Category: rifles

Portuguese Model 1886 Kropatschek bolt action …

Portuguese Model 1886 Kropatschek bolt action rifle

from Czerny’s International Auction House

Turkish flintlock rifle with gold decor, 19th …

Turkish flintlock rifle with gold decor, 19th century.

from Olympia Auctions

US Model 1918 Browning Automatic Rifle used du…

US Model 1918 Browning Automatic Rifle used during World War I, later retrofitted to Model 1918A2 for World War II.

from Morphy’s Auctions

The Austiran 1854/67 Wanzl rifle

The Austiran 1854/67 Wanzl rifle

from Cap and Ball Channel

John Ulrich engraved Winchester Model 1866 dis…

John Ulrich engraved Winchester Model 1866 displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia World Exposition.

from Morphy’s Auctions

Indian Lee Enfield Ishapore bolt action rifle,…

Indian Lee Enfield Ishapore bolt action rifle, 7.62x51mm NATO, circa 1960′s.

from Orange Coast Auctions

Factory engraved Winchester Model 1866 lever a…

Factory engraved Winchester Model 1866 lever action rifle.

from Morphy’s Auctions

Flintlock long rifle crafted by Melchior Fordn…

Flintlock long rifle crafted by Melchior Fordney of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, early 19th century.

from Morphy’s Auctions

Sporterized German Mauser Model 1889 rifle bui…

Sporterized German Mauser Model 1889 rifle built by Hopkins & Alert Arms Co. (USA) in 1928.

from Henry’s Aucktionshaus

The Easter Uprising and 20,000 Russian Rifles,

The Easter Uprising and 20,000 Russian Rifles,

During World War I Germany and Irish Republicans were allies as it was in Germany’s best interest to destabilize the British Empire in any way possible, and or course the Irish Rebels needed weapons and supplies. In 1916 the German government offered support for the Easter Uprising, a planned rebellion to take place in Dublin on April 24th. On April 9th, 1916 the SS Libau (disguised as the Norwegian merchant ship SS Aud) disembarked from the port of Lubeck, steaming around Denmark and Norway, sneaking past the British blockade, then looping around the North Atlantic before steaming south and secretly delivering it’s cargo at an Irish port. 

The cargo carried by the SS Libau consisted of 20,000 Russian Mosin Nagant Model 1891 bolt action rifles along with 4 million rounds of ammunition. The rifles had been captured by the German Army on the Eastern Front, and since they did not share common caliber with standard German infantry firearms, was used as a second line rifle, or supplied to Central Power nations and other allies. In addition to the rifles were ten machine guns and explosives.

The SS Libau was able to reach the Irish coast, however it was discovered by three British destroyers who were suspicious of an unexpected visit by a “Norwegian merchant ship”. Once in Cork harbor the crew scuttled the ship, sending it to the bottom of Cork harbor on April 16th, a mere weak before the Easter Rising. A number of Mosin Nagant rifles were salvaged by Royal Navy divers, and today there are dozens of examples on display in museums across Ireland and the UK. The rifles pictured above are on display at the National Museum of Ireland, the rifle pictured below is part of the Royal Collection Trust.