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Austrian Lorenz Wänzl Trapdoor Conversion M1854/67

After being trounced by the Prussian army at Königgrätz in 1866, where their Lorenz muzzle loaders proved to be no match for the Dreyse rifles of the Prussians, the Austrians started a program for development of a new breech loading rifle. As a stop-gap measure they adopted a breech loading conversion for their Lorenz rifles from the Viennese gunsmith Franz Wänzl. A unique variant of the Aims type conversions with a cam-over lobe that maintained the lifting block (trapdoor) in open or closed positions and a substantial bolt was thrust from the rear of the frame into a blind hole in the rear of the lifting block when the hammer reached about mid-pint in its downward arc very securely locking the breech before ignition of the 14×33mm Wänzl rim fire cartridge. These arms remained in service until replaced by the M1867 Werndl-Holub rifles. The metal is mixed gray and brown patina while the bore is somewhat pitted but has good rifling and the stock is sound with a stable crack though the right cheek. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed on Gun Broker the evening of September 25th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker and eBay buttons to see all our listings there. 09-21-17A--17-45-16

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