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Pistole 80, is that you?

Over the past 40 years, the Austrian Army has used the same 9mm handgun. Adopted as the Pistole 80, Gaston Glock’s first firearm, a polymer-framed double stack that held 17+1 rounds at the ready, there has been no reason for the Bundesheer to replace it.

The Pistole 80 went on to morph gently into the 1st Generation Glock 17, which was first imported to the U.S. in 1986 but was short-lived on the commercial market, being replaced by the 2nd Gen G17 only two years later.

Well, Glock and Lipsey’s have teamed up to sell a commemorative Pistole 80– previously unobtainable outside of Austria– and I have to admit, it is very 1980s.

Features include:
-Gen 1 Single Pin Style Frame
-Pebble Grip Texture
-P80 Markings
-Smooth Trigger
-Polymer Front & Rear Sights
-No Front Serrations
-Flat Extractor
-“Tupperware” Peel Top Box
-Collectible Packaging
-Certificate of Authenticity

Now that is Tyrolean

The great combined Austro-Hungarian Army of Emperor Franz Josef– as well as its two national reserve forces, the Royal Hungarian HonvĂ©d and Imperial Austrian Landwehr–fielded the enbloc clip-fed Mannlicher M1895 rifle for the last few decades of its existence.

Chambered in 8x50mmR, some 3.5 million(ish) of these were made by FEG in Hungary and Steyr in Austria as well as by CZ/Brno (the latter just starting in 1918.)

The straight-pull bolt action typically used a 30-inch barrel to produce a very hefty 50-inch rifle.

Thus. Also, great overshoes.

However, one of the rarer variants, sniper rifles which used telescopic sights made by Reichert, Kahles, Suss, Fuess, and Oigee, saw much lower production numbers, with just 13,000 made. Luckily Austria was home to the lion-share of optics makers at the time!

An even rarer subset of these was the M95 sniper carbine. Yes, sniper carbine.

And, as the Italians took most of these for war reparations in 1919-20, which Rome subsequently scrapped, they are one of the rarest of all sniper breeds.

A WWI-era Steyr M95 sniper rifle with a 20-inch barrel and a three post-C. Reichert Wein-marked 3x optic. It carries a “Wn-18” acceptance mark. (Photos: RIA)

The optic uses a three-post European style reticle and a very…peculiar mount.

My homie Ian has details on such a rifle, below.