not as far as i know... im pretty sure they stuck with the tube...
July 24, 2011, 11:17 PM
The only one I ever handled had the tube magazine with a side loading gate. Pretty sure it was Swiss.
July 25, 2011, 04:55 PM
Vetterli was the designer of that bolt action. The Swiss Vetterlis used a magazine tube and carrier system copied from the U.S. 1866 Winchester rifle. The Italians adopted the Vetterli, but combined it with a magazine system designed by Vitali which could be loaded with a rather awkward clip. The Dutch converted their Beaumont rifles to use the Vitali magazine, creating the Beaumont-Vitali.
In WWI the Italians, desperately short of arms from heavy fighting against Austro-Hungary (horrible fighting with massive casualties in the Eastern Alps, an area seldom even mentioned in U.S. and British WWI histories), converted many of the old Vetterli-Vitali rifles to take the 6.5 Italian cartridge; these have magazines like the Model 1891 Mannlicher-Carcano and use the same en-bloc clip.
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