Original Imperial Russian Model 1867 Krnka Conversion Infantry Rifle dated 1864 / 1870 - No.20913
Original Item: Only One Available.These are so very rare! Developed by the CZECH Gun Designer SYLVESTER KRNKA in 1867, these conversions of the Russian 1857 Line Percussion Rifle were Officially adopted by the Imperial Army in 1869. The conversions from the Percussion ignition system to this breech Loading rifle were all carried out at the great Imperial arsenals, and this one was completed at Izhevsk. The arsenal's "Arrow" logo appears just above the breech on the barrel, as well as on the trigger guard.
Our example has its original lock plate markings with manufacturer and date:
This most likely indicates manufacture at Tula Arms Factory (Тульский Оружейный Завод), a Russian weapons manufacturer founded by Tsar Peter I of Russia in 1712, which still exists today, having supplied weapons during every major Russian conflict for 300 years. The barrel is dated with the conversion date of 1870. The new breech loading action is all of brass and bears many stamps and numbers, including matching number 20913. The barrel bands and other metal components are also marked. There is a Russian double headed eagle proof on the top of the butt plate, and also one on the side of the breech.
Condition of the rifle is good, with metalwork in solid condition, with a nice patina. The stock is solid, though it does have some past repairs and splits. There is a large repair over the lock plate. Bore shows lands and grooves, but unfortunately also has surface rust on a good portion. The breech, lock, and sight all function correctly, though the chamber has been sleeved down, probably for 11mm berdan ammunition. The rest of the barrel was left in the original 15mm.
The KRNKA was a contemporary of the British SNIDER ENFIELD and the French TABATIERE. Both of which are far more common. This is only the THIRD KRNKA IMA director Christian Cranmer has had, the first when he was 24 in London in 1969, which was unfortunately sold before the true value was realized.
The Rifle is in really nice cleaned condition ready to display.
Years of Manufacture: 1864 - converted 1870
Caliber: 15.24x40mmR - chamber sleeved for 11mm Berdan.
Ammunition Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 36 inches
Overall Length: 53 inches
Action: Side Action
Feed System: Single Shot
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