Hickok45 Takes Us Down Memory Lane And Fires The Swiss K31 Rifle
Today, our old buddy Hickok45 takes us for a stroll down memory lane and demonstrates for us the awesome Swiss K31 rifle. Since Switzerland has always been a neutral country, it’s a pretty safe bet, that the rifle he’s using in the video today, has never been fired in anger. But, they say the best rifle in the world, is the one you never have to use (I remain dubious on that).
I’m a big fan of the old bolt action rifles, like the K98 Mauser and the Lee Enfield Mark IV (I actually own a Mark IV that was manufactured in 1943), so I’m pretty sure my old Lee Enfield saw plenty of action and it still works and fires just as good today, as it did when it came off of the assembly line in 1943.
Here is some background on the K31 courtesy of Wikipedia:
The Karabiner Model 1931 (K31) is a magazine-fed, straight-pull bolt action rifle. It was the standard issue rifle of the Swiss armed forces from 1933 until 1958 though examples remained in service into the 1970s. It has a 6-round removable magazine, and is chambered for the 7.5×55mm Swiss Gewehrpatrone 1911 or GP 11, a cartridge with ballistic qualities similar to the 7.62×51mm NATO/.308 Winchester cartridge. Each rifle included a 6-round detachable box magazine with matching stamped serial number. A charger is used to load the magazine from the top of the receiver. The Karabiner Model 1931 replaced both the Model 1911 rifle and carbine and was gradually replaced by the Stgw 57 from 1958 onwards.
Although the K31 is a straight-pull carbine broadly based on previous Swiss “Schmidt–Rubin” service rifles and carbines, the K31 was not designed by Colonel Rudolf Schmidt (1832–1898) as he was not alive in 1931 to do so. Mechanical engineer Eduard Rubin (1846–1920) was the designer of the 7.5×55mm Swiss ammunition previous Swiss service rifles and the K31 are chambered for. The Karabiner Model 1931 was a new design by the Eidgenössische Waffenfabrik in Bern, Switzerland under Colonel Adolf Furrer (1873–1958). The first 200 K31s were made in May 1931 for troop trials (serials 500,001 – 500,200), thus the model number of 1931.