The swinging-block action Aydt system was designed by German gunsmith Carl Wilhelm Aydt (1847-1923) and patented in 1885. Aydt target rifles and pistols (known under German terms Schuetzen and Scheibenbüchse) were produced until 1939 by C.G. Haenel Waffenfabrik, F.W. Heym Gewehr-Fabrik, August Schüler and other manufacturers. Most popular chambering for these guns was 8.15x46R. Together with Martini system, Aydt system was most widely used in German target rifles of late 19th-early 20th century.
Main production versions of Aydt system were Original-Aydt of Haenel production, and Aydt-Reform and Aydt-Ideal versions, produced by Schüler. Unlike original Aydt, Schüler models had an internal extractor and some other minor improvements.
The Aydt Rifle and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Trail of the Falcon (Spur des Falken)||US Cavalymen, Dacota warriors||1968|
|White Wolves (Weisse Wölfe)||US Cavalymen, Cheyenne warriors, bandits||1969|
|Blood Brothers (Blutsbrüder)||US Cavalrymen, Cheyennes warriors||1975|
|The Scout (Der Scout)||Nez Perces warriors||1983|