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Ever since its founding in 1985, the Mannlicher Collectors Association (MCA) 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 gun show. Often we have a rifle match that weekend with our Mannlicher - Schoenauers (M-S) and other Steyr rifles. It is wonderful to see the diverse collection of the M-S rifles in action. At the the gun show we have display tables and invite members to bring a favorite rifle, educate the public about the arms, the history and the MCA.
All MCA members also receive a complementary copy of the association's quarterly newsletter, The Mannlicher Collector (TMC). Our latest issue can be ordered from the Treasurer at the cost of $10.00 ($11.00 US in Canada and $12.00 US overseas.) or you can view some old copies here.
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
We will be having a drawing for several prizes in October. Check out the EVENTS section for more information.
2020 Annual Convention
Once again, due to Covid-19 we have canceled the convention this year. We are in the process of switching it to April 9-11, 2021. More info to come.
2021 Trip to Steyr Austria
We are in the process of planning a trip to Austria with the help of our friends at Steyr. More information to com.
We have a new Executive Secretary / Treasurer and MCA Membership Office. Jerry Jones has taken over the position that had been occupied by Rick Martell for many years. We owe a thank you to both of them.
New Membership Application
The Mannlicher Collectors Association has a new membership application! You can now pay on line by credit card or send a check with your application. Click here to view the new membership application form.
2019 Annual Convention Highlights
Go to our Events section to learn about the good time everyone had.
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.
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