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Quantity in Stock:48
Product Code: MANN0001

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M.95 Steyr Mannlicher Rifle Cal. 8x50R - FFL or C&R only, no antiques available.

The M.95 rifles are in fair to good condition. May have some small cracks, missing rear sight components, etc. but are functional. All are original and use the 8x50R ammunition.

These guns come straight out of Ethiopia and are in fair to good condition. We do have Budapest and Steyr arsenals available. A specific manufacturer can be chosen by the customer. If there is no preference, the option does not have to be selected and a rifle will be picked for the standard price.

The stocks might have some minor dents or small cracks. These guns are true authentic pieces of history and should not be missing in any WW1 and Austro-Hungarian firearms collection. We do not check the bores, unless a hand select fee is paid. Bores range from poor to good. Please remember that these guns are 130 years old and back then there were no "non Corrosive" primers available.


The Mannlicher M1895 (German: Infanterie Repetier-Gewehr M.95, Hungarian: Gyalogsági Ismétlő Puska M95; "Infantry Repeating-Rifle M95") is a straight pull bolt-action rifle, designed by Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher that used a refined version of his revolutionary straight-pull action bolt, much like the Mannlicher M1890 carbine. It was nicknamed the Ruck-Zuck-Gewehr by Austrian troops (ruck-zuck spoken as "roock-tsoock", in common language meaning "fast as a flash", at the same time echoing the repeating sound) and "Ta-Pum" by Italian troops who even wrote a song about it during World War I.

Originally they were chambered for the round-nosed 8×50mmR cartridge, but almost all were rechambered to accept the more powerful spitzer 8×56mmR cartridge in the 1930s. These rifles however were not converted and use the original 8x50 ammunition.

Method of Operation

The M1895 is unusual in employing a straight-pull bolt action, as opposed to the more common rotating bolt-handle of other rifles. It combines a two lug rotating bolt head, similar in construction to that found on a Mauser rifle with a pair of helical grooves cut in the bolt body to turn the back and forth movement of the bolt handle and body into the rotational movement of the bolt head. The extractor performs both the usual function, and also has a tail attached which interfaces with slots on the cam surfaces of the bolt head to prevent the bolt head from rotating as a result of the striker's spring pressure once it has been unlocked.[5]

The angle of the cam surfaces in the bolt and bolt body is different from the angle at which the locking recesses are cut in the receiver of the rifle, the result is that the first 20 mm of travel of the bolt body results in the rotation of the bolt head but only about 3 mm of rearward movement, this gives mechanical advantage to the system and accomplishes primary extraction.

The result of this is that the user can pull the bolt back and forth in two movements rather than the up-back-forward-down of conventional turn bolt rifles. It is consequently renowned for combining relatively high rate of fire (around 20–25 rounds per minute) with reliability and sturdiness, although this requires decent care and maintenance. During Austro-Hungarian trials in 1892, rifles survived torture testing of firing 50,000 rounds without any form of lubrication.[6]

The rifle is loaded by means of a five-round en-bloc clip, which when loaded with cartridges, is pressed into the magazine of the rifle, where it is retained and acts at the feed lips of the magazine. When the last of the five rounds has been chambered, there is no longer anything retaining the clip in the magazine and it falls out a port in the bottom due to gravity. [1] There is a button in the front of the trigger guard which allows the user to eject a partially or fully loaded clip from the magazine when the bolt is open to unload the weapon. The clip will be ejected from the weapon quite energetically as the full force of the follower spring will be pressing against it.

The rifle is not designed to be loaded by any other means but the en-bloc clip. Attempts to single feed the rifle in absence of proper clips may cause damage to the extractor as it is not designed with enough travel to overcome the large rims of the 8x50mmR and 8x56mmR cartridges used in the M1895 unless they are fed under the extractor from the clip.


It was initially adopted and employed by the Austro-Hungarian Army throughout World War I, and retained post-war by both the Austrian and Hungarian armies. The main foreign user was Bulgaria, which, starting in 1903, acquired large numbers and continued using them throughout both Balkan and World Wars. After Austria-Hungary's defeat in World War I, many were given to other Balkan states as war reparations. A number of these rifles also saw use in World War II, particularly by second line, reservist, and partisan units in Romania, Yugoslavia, Italy, and to lesser degree, Germany. Post war many were sold as cheap surplus, with some finding their way to the hands of African guerrillas in the 1970s[citation needed] and many more being exported to the United States as sporting and collectible firearms. The M1895 bolt also served as an almost exact template for the ill-fated Canadian M1905 Ross rifle, though the later M1910 used a complicated interrupted-thread instead of two solid lugs.

Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 11 Write a review »

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2 of 5 M95 mannlciher December 21, 2022
Reviewer: A collector from IL  
Over priced by $50-100 easily. Not as rusty or pitted cosmetically except the bore was a complete sewer pipe. Came in missing front barrel band cross screw, adjustment slide for rear sight, and missing rear barrel band sling swivel. A wall hanger and a poor one at that.

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5 of 5 Pleased with my M95 rifle purchase December 18, 2022
Reviewer: Robert from West Michigan  
Externally my rifle was in better condition than expected.  The stock is worn from handling over many years, but no cracks anywhere.   Unfortunately no Ethiopian character (cartouches, etc).   Missing the front sling loop & rear sight slider.  The metal is worn but there was actually some bluing left.  Inside was a lot of crusty, dried grease; at least someone had attempted to preserve the rifle before it was stored!  Mechanically it's in good working order once cleaned, although I had to replace the sear spring.  Barrel condition wasn't great; definite erosion but visible rifling remaining.   Overall the rifle's cleaned up well.  Although there's pitting in the barrel I the remaining rifling to still stabilize bullets; the PPU .330 jacketed bullets engage the rifling.  Overall I'm happy with my purchase and am returning to buy a carbine.   A cleanup tip: get some .338 bronze bore brushes, they work much better than standard 8mm.

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5 of 5 Great example of a M.95 May 26, 2022
Reviewer: Michael from NEPA  
The rifle I received was in great condition for how old it is (1915) While it didn't have much finish left the stock was is great shape as is the barrel. Very pleased with the rifle I received.

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5 of 5 M95 May 23, 2022
Reviewer: dan from south carolina  
Rifle came in complete condition and, save a slight stock crack in the tang area, was in excellent condition.  Unfortunately it was heavily wire-wheeled that was expected

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4 of 5 Good M95 May 1, 2022
Reviewer: Kevin R from Pa  
The bore cleaned up very well, no pitting and should shine after I complete my usual procedure. Rifling is strong. There is a single crack in the stock, but near the front and not likely to cause any issues. The action is slick and every part I checked is matching. There is almost no blue remaining. The only real issue is the lack of the sight slider. Overall, I am happy with this purchase. For the age and price, the condition is more than acceptable to me.
Have your rifle chamber cast before firing. I fired an 8x50 in this rifle only to find it is an 8x56. I don’t fault RTI for this as the chamber was not marked to be 8x56.

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