Object Title

Centrefire underlever breech-loading rifle - Guedes-Steyr Model 1885

Centrefire underlever breech-loading rifle - Guedes-Steyr Model 1885

Date

1886

Object Number

XII.8976

Physical Description

Lever action Guedes rifle Portuguese M1885 ; butt stamp M1885 STEYR 1886 and on left crude HP 7142

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 7142

Calibre

8 x 60 mm R

Associations

Places Austria

Notes

Captured from the Boars in South Africa
Originally manufactured for the Portuguese but superceded, even before issue, by the Kropatschek.
The original order from the Portuguese was for 40,000, but after 18,000 had been manufactured the Portuguese asked for the rest of the order to be filled with Kropatscheks. The 18,000 already manufactured were left to Steyr for disposal. (It has been suggested that in fact only 8,000 had been made by the time of the cancellation.)
In total 7,505 Guedes were supplied to the South African Republic (ZAR) between 1893 and 1896.