The Name Of This Rifle Illustrates How Times Do Change

During the 1850s and 1860s, the Swedes decided to introduce compulsory military training into their school system. This was to include target practice in their equivalent of high school. The training would take place with real rifles. Remington provided the earliest of these rifles with their 1867 rolling block rifle. These were eventually replaced by rifles made by the Swedish arms maker Carl Gustafs Stads.

The name of this rifle? The Model 1867-89-93 School Shooting Rifle.

If you gave a firearm that name today, bills would be introduced in Congress, the BATFE would pay a visit, and you’d probably be out of business very soon. However, if you think about it, the name given to that rifle is very correct. It was to be used in school shooting and marksmanship programs.

Allan’s Armory, a dealer in antique and curio and relic firearms, has more on the rifle above here.

8 thoughts on “The Name Of This Rifle Illustrates How Times Do Change”

  1. My first formal marksmanship training was in high school JROTC. We could push back the desks and chairs, set up pellet traps, and shoot 10-meter air rifle IN THE CLASSROOM. We had really good Feinwerkbau competition style air rifles, mats, shooting jackets and gloves…I first learned proper position rifle shooting right there in class.

  2. David,

    Still going on today. I taught at a Pacific NW school within the past decade where the JROTC did the same thing. Since there is no powder they are not actually banned.

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