Vetterli Rifle

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Vetterli rifle is a system designed by a Swiss riflemaker Johann-Friedrich Vetterli. Vetterli rifles served in Swiss army from 1869 to 1890 (M1869/70, M1871, M1878, M1881 versions, both rifles and carbines). Italian army also adopted this rifle as M1870 (single-shot version, in 10,35x47mm R) and later put on service a modified version Vetterli-Vitali equipped with a four-round box magazine (M1870/87 in 10,35x47mm R and M1870/87/15, converted to 6.5x52mm). During World War I a party of Vetterli-Vitali rifles were purchased by Russia. The Vetterli Rifle was gradually replaced by the Schmidt-Rubin Rifle as the standard service rifle for the Swiss Army in the 1890s.

Vetterli rifles can be identified by the unique shape of its trigger guard.

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Specifications

Vetterli Model 1869/70 - 10.4mm
Vetterli Model 1878 - 10,35x47mm R
Vetterli Model 1870/87/15 - 6.5x52mm

Repetiergewehr Vetterli, Modell 1869/70

Type: Rifle

Caliber: 10.4 mmR Swiss

Weight: 4.6 kg (10.1 lb)

Length: 1.3 m (51.18 in)

Barrel length: 842 mm (33.14 in)

Capacity: 11-round tubular magazine


Vetterli Rifle was used by the following actors in the following movies and television series and was seen in the following video games, and anime:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Finances of the Grand Duke (Die Finanzen des Großherzogs) A conspirator 1924
The Death Ray (Luch smerti) M1870/87, seen on the ground 1925
Frontier (Aerograd) A sectant Rifle of unclear model, possibly Vetterli-Vitali M1870/87 1935
Boris Dobronravov Aniky Shabanov Converted shotgun
Is Paris Burning? Roland Armontel An elderly French Resistance fighter Swiss M69/70 rifle 1966
The Last Hunt (Poslednyaya okhota) Afanasiy Trishkin Schulz Sporterized M69/70 1980
Do Not Set Traps for Leshiy... (Ne stavte Leshemu kapkany...) A bandit Vetterli-Vitali M1870/87 1981
The Winter Hut on the Studyonaya (Zimovye na Studyonoy) Dmitri Nalivaichuk Liodor Converted shotgun 1986
Yuriy Dubrovin Mikhey Zotych
Serenity Weston Nathanson A bank clerk Swiss Carbine M69/70 2005

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson Nikolai Kryukov Colonel Sebastian Moran Sporterized rifle based on Vetterli system 1979-1986
Vitaly Solomin Dr. Watson
Boryslav Brondukov Inspector Lestrade

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Battlefield 1 M1870/87 and M1870 Carbine. Introduced in "In the Name of the Tsar" DLC (2017) 2016

Anime

Title Character Note Date
The Empire of Corpses Nikolai Krasotkin, Ulysses Simpson Grant 2015





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