Steyr-Mannlicher M1895 Rifle
|Country of Origin||Austria|
|Barrel Length||765.000 mm|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseThe Steyr-Mannlicher M1895 rifles were designed by Ferdinand von Mannlicher of Austria-Hungary. These bolt-action rifles, straight-pull, had a high rate of fire for rifles of their day. As the standard rifles of the Austro-Hungarian Empire Army, 3,000,000 were built between 1895 and 1918. M1895 rifles were also popular abroad. Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Turkey all obtained rifles of this design in various quantities before and after WW1; among them, Bulgaria was the largest foreign user of M1895 rifles. The Austrian and Hungarian forces after WW1 kept them in use as standard rifles.
During WW2, a large number of them remained in use. The Netherlands, financially weak in the 1930s, kept these obsolete rifles in active service; designated Dutch Mannlicher M.95, they were outgunned by the more modern German weapons as the invaders crossed into the country's borders. During the war, Romanians, Yugoslavians, Italians, and other German-aligned forces used them in rear areas, while some M1895 rifles fell in the hands of anti-German partisan forces all cross Europe.
After the war, many Steyr-Mannlicher M1895 rifles remained in use by police forces in various countries; many were also sold to the civilian market.
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