|Place of origin||Austria-Hungary|
Argentina (limited use)
|Wars||Herzegovina uprising (1882)
World War I (limited)
|Designer||Josef Werndl and Karel Holub|
|Number built||500,000 (approx.)|
|Weight||9.65 lb (4.4 kg)|
|Length||50.4 in (128.0 cm)|
|Barrel length||33.3 in (84.6 cm)|
11×58mmR (1877 Upgrade)
|Action||Rotating drum bolt|
|Feed system||Single-shot breech-loading|
The M1867 Werndl–Holub was a single-shot breechloading rifle that the Austro-Hungarian army adopted in 1867. It replaced the Wanzl breechloader conversion of the muzzle-loading Lorenz rifle. Josef Werndl (1831–1889) and Karel Holub (1830–1903) designed and patented their design; Werndl later bought out all the rights.
ŒWG (Österreichische Waffenfabriksgesellschaft) produced the Werndl and chambered it for the 11mm scharfe Patrone M.67 (11.15×42R) cartridge. In 1877 the military rechambered the Werndl for the bottleneck 11mm scharfe Patrone M.77 (11.15×58mmR) cartridge.
In spite of the Werndl being long obsolete by World War I, the Austro-Hungarian forces issued Werndl rifles to rear-echelon units to free up more modern rifles for use by front-line troops.
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