That's right guys, the photos of it aren't up yet. I've uploaded them, but they won't be visible till the site update later this morning.
The images you saw for 1916 are from another 8x50 M95, but it's a 1916 dated long rifle. The 1897 Stutzen will join it there later this morning
The only thing that's been done to it recently is a light coat of beeswax paste has been hand-rubbed onto the wood and then buffed off with a cotton cloth, and the metal was given a light coat of ballistol. Otherwise it's totally original
Nice find! It's rather uncommon to find a Steyr made Stutzen, especially one that early! It's also completely original, with the original early rear sight, rear sling swivel, cocking piece, and handguard. The buttplate unit marking is a nice touch too. 5th Pioneer Battalion?
The rear sight numbers are very interesting-any one else with an 1897-dated piece have a similar numbered rear sight?
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