Werndl Infantry Rifles and Carbines


Werndl Model 1867 Infantry Rifle
Infanterie- und Jagergewehre M1867

Made by Österreichische Waffenfabriks-Gesellschaft, Steyr, 1867-74
Quantity: 600,000
Rotary-block breech, with an external hammer
Caliber: 11x42mm rimmed
1278mm [50.3"] overall, 4.43kg 9.7 lbs
855mm [33.7"] barrel, 6-groove rifling, RH, concentric
Ramp-and-leaf sight graduated from 200 to 1400 paces
Muzzle velocity 436m/sec with M1867 rifle cartridge

Rifle Photos with red background on this page are courtesy of CollectibleFirearms.com

Accepted at Steyr in 1869

The principal feature of the M1867 was the drum-breech, which, while sturdy and secure, compromised extraction. The rifle had a one piece stock with a straight wrist, a back-action lock and an external hammer. There were two screwed barrel bands and a nose cap; swivels lay under the middle band and butt. A cleaning rod was carried beneath the muzzle. A bayonet lug appeared on the right side of the muzzle. Standard infantry-pattern trigger guards were plain ovals, but a finger spur was substituted for Jager units.


Original M1867 saber (Yataghan style) bayonet. 700mm overall, 572mm blade length. Hard leather grips, hooked quillon. The muzzle ring finial was used as the front sight. Single edged blade, fullered both sides. Scabbards were originally heavily blued. Most bayonets were shortened by approx. 100mm, (see below) so original length bayonets are rare.

Shortened M1867 saber bayonet. 600mm overall, 472mm blade length. Most bayonets were shortened by approx. 100mm

The M1870 bayonet is the similar to the M1867, except the front sight on the muzzle ring was replaced with a screw-lock mounting mechanism. Both original 700mm length and shortened 600mm length shown on the left.

'EN' barrel marking, Ejercito Nacional = National Army, standard Argentinian contract marking of the era

11x42mm Cartridge Data: Full length 60.3mm, Shell length 41.3mm, Bullet length 22.9mm, Bullet weight 20.3g, Cartridge weight 32.63g, Black Powder 4g.


Werndl Model 1867/77 Infantry Rifle
Infanterie- und Jagergewehre M1867/77

Caliber: 11x58mm
From December 25, 1878 most surviving M1867 rifles were adapted to chamber a new M1877 11x58mm long-body cartridge. They were called 'M1867/77'. The trigger guard assembly was modified to the M1873 type, most sights, but not all were modified to 200-2100 paces.
Serials: St70 - 871, Wn72 - 1871, St73 - 73


Werndl Model 1867 Carbine
Karabiner M1867

Made by Österreichische Waffenfabriks-Gesellschaft, Steyr, 1867-74
Quantity: 11,000
Caliber: 11x42mm, rimmed
Rotary-block breech, with an external hammer
Ramp-and-leaf sight graduated 200-600 paces

991mm [39"] overall, 3.18kg [7 lbs]
566mm [22.3"] barrel, 6-groove rifling; RH, concentric
Muzzle velocity 298m/sec with M1867 carbine cartridges
M1867 saber bayonet. 585mm overall, 460mm blade length

Adopted at the same time (1867) as the infantry rifle, this had a nose cap but lacked barrel bands. A knob appeared on the hammer instead of a spur. Werndl carbines chambered a short-case necked 11mm cartridge developing appreciably less power than the rifle pattern.
The Extra-Corps Gewehr was also manufactured with a barrel band, and some were made without bayonet lugs. A few Justiz-Stutzen (Police Carbine) were manufactured with a simpler nose cap.
Serials: St.84 7957E


Werndl Model 1867/77 Carbine
Karabiner M1867/77

Caliber: 11x58mm
From December 25, 1878 most surviving M1867 carbines were adapted to chamber a new M1877 11x58mm long-body cartridge. They were called 'M1867/77'. The trigger guard assembly was modified to the M1873 type, most sights, but not all were modified to 200-1600 paces.


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