Mannlicher ExportModell Rifles
Mannlicher Repeating Rifle Model 1904 Contract
7.9mm Mannlicher Exportmodell Repetier-Gewehr Mod. 1904
Made by Österreichische Waffenfabriks-Gesellschaft, Steyr, 1904-14.
Caliber: 8x57mm (German M1888) and optional others
Integral clip-loaded magazine, 5 rounds
Turning-bolt action, locked by rotating lugs on the detachable bolt head into the receiver
1232mm [48.5"] overall, 3.95kg [8.8 lbs]
728mm [28.7"] barrel, 4-groove rifling, RH, concentric
Leaf sight graduated to 250-2000 meters
Muzzle velocity 685 m/sec with 7.9mm (M1888) ball ammunition
Knife Bayonet with 260mm blade
This was a large-caliber version of the series that had included the Romanian and Dutch Mannlichers. It had a straight-grip stock, and a handguard ran from
the receiver ring to the barrel band. The magazine case resembled that of the Gew.88, but the barrel jacket of the German gun was absent; a bayonet lug was
on the right side of the nose cap.
Undelivered rifles were sequestered by the Austro-Hungarian Army at the start of WW1.
A typical sales ad from a 1911 Alfa Catalog:
Irish Mannlicher M1904 Repeating Rifle
Also referred to as the 7.9mm Repetiergewehr M.93/13
Caliber 7.92x57mm, used a Gew.88 type clip. 12,000 rifles were sold to the Irish Ulster Volunteer Force (Protestant Militia).
These 1912 Irish Contract rifles look very close to the M93 Romanian Mannlicher, but these rifles were produced with left over
parts from the M1892 Romanian Mannlicher. The magazine box lacks the reinforcing ribs found on the M1893.
The rifles were issued with M1893 type Romanian bayonets with serials not matching the rifles. Most rifles and bayonets were stamped with 'UVF' and the
crest 'For God and Ulster'. Blade 255mm, overall 380mm long. Muzzle ring dia 14.5mm. May have the Romanian Phoenix symbol on the pommel
The left side of reciever marked as Steyr 1904. The bolt is stamped with a tiny Romanian Phoenix. 5-digit serial numbers. The rear
sight is similar to the M95 Austrian rifle, graduated to 1800 schritt.