Italian Vetterli-Vitali M1870-87

This rifle from the reference collection is a Italian Vetterli-Vitali M 1870-87. It was made in 1880 as stamped on the left side of the barrel. It is a magazine conversion of the M1870 single shot rifle. This conversion consisted of a metal shroud around the magazine housing, removing the dust cover and installing a knurled knob on the bolt to close of the magazine to allow single shot firing. There were a few other changes. For furtherinformation on this and other Vetterli rifles check out this very interesting book by Robert Wilsey.

crop-sYou can find it here.

Now on to the pictures

DSC_1830csA close up of the receiver.




DSC_1845csThe M90 rear sight .

DSC_1844csThe stock markings.

DSC_1839csBayonet lug on the side of the barrel.


DSC_1847sA view of the rear locking lugs

DSC_1854csA look at the magazine follower and the face of the bolt.



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