In 1866 Switzerland takes the bold step to universally adopt a breachloading repeating rifle. Why the sudden transition? What was their first choice? All this is explaining in this very nerdy video which contains NO SHOOTING!
We also take a very very deep dive into the mechanics of the rifle design and discover a very unique primary extraction system.
Part deux will feature the individual rifle patterns, ammunition and some shooting.
For those interested in the predecessors of the Vetterli:
Prelaz-Burnand rifled musket: https://youtu.be/dNdqlnM2mXA
Milbank-Amsler conversions: https://youtu.be/lOrLi2I4w5A
Swiss Peabody: https://youtu.be/lOrLi2I4w5A
Switzerland’s most popular native-English-language guns & shooting channel! Probably. Maybe. I guess. A somewhat off-the-wall and tongue-in-cheek look at firearms, military history and shooting, and a jolly good tilt at the windmills of fuddlore to go with it. And the odd off-topic vid about Switzerland, or whatever happens to take our fancy. We normally launch “in-series” vids on a Friday (early launch on a Wednesday via Patreon and the FB page https://www.facebook.com/Blokeontherange/ ), out-of-series vids launch precisely… whenever.