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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 6462

Question:

I am researching the date of manufacture and estimated worth of a rifle owned by my mother-in-law. She believes it was used by her great grandfather in the Spanish American War (she is 60 year of age). It is a bolt-action rifle in good condition (shows average wear). The markings on the rifle are "Soc. Ind. Suisse Syst. Vetterlin" The serial number is 42425. It appears to have once been equipped with a bayonett, but if so the bayonett is missing. I noted 2 previous questions on this brand. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Best regards, Chris Edmondson ceedmondson@yahoo.com

Answer:

Your rifle was made by the Swiss company Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellschaft founded in Neuhausen am Reinfalls in 1853. The companies first guns were single-shot cap-lock muzzle loaders, soon followed by bolt action Vetterli M1869 rifles for the Swiss Federal Army. Production of the 1869 pattern Vetterli totaled nearly 60,000.

Submitted By: Chris Edmondson On: 5/12/2004 6:14:18 PM

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