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Wanzl Rifle
Wanzl rifle.jpg
Type Breech-loading Musket
Place of origin Austrian Empire
Service history
In service 1867–1918
Used by Austria
Qing Empire
Wars Herzegovina Uprising (1882)
Boxer Rebellion
Balkan Wars
World War I (Rear Echelon Troops)
Production history
Number built 70,000
Variants Wanzl Infanterie Gewehr M1854/67
Wanzl Infanterie Gewehr M1862/67
Wanzl JagerStutzen M1854/67
Wanzl JagerStutzen M1862/67
Wanzl Extra-Corps Gewehr M1854/67
Wanzl Extra-Corps Gewehr M1862/67
Wanzl WallGewehr M1872
Length 41.4 in (1,050 mm) to 52.6 in (1,340 mm)

Cartridge 14×33R rimfire & centerfire
Action front-hinged trapdoor
Feed system Single-shot

The Wanzl rifle was a breechloading conversion of the M1854 & M1862 Lorenz rifle. The Austro-Hungarian Empire used the Wanzl as their service rifle until they had enough M1867 Werndl-Holub rifles to arm the military.

The rifle was a lifting-block breechloader chambered for the 14×33mm Wanzl rimfire cartridge. The Austrians converted a total of 70,000 Lorenz muskets to Wanzls.

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