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Dutch Semiauto Conversion

An example of an early semiauto conversion of a Steyr-manufacture Dutch Mannlicher turnbolt rifle. The housing for the clip has been opened up to fit a magazine, and a pistol grip has been rather crudely added.


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4 comments to Dutch Semiauto Conversion

  • Kyle Smith

    I believe that is a Model 1888 Mannlicher. Interesting weapon (I miss mine)! Does not feature a rotating bolt like the M1895, rather as you press the bolt home a flap (located towards the rear of the bolt) drops down and engaes a slot in the receiver.
    Not the strongest mechanism from what I’ve heard, altho that may have more to do with the metals involved in it’s production. The original was also chambered in 8x50r Mannlicher (not to be confused with 8x50r Lebel) I wonder if that conversion had been bored out to the more powerful 8x56r? Anyway, that thing doesn’t look like something I would be to excited to pull the trigger on!

  • Cody Cromarty

    Feels like some post-apocalyptic modification with that pistol grip. Did they take the “broomhandle” name literally?

  • Bob Lamoreaux

    This appears to be a Snabb (sometimes called the Snabb38) conversion. This was attempted on the M1917 “Enfield” but was not very successful. there is more info on the Web about this conversion, should anyone care.

  • Bas Martens

    Sorry guys, this has nothing to do with The Netherlands. The rifle is not a Dutch M1895 Mannlicher, but appears to be an Austrian M1888/90 (look at the side panels on the rear sight, aded for the new 8x50R cartridge. Very interesting rifle, though.

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