gases are spared above the room.

The inventor of the Thury relaxation was a federal controller of weapons

Compared to the 1st model, the overall length is carried of 1240mm with 1260mm


Vetterli rifle of marksman M1871.

Cantonal marks on the gun, canton of Vaud.

Caliber: 10,4mm X 38R

Many thanks to "SWISSDAGGER" for the pictures.