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Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:17 pm
by nrobertb
I'll start this section off with my Austrian Steyr carbine, model 1895, caliber 8x56R, straight pull bolt action, 5 round internal magazine that takes an en bloc clip.

This model 1895 long rifle was made by Steyr in Vienna, Austria, probably in 1917, rearsenaled and cut down to carbine length in the 1930’s. Military acceptance marks appear to have been ground off.

The Austrian style sling is a repro.

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:46 pm
by Mid.
Very nice carbine! How's it shoot?

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:12 pm
by nrobertb
The trigger has a long travel and the letoff is hard. I've had mixed results with my handloads. Point of impact changes as the barrel heats up. It is fun to shoot though.

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:13 am
by M67
Beautiful and historical. It survived two world wars and served in at least 4 states!

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:59 pm
by Mid.
nrobertb wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:12 pm
The trigger has a long travel and the letoff is hard. I've had mixed results with my handloads. Point of impact changes as the barrel heats up. It is fun to shoot though.
Does it recoil as hard as people say they do? And how much dispersion do you get when it heats up?

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:33 pm
by nrobertb
I don't shoot old military surplus ammo. Even with my mild handloads it kicks a bit. There is a big recess under the buttplate that I filled with scrap lead to give the rifle a bit more mass. What I typically see is vertical stringing for about 3 inches (at 100 yards) below the first few shots.

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 3:02 pm
by Esu_1985
This rifle confuses me. Chopped long rifles still had their long rear sight leafs correct? I read somewhere that as WWI was getting started, some original carbine length rifles were fitted with banded front sights in order to rush them through production. Might be worth some more research.

Nice rifle btw! I'm working on a long rifle project and my first carbine should be in the mail any day now!

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:43 pm
by nrobertb
I'm pretty sure this one was cut down. The original sling swivel holes have been plugged.

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:00 pm
by Esu_1985
nrobertb wrote:
Wed Jun 07, 2017 7:43 pm
I'm pretty sure this one was cut down. The original sling swivel holes have been plugged.
I guess that the stock could definitely be from a chopped long rifle since its stamped with two serials. I would imagine this happened quite often, as the original stocks were probably beat to hell in the war. The rear sight is just really throwing me off.

Check out this post on Gunboards forum, theres a photo showing an example of a 95 carbine with banded front sight and carbine length rear sights. I still can't find the text explaining why it was like that for certain, as I mentioned above, it was less work to fit the banded front sight to the rifle in order to get it out to the battlefield as soon as possible.

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:59 am
by M67
It has short (carbine, or short rifle) rear sight. I do not think that is made from long rifle!

Re: Steyr M95 straight pull

Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:08 pm
by Nevada Hudson
Glad this forum is back, as the M95 was always one of the best topics on here. Don't mind the recoil, as it makes the gun even more exciting than it already is.