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The Steyr-Mannlicher SM 12
02 Nov 2017

STEYR MANNLICHER SM12 Halfstock Standard
STEYR MANNLICHER SM12 Halfstock Standard

STEYR MANNLICHER SM12 Fullstock
STEYR MANNLICHER SM12 Fullstock

STEYR MANNLICHER Fish-scale Checkering
STEYR MANNLICHER Fish-scale Checkering

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Steyr-Mannlicher is a firearms company with a proud history and a reputation for manufacturing very desirable high-quality top-end firearms.

The origins of the current company began 1869 with the formation of the Austrian Arms Mfg. Co., for which the brilliant firearms designer, Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher, worked until his death in 1904. Mannlicher was a prolific firearms designer and is probably best known for his “en bloc clip,” as well as the Model 1895 straight-pull rifle that was used by many European countries in both World War I and World War II, with approximately three million being manufactured.

Also employed at the Steyr works was Otto Schoenauer, another firearms designer who perfected the rotary spool magazine that was used in the legendary Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle that enjoyed much reknown as the rifle of choice for numerous famous hunters in the golden age of African big game hunting. This design was also later copied by Savage and incorporated in the Model 99 lever-action rifle.

Numerous excellent designs have been produced over the past 150 years by the Austrian firearms experts in the city of Steyr, and the latest models of Steyr-Mannlicher rifles continue to do the brand justice with their excellent design and finish.

The current Steyr-Mannlicher SM 12 is a very conventional bolt-action sporting rifle compared to some of the unique and unusual rifles offered by Blaser, Merkel, Sauer, Krieghoff, Anschutz and Heym. Whilst it isn’t a K98 Mauser-type clone, the Steyr does have 180-degree opposed locking lugs at the head of the bolt that require a 90-degree bolt rotation. Also Mauser-like is the fact that its locking lugs engage abutments in the receiver ring rather than the barrel, and there is no barrel/caliber interchangeability. Thus it can be considered a more traditional rifle for the shooter who values these characteristics in a hunting rifle.

In terms of styling, the Steyr-Mannlicher SM 12 is unashamedly Teutonic, and the spoon-shaped bolt pays tribute to the Mannlicher heritage. In keeping with its European styling, the stock has a very subtle but nonetheless drooping buttstock instead of a straight comb or a Monte Carlo profile, a Bavarian-style cheekpiece, and a slender forend that differentiates it from the rifle styles offered by manufacturers on other continents. Instead of conventional checkering, the grip and forend panels are finished in a fish-scale pattern and a rosewood forend tip with a schnabel profile and rubbed oil finish to the fine walnut wood completes the stock cosmetics. Both half and full stock models are available.

The calibers offered for the Steyr-Mannlicher SM 12 are a combination of classic American and European chamberings that will satisfy the needs of the vast majority of hunters and include .243 Win., .308 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., 7x64, .270 Win., .30-06 Spr., .25-06 Rem., 6,5x55 SE, 8x57 JS and 9,3x62.

Steyr-Mannlicher's products have never been aimed at the mass market. Once a Steyr-Mannlicher is held in the hand and closer inspection is done, it is clear where the appeal lies and why the product will always command a premium. In short, it is a firearm for the connoisseur who insists on owning an heirloom quality rifle that will deliver flawless functionality and aesthetic appeal and will also invite compliments from everyone who sees it.

The full series of Steyr-Mannlicher SM 12 rifles are obtainable from Sons of Guns in Parys. Jan Lubbe can be contacted for specific model pricing on 082 421 1122.

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