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Old 09-15-2018, 04:12 PM
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Tanner Sportwaffen 50M 22LR



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For the few out there that know of these wonderful pieces of old world craftsmanship and quality I am posting some photos of this new old toy.

I feel extremely fortunate to have stumbled on this early Tanner match rifle made by Andre tanner himself in 1969 it is #179 and came to me direct from Switzerland in virtually new condition. Interestingly because their operation is so small I was able to email the company and they were able to send me information on the original purchaser and history of the rifle. As mentioned when I received the rifle it was as new and even had the original leather sling attached to the handstop/nut. I have been tenderly shooting it for the last couple of weeks as it has now displaced just about everything else I own as far as accuracy goes. It is a true pleasure to shoot and the adjustable trigger dial in the right side of the trigger guard is ingenious. The trigger adjusts from about 1.4 ounces to 1.4 lbs with the spin of the dial. it is two stage with an amazing feel. The grip is shaped to my hand much more perfectly than any of the other free rifles that i own and is also a pleasure to grip everytime I shoot. The offset sights are also extremely comfortable to use and allow for me to keep my head mostly verticle while in position to shoot. Lastly the loading of the rifle is further to the rear than my Anschutz rifles and makes it much easier for me to chamber a round in the prone position without excess movement.



Hope you enjoy the pics.
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:18 PM
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:24 PM
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Now that is a nice rifle!!!
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:32 PM
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targets

Last part of this post. I shot these targets 2 or 3 days ago at our outdoor range in midafternoon with Center X using the onboard peeps from a pappas one piece rest with a block attached to the rail to keep level and return to battery. The two sheets of 50 yard targets have 1 shot per. The larger targets (due to the use of peeps) were shot at 100 yds. One is a 3 shot group shot after adjusting the sights over from the 10 shot group that is offset from the bull. The amazing thing about this rifle is that it really has no bad habits and I have yet to see a flyer that was not my fault. The wind affects the barrel very little which is a thing of beauty.... holding off with peeps is beyond my paygrade.
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Old 09-15-2018, 05:12 PM
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VERY nice! They don't come much cleaner than that, congrats! And a great shooter to boot!

1. Just out of curiosity, where did you find something like that?

2. I've heard that if you pick they up from over the pond they can be quite reasonable (at least as compared to here), true?

3. What is the purpose of the lever sticking out below the trigger guard? Never seen anything like that before.

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Old 09-15-2018, 06:23 PM
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I'd say its made like a Swiss watch! Very nice rifle.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:30 PM
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where?

I actually found it on Guns International. It was late one Saturday evening and I noticed it and was admiring the rifle when I noticed also, that it had only been posted a few minutes earlier. I figured at whatever the price, I would buy it as I had not seen one come up before and was drawn to the whole idea of it. The more I researched it the happier I was that I had made the decision to go for it. The hardest part is the 2-3 month wait for importation it was the perpetual day before Christmas and torturous. I was also a little concerned about the import stamp that has to be placed on the barrel once it arrives here in the US but I was thrilled to see that I could barely find it when it finally showed up. To me the price was reasonable for what you are getting which is a completely handmade piece all parts serialed to the rifle. Also, considering that new in the 70's I am told they went for around $4,000. (Don't quote me on that but I read it somewhere) . I paid less than that, substantially. Finally, the trigger bolt and action have changed very little over the years and the stocks just recently. I prefer the older stock designs anyway so it did not feel like I was acquiring outdated technology and for me there is no replacement for a beautiful wood stock.

I am told, that the engagement lever beneath the trigger guard was designed correspondent to Andre Tanner's philosophy that the rifle should not be at risk of being fired until absolutely ready in a match. I have found it useful in position shooting especially with such a light trigger as I have (I am embarrased to say) had shots go off at the wrong time when shooting in prone matches and it only takes one to ruin your scoring potential for the day. I engage it only when my position feels right.. The bolt cocks the spring like every other bolt when you cycle a new round into the chamber. The difference being that the trigger is not engaged with the sear. When consciously activated with the lever the trigger sear is engaged and I am assuming some other stop/safety mechanism removed. At this point, I am afraid to take it apart and see how it all functions. One thing I know is that it would be a major hassle and time sink to send parts back to Tanner for service.... although it is do-able as they are still actively making rifles and accessible.


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Old 09-15-2018, 06:49 PM
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Some Pics of the butt Plate which rotates freely on the post, the accessory rail which has holes to trap the sling/handstop when finger tightened and the rear sight rail/dovetail and front sight tunnel both of which are offset to the centerline.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:18 PM
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The hex bolt lets the whole trigger mechanism drop out. The knurled knob sets weight of pull.
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Old 09-15-2018, 10:07 PM
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Ahh, I don't like it...locking lug is to big. On a more serious note, that is a fantastic looking rifle by any standards to my eyes.
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Old 09-16-2018, 04:01 AM
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Ooh nice. That crown looks sharp.

I like the low profile rearsight.
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Old 09-16-2018, 05:49 AM
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Tanner match rifle

G' day jdudman77 nice looking rifle.There is one of these for sale on the www.usedguns.com.au in the rimfire section here in Australia.Scott.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:28 AM
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A great looking and rarely seen rifle.

As described, does the lever below the trigger guard make the trigger a set trigger?
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:25 AM
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JGA and Penage Guy

JGA,

Thanks for the link to the rifle in Oz. It's another beauty and I find it interesting that the seller is calling it the only one in Australia. I would be very curious to know how many of the Tanner smallbore rifles are in the USA. They seem very rare here as well. They are better known for their 300 Meter rifles which are a bit more common due to the fact that they have just made more of them.

Penage Guy,

As far as the lever engaging the trigger making it a "set trigger".. technically I am not confident answering that question. My understanding of the function of set triggers is that once engaged they significantly lighten the pull weight of an existing trigger pull say from a couple of pounds to mere ounces. In this rifle, there is no trigger engagement whatsoever until the lever is pulled. If you do not pull the lever the gun will not fire as the trigger blade has not been engaged to the sear mechanism. Maybe someone who is more knowledgeable with respect to set triggers can chime in.

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JD

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Old 12-05-2019, 07:11 PM
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Tanner and Ural match rifles

Hi'yall ,tanner and Ural rimfire rifles have been advertised for sale in australia on (usedguns.com.au) in the what's new section.Scott.
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