SOLD FOR: $1,226.00
Make: Österreichische Waffenfabriks-Gesellschaft (OE / WG) Steyr of Austria
Model: Model 1890 Mannlicher Rifle
Serial Number: 8093 B
Year of Manufacture: 1891. Date stamp on the barrel.
Caliber: 8x50R (8x50mm Rimmed)
Action Type: Straight Pull Bolt Action, Clip Fed Fixed Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “OE / WG” for Steyr. The top of the barrel shank is marked “Wn eagle 91”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with the serial number. The top of the barrel shank & top of the receiver each have small “lines” that meet. The bottom metal is marked “K”, a Steyr mark and “L”. The rear of the safety is marked “K”. The rear of the bolt handle is marked “L”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “A” and with partial stampings. The belly of the stock is marked “4”. The bottom of the grip is marked with faded stampings.
Barrel Length: Approximately 30 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post atop a small barrel mounted base. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade when down. The rear of the sight riser is pinched together and the sight is raised to address targets at farther distances. The left side of the rear sight base is marked “5 6 12 18” for use with the main riser. The right is marked “5 24 30” for use with the volley sights. The top edges of the rear sight base are marked from “6 -30” in increments of 2. The markings on the top left are for the main riser. The markings on the top right are for the pull out “V” notched riser extension (rear volley sight); see photos.
The front volley sight is on the right side of the barrel band.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, nose cap with stacking rod, 2 barrel bands (1 with a front sight for riser extension), two sling loops and a metal buttplate. The buttplate & stock hardware show small scratches & discoloration from oxidation. The stock shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many have damaged portions of wood. These marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as an antique.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The grooves are dark and the rifling is deep. There is erosion present, mostly in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 30% of its metal finish. The barrel & sights have lost their finish to oxidation. They show scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The receiver & magazine shows scrapes & scratches as well as some light discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads show moderate use as well as oxidation. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition as an antique.
Mechanics: The action functions. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This Steyr Model 1890 was made back in 1891. It is still in nice shape for a 128 year old Military Rifle. This one has great markings on the metal and deep grooves in the bore. It will add to your Military or Mannlicher collection. For more on the Austrian Model 18890 Rifles see pages 30 & 31 of Joe Puleo’s book, Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is an antique and can be sold in California.