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Spanish Snider "La Azpeitiana" Short Rifle
GENERALLY: A Spanish single shot breechloading rifle, The "Azpeitiana" rifle was manufactured during the Carlist Wars, by one of the feuding factions. Two digits serial # 39 may indicate that only few guns of this type were ever produced. The rifle utilizes modified a Snider hinged block action. Steel receiver. Adjustable rear sights. Sabre bayonet lug on the right side of the muzzle. Walter describes this model as, "Version Zouavos". A veteran of the Carlist Wars. Overall length: 50.5 inch.
PHOTOS: The rifle shown is a Spanish Snider "La Azpeitiana" two band Short Rifle.
DISTINGUISHING CHARECTERISTICS: A "Snider" type action chambered in the later .43 Spanish cartridge, the breech block is considerably longer than the common .577 cal British Snider-Enfield or the 17mm Dutch Snider. The knoxform is marked: "La Azpeitiana".
Following four photos courtesy of Kristopher Gassior, Collectible Firearms
Above four photos courtesy of Kristopher Gassior, Collectible Firearms
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