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    Steyr M95 carbine

    I have a Steyr M95 carbine that appears to have some unusual features. It is a 1915 model with no import marks. It is still in the original 8x50 configuration. Things that seem unusual are the long rifle sights, both side and bottom sling swivels. Plugged hole in the stock that lines up with the rear barrel band of the long rifle version. This appears to be a long rifle that was cut down. Can anyone shed some light on this rifle. My other Steyr M95 appears to have been made as a carbine as it is a text book cavalry carbine according to several websites. The rifle in question is the bottom rifle in the photos.

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    Grandmaster DoggyDaddy's Avatar

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    I would tend to agree with your assessment. Looks like a long rifle conversion to the carbine configuration.

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    The M95 was originally adopted in 3 basic versions; rifle, short rifle, and carbine. The rifle intended for infantry, the short rifle for support troops like engineers, etc., and the carbine for cavalry.

    There are a still larger number of variations beyond that with different sling swivel arrangements, stacking pins, and other things. Numerous enough that it all becomes confusing.

    Adding to all of that, they were rebuilt post-WWI with a mixture of parts and some rifles cut down to make short rifles, or carbines, and even carbines rebuilt into short rifles!

    To give you an idea how confusing it all gets, there are different designations for short rifle, carbine, carbine-short rifle, and short rifle-carbine. (Repetierstutzen, Repetierkarabiner, Repetier-Karabinerstutzen, and Repetier-Stutzenkarabiner.) There are also things like Repetierkarabine mit oberem Stutzenring or Repetier-Karabinerstutzen mit Verschlussvariante and more!

    I don't think I understand the variations well enough, but I can tell you that according to this web site, the principal difference between the carbine and the short rifle is that the carbine only has sling swivels on the side, and the short rifle has sling swivels on both the side and the bottom. That would seem to indicate that your bottom example is some variation of a short rifle configuration. I would agree that it began life as a rifle, but was subsequently modified.
    Mannlicher M95 Austro-Hungary Infantry Rifle and Carbine

    If I understand it all correctly, and I'm not sure I do, your bottom example is a Repetier-Karabinerstutzen and your middle example is a Repetierkarabine mit Stutzenring.
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    Kind of a Weirdo Wolfhound's Avatar

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    OP, three very nice rifles you have there. Good stuff

    I find it amusing (and kinda cool) that the two contributors to this thread have both sold me an M95 within the past 5 years or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfhound View Post
    OP, three very nice rifles you have there. Good stuff

    I find it amusing (and kinda cool) that the two contributors to this thread have both sold me an M95 within the past 5 years or so.
    LOL!

    I have ended up getting another one since then, too cool of a gun and too much history all wrapped up in one. Ironically, my trip to Europe that caused me to sell the guns I did really stoked my interest in the First World War, which has led me to find other examples of most of the things I sold to pay for the trip.

    I found it at an auction in Pendleton for $200. I wish I would have had more money at that one, a Polish Radom pistol went for $300 at the same auction after I had already spent what I had on the M95!




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    They are cool guns! I just needed more room in the safe and I only had the two (long rifle and carbine) in that caliber, so really that's about all I based my decision on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob63 View Post
    Is that a young Woody Harrelson in a WWI movie?
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    Kind of a Weirdo Wolfhound's Avatar

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    They are neat rifles. I still have the two you guys sold me plus another. I will have to try and post a picture sometime soon. I really like the straight bolt and it's a fairly unusual caliber which is interesting.

    Rob63 that M95 long rifle you bought was a steal at that price. Excellent find!
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    I have a carbine in 8x56r.
    Still have some of the original nazi stamped ammo in clips.
    It's a hard kickin' little carbine and a fireball comes out the muzzle.

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