One of the most beautiful type of guns in my eyes is the so called “Ischler Stutzen” from Austria. Ischler Stutzen is the collective name for the legendary one-shot hammer stalking rifles, used by Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I. “Ischler” referred to the Austrian village Bad Ischl, where these rifles were made first by gunmaker Wolfgang Leithner. “Stutzen” comes from the German word “gestutzt” = shortened, because the rifle has shortened, fully stocked barrels of onlx 55 – 60 cm length.
Until the sixties of the 19th century, they were large caliber percussion guns with copper primers for firing lead bullets, later with central firing and in caliber 8 mm. The Ischler Stutzen always remains very popular in the Alps and several gunmakers still offer today this beautiful rifles to the traditional hunter.
Heribert Streitmeier from St. Paul im Lavanttal in Carinthia, a short hour from Ferlach, made this fine example in Cal. 6,5x57R with octagon barrel and full engraving by Austrian engraver J. Deflorian. Mounted is a steel riflescope Kahles Helia Super 3-9 x 42. So the lightweight and easy-to-handle Stutzen becomes the perfect tool for hunting in the mountains.