M1867 Russian Krnka
Obr.1867 Krnka Infantry Rifle
|Type||Side-hinged lifting Breechblock|
|Place of origin||Russian Empire|
|Used by||Russian Empire
Kingdom of Bulgaria
Kingdom of Serbia
Kingdom of Montenegro
World War I
|Weight||4.5 / 4.9 kg / (without / with bayonet)|
|Length||1300 / 1800 mm (without / with bayonet)|
|Rate of fire||9 rounds per minute|
|Maximum firing range||1200 arshins (850 m)|
|Feed system||Single shot|
The M1867 Russian Krnka (Винтовка Крнка́) was a breech loading conversion of the muzzle-loading Model 1857 Six Line rifle musket designed by Czech arms maker, Sylvester Krnka. It was adopted by the Russian Empire in 1869, and was similar to the contemporary Snider-Enfield and Tabatiere conversions. Conversions were carried out at the Tula armory (TOZ).
Two main versions were produced: infantry and cavalry rifles. Shortly after its introduction to service, the M1867 was replaced by the Berdan rifle, though both weapons would serve simultaneously for a time. The rifles were issued to conscripts and police forces in the Central Asian territories, like Samarkand. After being taken out of service, many were converted into cheap shotguns.