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Bisley Surrey, United Kingdom
Price: £1,150.00

Listing ID: 2883

Make : 1870/87 Vetterli Vitali.

Calibre : 10.4 X 47mmR

Mechanism : Bolt Action Rifle

Description: 10.4 X 47mmR Italian issue 1870/87 Vetterli Vitali bolt action service rifle. Vetterli bolt action with distinctive bulbous spring housing to the rear has safety catch to the rear right with bolt release catch and single shot cut off selector to the front of that. Vitali four shot box magazine conversion to the underside. Walnut stock with regulation pattern iron furniture including two spring retained barrel bands and spurred trigger guard. Round barrel with hexagonal breech is stamped TORRE ANNUNZIATA 1882 with serial number WY.9626 behind the impressive tangent rear sight graduated to 1800 meters. Block mounted foresight and bayonet bar to the front right. Adopted as a single shot bolt action arm in 1870 the Vetterli was a successful and accurate design but by the late 1880s was very much showing its age with rifles like the tube magazine fed Mauser 71/84 clearly superior to rifles such as this and the British Martini Henry single shots. Unlike the Martini however the bolt action Vetterli was easily adapted to magazine feed, the 4 shot Vitali conversion being adopted and fitted to all in service rifles from 1887 onwards. In good condition with good bore and mechanics, nice sharp well marked stock and much blue / brown finish to the metal work. A good example of what is a rarely seen Italian issue service arm of the late Victorian era.

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