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The Wänzel rifle was a breechloading conversion of the Lorenz M1854 and M1862 rifles. The Austro-Hungarian Empire used the Wänzel as their service rifle until they had enough Werndl-Holub M1867 rifles to arm the military.
|Place of origin||Austrian Empire|
|Wars||Herzegovina Uprising (1882)|
World War I (rear echelon troops)
|Variants||Wänzel Infanterie Gewehr M1854/67|
Wänzel Infanterie Gewehr M1862/67
Wänzel JägerStutzen M1854/67
Wänzel JägerStutzen M1862/67
Wänzel Extra-Corps Gewehr M1854/67
Wänzel Extra-Corps Gewehr M1862/67
Wänzel WallGewehr M1872
|Length||41.4 in (1,050 mm) to 52.6 in (1,340 mm)|
|Cartridge||14×33R rimfire & centerfire|
The rifle was a lifting block breechloader chambered for the 14×33mm Wänzel rimfire cartridge. The Austrians converted a total of 70,000 Lorenz muskets to Wänzels.
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