Antique 4MM German Zimmerstutzen Parlor Rifle
Offered herein is a very fine and scarce, original
antique parlor rifle made by Georg Lechner of
Nuremberg, Germany. The “Zimmerstutzen”
or parlor target rifle is a product of the society of the 19th century, when shooting was at its zenith the world over, and shooting champions
were the superstars of the day. It was developed in parallel with the centerfire Schutzen rifle, but unlike those early black powder cartridge rifles,
which evolved from earlier target muzzleloaders, the Zimmerstutzen was not an outgrowth of anything. It came into being suddenly, in the period immediately
following the invention of the rimfire cartridge. Perhaps it is not incorrect to suggest that the popular rimfire Flobert parlor guns had an influence on the Zimmerstutzen; but where the Floberts
tended toward the amusement trade, Zimmers remained rigidly within the sport of precision offhand target shooting. Flobert guns have much more in
common with .22 rimfires, although to confuse the situation there are some low-grade Zimmerstutzens based on Flobert actions. But the mainstream Zimmerstutzen rifles laid the groundwork for the precision 10-meter target airguns we enjoy today.
The usual explanation for the creation of these super-accurate rifles is that they were developed as off-season trainers for big-bore Schutzen shooters. Because they are specifically designed for shooting indoors, the caliber range is very small -- nominally 4mm. They were loaded through an aperature just about 6 inches from the end of the muzzle – with the actual barrel only that long.
We have had only a handful of these scarce target rifles over our almost 40 year period in business with only one other known Georg Lechner example. Lechner did make a variety of firearms, including target rifles/scheutzen rifles and believe the family business started in 1821. This specimen is in excellent condition with just about all blued finish on its 28 “ octagon barrel. It has the most striking and beautiful case colors on breech, buttplate, trigger guard and front sight. It has a very high rise cheekrest, scheutzen style butt construction, beautiful hand checkering, set trigger. It lacks only the latch cover over the barrel aperature opening and the rear sight (it actual has a portion of it). Other than that all original and in exceptional condition. Thanks for looking and please e-mail us with any questions PRIOR to bidding. Please note Hansen & Hansen payment policy and terms: Standard shipping, handling and insurance is approximately 42.00 in continental United States but we will calculate shipping and insurance based upon geographical location. We gladly accept money orders, bank checks and personal checks. Credit card orders (VISA AND MASTER CARD ONLY) charged 3.95% additional for use. Hansen & Hansen wishes to expedite each order received, however we ship 80-100 items weekly, therefore orders paid by money orders or bank checks are cleared for shipping 5-7 days after deposited funds show in our account. Shipping date is scheduled ONLY AFTER VERIFICATION TAKES PLACE AND FFL/C&R IS RECEIVED (IF APPLIES). This is 5-7 days after WE receive order by mail - NOT customer date mailed and postmarked and after credit card funds are posted. Credit card orders exceeding $500 must be cleared through customer’s bank before shipping. Personal checks are accepted but orders are held UP TO 3 WEEKS after deposit of funds before items released for shipping. IF you have special instructions or require overnight or expedited shipping please advise at time of ordering and we will gladly prioritize shipping FOR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE. THIS IS OUR POLICY and we encourage bidders to PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND OUR POLICY BEFORE BIDDING. We would be pleased to answer ANY questions by phone (our toll free number is 1-800-571-7337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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