Greek Mannlicher-Schoenauer Model 1903/14 Infantry Rifle chambered in 6.5 X 54mm.
20 rounds box of ammo from Old Western Scrounger included.
$575 or best offer. I've done a lot of research on this gun, while Military rifles bring less than the Sport models, this is a very rare gun.
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The 1903 MS was sold to a single military customer, the Greek Army, by Osterreichische Waffenfabrikgesellschaft (the Austrian Arms-Manufacturing Company). It has doubled in years past up to the present as a big-game sporting rifle, indeed, its reputation has been made famous by big-game African hunters such as author Ernest Hemingway. But its commercial viability fell short of expectations.
Produced in Austria-Hungary at the outset of the 20th century, this turn bolt, rotating action rifle harkens back to the Mauser design rather than the straight-pull bolt mechanism typical of some Mannlichers. The 1903 MS action was designed by Austria's Ferdinand Mannlicher with Otto Schonauer contributing its rotary magazine. About a third of a million 1903s were built at the company that bears the name Steyr Mannlicher.
The 1903 MS military service rifle saw service from 1903 to 1941. It weighs nearly 8 1/2 pounds and measures 48 1/4 inches overall with a barrel length slightly more than 28 1/2 inches. What sets this weapon apart from others of its day is its rotating or revolving spool magazine. The 1903 Mannlicher-Schonauer in 6.5x54mmMS was a formidable military weapon that can accommodate more powerful cartridges like .30-06.
Today's civilian rifle is chambered in many calibers, but not the 6.5x54mmMS.
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