Vetterli snap hook
For the Police force
Canton Of Freiburg
Descriptive and markings
Type weapon : Snap hook Vetterli 1870
Nš weapon : 95
Length of the gun : 1144mm
Length of the barrel : 683mm
Calibre : 10,4mm
Type of cartridges : Annular Percussion
Speed : 430m/s
Capacity magazin : 7 cartridges plus 1
Hausse marked : 100-800 step or 75-800m
Markings on the box of breech
Serial number : 95
Manufacturer Swiss industrial Company + Vetterli System.
Punch of control
On the gun, the barrel and the stick. + Punch of the chief controller S Colonel R Schmidt 1864 to 1874
Conrol punch + punch since 1872. V
Initial J D
Arm used by the police force and prison warders of the canton of Freiburg.
Quantities manufactured : 135 weapons.
Listed quantities : 26 weapons including 2 in Belgium.
Classification and attribution:
These snap hooks received the job numbers from 1 to 135.
They do not carry punches nor of cantonal numbers.
They were allotted under the numbers of manufacture.
The strap is out of brown leather, width 27 to 30 mm
Quadrangular with casing model 1863/1871 but with an internal diameter of casing of 17,7 mm adaptable on the gun.
Overall length 547mm.
Length of the blade 480mm.
Vetterli snap hook
For the body of the Frontier guards
Description and markings of the weapon
Type of weapon
Nš of the weapon
Length of the weapon
Length of the barrel
Speed of the projectile
Capacity of the magazine
Raise to dial graduated of
Snap hook Vetterli 1869/1870
Doubles annular percussion
6 cartridges plus 1 in the trough
225 m to 1000 m
Steps of the stripes
660 mm on the right
Markings on the breech box:
Nš of weapon: 23885
Manufacturer: W v Steiger with Thun
On the barrel, the breech, the rise, the trigger guard and to embouchoir it:
The letter D surmounted by the Swiss cross (In use since1867)
On the barrel:
The letter E surmounted by the Swiss cross. (In use since 1867)
On thundering it of the gun:
Surmounted figure 3 of the Swiss cross.
Punch of the canton of Bern on the barrel in front of the rise.
The handlebar forms part to embouchoir it, and is fixed.
Marks on the barrel: A 77
The weapon is deprived of bayonet.
These snap hooks with repetition were obtained by shortening of repeating rifles model 1869/70 or 1871. Until now, one could find no data on their use in the files. One is not far from supposing that it acted of a weapon intended for the body of the frontier guards. The transport facilities would correspond to this destination of use.
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