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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:51 am 
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Picked this up a while ago, and asked for info under the Swiss Rifles section of the forum. I had thought it was a .22 trainer, but it turns out to be a conversion of a 96/11 to fire .22 LR as a single shot 50 meter match rifle (thanks Guisan for setting me straight on this). It was a bit daggy when I received it, but now it looks much better now (cleaned, and a new coat of PTO and Toms wax). Interesting rear sight: it's windage and elevation adjustable and slides over the existing ramp , replacing the stock elevator and rear blade of the 96/11. I had to fashion a peep aperture for it out of JB Weld. It had the typical ittybitty notch of most Schmidt Rubins. That would be perfect if I could see it. I can always remove it later to restore it to original condition. The stock has been shortened to a 12.5" LOP, and the barrel is about 25.5".

Now I need to get out to the range. Temperatures are creeping slowly above freezing.

Yep, I need to replace that cracked bolt knob. Anyone have a spare to sell?

What's up with the 640X480 pixel restriction on uploaded images? We used to be able to post much higher resolution images on the forum.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:52 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:57 pm 
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Well, every once in a while I stumble onto a real keeper. I made it to the range over lunch and shot the target below. Not all that impressive perhaps at first glance, as it was 25 yds, not 50 meters. Now for the good part. I shot it using Federal el cheapo whitebox hollowpoints, using a rolled up jacket for a rest, with the sun in my eyes. Oh, and it's a 25 shot group, with not a single flyer, and with all but one shot inside of 3/4".

I'll be keeping this one.

Just think what the rifle could do with premium ammo, a decent rest, and an improved nut behind the trigger!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:04 pm 
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That's a beautiful rifle. Nice shooting!

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That is really cool, where did you find it?

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An absolutely wonderful rifle...Larry

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 12:43 pm 
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From what i have read many of the older Swiss rifles were converted to .22LR for close range use. I'm no expert by any means but have noticed the sights could be just about anything you could imagine. The one here has it's original sights as issued in 7.5 Swiss. The barrel looks to have been relined so well you cannot tell it from the original.
It is a tack driver. Of the "trainers" ( I'm told that was never the case) .22LR rifles I own, these conversions outshine them all.
Sub-MOA is the norm.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:33 pm 
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I can provide the improved nut. Do you need the shipping address?

By the way, that is a nice rifle and it performs quite well. Good find.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 1:50 pm 
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Found the rifle on Gunbroker.com a few weeks ago. It was pretty daggy looking, but it cleaned up nicely. See before and after pics below. The barrel is relined, but you need a magnifying glass to tell. I've not seen one sell for less than $1000, so I jumped on this one when it was around $600. Maybe I paid too much, but I'd just squander it on food and shelter if I didn't buy another .22.

Neolithic1: ummmmmmmm.....no.

Found a replacement bolt knob for $20 from a guy named Frank in the Netherlands. Thank you Swiss Products for the contact info.

You should see the face on the RSO when they spot you with this rifle on the indoor range, and think you're about to touch off a 7.5X55 mm and blow a hole through the backstop.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:24 pm 
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beautiful rifle and i see it lives up to the reputation the big bores have proven


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Great find.

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Well, I found one for my collection. I need to make some photos of it and get it to the range for a test session. I hope to do that soon, but Know it won't happen this weekend.

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A wonderful find.If I could do it all over again,.22 trainers would have been my focus. I have a polish .22 trainer that shoots very well out to 100M with good CCI standard velocity ammo. Again,nice looking rifle....Larry

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Very nice! I'd love to have one myself but the only ones I saw were on Simpsons around $1400. Sad face.


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Beautiful and well thought out design.

I wonder if they converted any of these straightpull rifles to spring piston air rifles?

The large diameter long bolt seems suited to convert to a air cylinder. The straight pull action could be used to half cock the spring on the forwards stroke and the cocking piece ring could then be pulled back to complete the spring compression and cocking.

Theres also a air rifle training version of the mauser which uses the bolt knob to cock the action like a lever.
This action could easily be adapted to the straightpull rifles, and the large bolt knob would make this sort of cocking even easier.

Just a thought.


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