Saturday, July 21, 2018
 
   
 
Announcements  
2018 Convention

We will be in Kansas City this year from July 27th to 29th.  Hope you can join us.

Contact our President for more information or view our Events section.

 

New TMC Editor

A big THANKS to Ron Brock for stepping up to take on the roll as Executive Editor of The Mannlicher Collector.  Please congratulate him, send him articles and offer to help review technical content of submitted articles.

 

New Membership Application

The Mannlicher Collectors Association has a new membership application! Click here to view the new membership application form.

 

2017 Annual Convention Highlights

Go to our Events section to learn about the good time everyone had.


 

     
Welcome to the Mannlicher Collectors Association

Ferdinand Manlnlicher
The M.C.A. serves those interested in Mannlicher and Mannlicher-styled arms, as well as arms manufactured by the Steyr armory in Austria and used by sportsmen and the military throughout the world.

The namesake of the society, Ferdinand Ritter von Mannlicher was one of history’s most prolific designers of firearms.

Join The Mannlicher Collectors Association

Ever since its founding twenty years ago, the Mannlicher Collectors Association has been the major forum of communication for collectors, sportsmen, and historians in the numerous military and sporting arms manufactured by the Steyr Armory in Austria.

MCA members benefit from exchanging information about Steyr arms and from communicating with those wanting to disperse or add them to their collections. MCA members are also invited to participate in the association's annual banquet meeting, always held in conjunction with a major three-day gun show, as well as in the association's African safaris scheduled every few years.

All MCA members also receive a complementary copy of the association's quarterly newsletter, The Mannlicher Collector. A sample issue can be ordered from the Membership Secretary at the cost of $3.00. ($4.00US in Canada and $5.00US overseas.)

Click here to view the new membership application form.

Steyr Arms

 








Steyr Arms
Firearms Review

Zephyr II

John Ludwig

I had the good fortune to recently receive one of the long-awaited Zephyr II rifles from my friends at Steyr Arms USA in Bessemer, AL.  I am sure many of you are familiar with the original Zephyr that Steyr came out with in the 50’s.  While originally rather plain, in later years Steyr offered some versions with nicer wood and finish. No matter what they looked like, they were a fine example of a well-made .22 LR firearm.  Not many were made, so if you’re like me, I am very happy that I can now own one of the Zephyr II’s.  It’s also nice that in today’s market, they cost about half of the original so you can buy two in different calibers.

Steyr Arms USA (SAU) is the US arm of Steyr-Mannlicher in Austria. In addition to Steyr firearms, they also import the Merkel line of shotguns and rifles, and some lines of clothing.  SAU contracts parts to be made in the USA where a certain percentage of US content is required and then it assembles those firearms.  They have an outstanding show room in Bessemer and good inventory so you can handle what you are thinking of purchasing and then take it with you.  You can also order most of all their products online and have it shipped to you or your FFL when ordering firearms.  There is also an expert gunsmith on staff to answer questions and walk you through minor issues.

Well, let’s get into talking about the Zephyr II.  When you open the very substantial and well-padded box you will see a very sleek and beautiful rifle with no sights to interrupt its lines.  The wood is high grade and the satin oil finish is excellent.  When you pick it up you notice the wonderful feel of a palm swell in your hand.  The gun slips around in your hands because it has a very functional and stunning fish scale checkering on the forearm and grip.  Your cheek settles into the cheek rest that has a water fall design and you’ll think you are driving a fine sports car or handling one of the best small caliber rifles you’ve ever picked up.  The gun feels solid but not too heavy to carry in the field for extended periods.  Its metal parts also have the very popular matt black bluing.  Like Steyr’s other high-end rifles, the barrel still has some of the hammer forging showing.  In fact, the entire rifle looks like a smaller version of the SM 12 that costs almost 3 times as much.

Naturally, I could not wait to get it out to the range and shoot some groups.  I noticed that the barrel had a very nice recessed crown and I hoped it would be a good indication of potential accuracy.  But first I had to mount a scope.  The only small one I had was a Burris Full Field 3-9x32 that was on my full stock CZ.  Typical of a European .22, it has the 11mm dovetail.  And since the CZ had the same dovetail, I could use those rings.  Not many local places have them, so I’m glad I didn’t have to source any locally.  Several companies make 11mm rings but I like to use the Warne Maxima Fixed rings.  They are well made, come in 3 heights, will work on 3/8” and 11mm and reasonably priced.  Another well known scope company had 11mm rings that were a little more stylish but only came in high polish and cost about twice as much with no improvement in functionality.

To be continued