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Old 08-30-2017, 11:12 AM
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STEYR MANNLICHER .22 INTHA'BOX



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Many years (decades) ago when I was a barefoot farm boy my favorite reading was Stoeger's Shooter's Bible and the page I always lingered on showed the elegant, full stocked Steyr .22 Rimfire. But at a price of $136. it was as unreachable as the moon. But time went by, my fortunes improved slightly and having just finished grad school I felt I deserved a reward. The long yearned for Austrian .22 would be a perfect gift for myself I figured, but calls to Stoeger disclosed that the rifle of my dreams was no longer in production. However, I was informed, there might still be one left in their distribution center. Turns out, there were actually five or six left and I could have my pick if I could get to their New Jersey warehouse. It was a long drive but worth the trip and I opened every box. They were all beautiful but one, with a lovely fiddleback pattern stock stood out above the rest. Which of course was my choice, along with both double and single triggers. Much more time has passed since then, with the rifle mainly remaining in the box. But time to time I like getting it out and remembering the old days.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:01 PM
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WOW!!!! So that's what they look like brand new. One of those sold recently on Gunsinternational at 95% without the box for $3600.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:18 PM
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Wow, that's a beauty to be sure. Looks to be similar to the Krico & Anschütz Stutzen of that same era.
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I love that rifle. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:41 PM
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I LOVE IT!!!!

yeah.. I'd do just about anything to get my grubby meathooks on one of those!!!
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Old 08-30-2017, 02:22 PM
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Simply gorgeous......

You did very well as a young pup fresh out of the education mill and it's great to see the complete kit as purchased new. Thanks for sharing.
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Wow, what a nice package.
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...and having just finished grad school I felt I deserved a reward. The long yearned for Austrian .22 would be a perfect gift for myself I figured...
...And by golly you figured right!

Great story!

Beautiful rifle!
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:08 PM
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Love your rifle. I can definitely see myself spending time in the woods with it. Congratulations on owning something as priceless as that rifle.
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Many years (decades) ago when I was a barefoot farm boy my favorite reading was Stoeger's Shooter's Bible and the page I always lingered on showed the elegant, full stocked Steyr .22 Rimfire. But at a price of $136. it was as unreachable as the moon. But time went by, my fortunes improved slightly and having just finished grad school I felt I deserved a reward. The long yearned for Austrian .22 would be a perfect gift for myself I figured, but calls to Stoeger disclosed that the rifle of my dreams was no longer in production. However, I was informed, there might still be one left in their distribution center. Turns out, there were actually five or six left and I could have my pick if I could get to their New Jersey warehouse. It was a long drive but worth the trip and I opened every box. They were all beautiful but one, with a lovely fiddleback pattern stock stood out above the rest. Which of course was my choice, along with both double and single triggers. Much more time has passed since then, with the rifle mainly remaining in the box. But time to time I like getting it out and remembering the old days.
Absolutely fantastic, it brings to mind old world craftsmen whose intent was nothing less than perfection. Your story was well written, I can almost feel the anticipation you had to have on the drive to buy that rifle. Its also a rarity to see a young man who recognized the obvious quality of that rifle, also unusual to see one kept in Pristine condition. You are to be congratulated!
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