ULSTER VETTERLI RIFLE
We have for sale a Ulster Vetterli rifle in great untouched condition, this rifle has spent the last 32 years in an attic in County Antrim. most of these have the UVF for God and Ulster stamp. This one has the not so common UPG [Ulster Provisional Government ] stamp. We have not touched this rifle apart from removing some very light surface rust from the end of the barrel and blowing some of the dust off with an air line . This item is in superb condition even if somewhat dirty . I have no doubt that if restored this gun could be brought back to near mint condition.
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The Italian 10.35mm Model 1870/87 infantry rifle employed a bolt action mechanism developed by Friedrich Vetterli, whose design was adopted by the Swiss Army in 1869. Initially the Italian rifle was issued as a single-loader but, from 1887, was adapted to accept a box magazine, designed by Giuseppe Vitali. Model 1870/87 rifles were still in service with second line Italian units when Italy entered the First World War. Subsequently, most were re-chambered for the modern smokeless 6.5mm service cartridge. Prior to the First World War, as the Italian Army began to be equipped with the Model 1891 rifle many Vetterli-Vitali rifles were sold to arms dealers. A consignment of these, was purchased by the Ulster Volunteer Force during 1913-14. The UVF was a Protestant organization, created to oppose plans for Irish Home Rule. It would appear that most of the Italian rifles were issued to UVF volunteers in the rural counties of Armagh, Fermanagh and Monaghan, with more modern Mannlicher rifles being employed elsewhere