Mine was 0 — a model 1931 Karabiner manufactured in 1950 with a beechwood stock.It has the name of the last Swiss civilian militia-man who was issued the gun under the butt plate. Switzerland has produced chocolate, multipurpose pocket knives, Swatches, secretive banking laws and a high standard of living. The other benefit to not going to war often is that the focus can be put on quality. The gun is often incorrectly referred to as a “Schmidt-Rubin.” That moniker comes from a combination of the guy who designed the original straight pull gun, Rudolf Schmidt, and the guy who designed the cartridge, Eduard Rubin. In terms of firearms, all that neutrality means the guns issued to Swiss troops through the years have seen, well, lots of skiing, marching, target practice and some cleaning. As a result, Swiss surplus firearms are often in very good shape compared to those of some of their less neutral European neighbors (i.e., all of them). It’s 8.8 lbs of Swiss precision in 7.5x55mm (.308 caliber).Notice, not up and back and forward and down — straight back and straight forward.Speaking of clean rifling, one of the problems many people have with mil surplus firearms is the use of corrosive ammunition. The Swiss didn’t use it (corrosive ammo, that is; well, theoretically, as neutrals they didn’t use much ammunition period). Cheap, non-corrosive, surplus, accurate, .308 caliber, reloadable ammunition for a gun that costs On the first real spring day of the year, and with a breeze at my back, I took the carbine to the range.He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing.
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Surplus Swiss ammo shoots a 174 grain, paper-patched, spitzer bullet at 2560 ft/s and stays supersonic at great distances. The gun was made to be fired by soldiers high in the Alps.
As such, I brought along a wussy-pad to simulate winter clothing.