Original Italian Vetterli-Vitali M1870/87 Infantry Rifle made in Torre Annunziata, Italy Serial VV 5931 – dated 1883 in Excellent Condition
The M1870 Vetterli was the Italian service rifle from 1870-1887. The M1870 was a single-shot bolt action rifle chambered for the 10.4mm Vetterli centrefire cartridge, at first loaded with black powder and later with smokeless powder. The M1870 was based upon the M1869 Swiss Vetterli but simplified for economy. Starting in 1887, all model 1870s were updated to the M1870/87 Italian Vetterli-Vitali variant, which has a 4 round magazine. Many were later converted to work with 6.5mm ammunition after 1915, so unconverted examples like this are hard to find.
This example bears serial number VV 5931 on the barrel nocks form and stock, and is offered in very good condition. It is marked Torre Annunziata over an 1883 date on the barrel, indicating manufacture in Torre Annunziata, a major gun making region of Italy. The stock is solid, and really is in great shape, with a great color and minimal wear. Mechanically in very good condition
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