The Zimmerstutzen was the ancestor of the ten meter target rifle, and its German history dates back to at least 1840. The rough English translation of the word is "Parlor Rifle." The most common Zimmerstutzen caliber is 4mm, but there have been over 25 calibers noted that range from 4mm to 5.55mm. Both fixed (standard rimfire cartridge) and separate (percussion cap and separate lead ball) ammunition have been used during the course of its manufacture. The most identifiable feature of a Zimmerstutzen is that typically, only the last eight inches of the rifle barrel are used when firing and the loading mechanism at the end of the barrel is very unique and discernable. When shooting a Zimmerstutzen, the hammer strikes a protruding transfer bar situated inside the barrel and contacts the rimfire ammunition for detonation.
Pricing on Zimmerstutzen pistols varies on the elaborateness, embellishments, and condition of every pistol, as no two are exactly the same. Average condition guns with not a lot of special features typically sell in the $650-$995 range. Fancy pistols with engraving and carving typically sell in the $850-$1,600 range, depending on condition.
Pricing on Zimmerstutzen rifles depends on the same factors as the pistols. Average condition Zimmerstutzens with not a lot of special features typically sell in the $650-$1,300 range. Elaborate guns with extra fancy stocks and embellishments are usually priced in the $1,450-$2,250 range, depending on the condition factor.
Refers to a single shot target rifle in rimfire caliber usually used indoors on a 50 foot range. Most Zimmerstutzens were either manufactured in Germany or Austria pre-WWII.