W+F Bern ZfK-55 Swiss Army Sniper Rifle (Matching + Scope) 7.5×55

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W+F Bern ZfK-55 Swiss Army Sniper Rifle (Matching + Scope) 7.5×55

Description

Swiss ZfK.55 Sniper rifle chambered in 7.5×55 Swiss

Matching Serial Numbers + Kern Scope with matching container

Very Good Condition

1958 Production Year

Additional information

Weight 13 lbs
Dimensions 27 × 9 × 5 in

History

The Swiss ZfK55 or formally known as the Zielfernrohr Karabiner 1955 (Scoped Carbine) was the Swiss service sniper rifle and designated marksman rifle (DMR). Unlike its predecessor (Zf.K31/42 & Zf.K31/43) this rifle was not issued as a K31. The ZfK55 was developed by Adolf Furrer, the same man who designed the K31 Swiss service rifle utilizing advances from the famous Schmidt & Rubin straight-pull action design. The ZfK 55’s action and design are strikingly like the K31. However, some major design differences make very few parts interchangeable between the two. The ZfK55 features mounting lugs milled into the receiver for a quick detachable 3.5×22 power scope, made by Kern and Sohn. The scope itself was also an upgrade from the early K31/42 & 43 models. The condition of the scope is excellent, there the glass is clean and crisp and the reticle looks very good. One may notice that the action of the rifle is offset when compared to the K31. This is true and was done to allow soldiers to use stripper clips if the scope was still attached. This also aided accuracy as spent shells would not hit the scope on the way out of the action. The rifle features a deployable bipod that is near the action of the rifle and utilizes springs and grooves to allow for quick and mobile aim, especially on uneven terrain like in the mountains of Switzerland. The ZfK55 has an incredibly unique-looking muzzle device that was designed to mitigate recoil and aid in suppressing flash signature. The barrel is thicker than a standard K31 to support a long barrel life by keeping the barrel cooler over long shooting durations. The standard Swiss military bayonet lug is still present, and the front iron sight post also has a notable change. It features a drifting track for the front post to be adjusted for windage. The pistol grip on the stock is more aggressive and allows for more area to grip, it is also textured with a checkered pattern. These rifles were made by Waffenfabrik Bern from 1957 till 1959, making them incredibly rare, as only around 4150 were made in total! The ZfK55 still uses the 7.5x55mm (GP11) Swiss cartridge which is regarded as a great round for accuracy and long-distance shooting. Six round charger clips or detachable magazines can be used for the ZfK55.

Condition

The ZfK 55 Sniper rifle pictured is the rifle for sale. This ZfK is in very good condition. All serial numbers appear to be matching on this rifle. Including the scope canister and the scope itself made by Kern. The stock appears to be constructed from Beech wood and has a majority of its finish intact, but we noted some surface wear and surface dings throughout the wood. On the right-hand side of the stock near where the receiver and bolt reside, we noted a crack. ZfK55 rifle stocks are notorious for cracking.  The stock remains in one piece, but we recommend monitoring the crack (SEE PHOTOS) The condition of the barrel looks great. We noted very nice crisp and sharp rifling throughout the bore. It appears there is some preserving oil in the barrel to keep the metal nice this should clean out well with a brass or nylon brush. About 70% of the bluing condition remains intact. The finish is even throughout the rifle. The bolt and bolt face look great and the action feels nice and smooth.

Markings

  • Waffenfabrik post-1940 inspection mark 
  • Shooting test pass 
  • Swiss Shield 
  • Zf. Kar (Mag) 

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W+F Bern ZfK-55 Swiss Army Sniper Rifle (Matching + Scope) 7.5×55

Original price was: $7,500.00.Current price is: $6,999.95.

W+F Bern ZfK-55 Swiss Army Sniper Rifle (Matching + Scope) 7.5×55

1 in stock

Swiss ZfK.55 Sniper rifle chambered in 7.5×55 Swiss

Matching Serial Numbers + Kern Scope with matching container

Very Good Condition

1958 Production Year

Weight 13 lbs
Dimensions 27 × 9 × 5 in

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