KRISS USA Launches Antique European Firearms Import Division Edelweiss Arms

    A 7.65mm DWM 1906 Luger (Edelweiss Arms)

    In a surprise move KRISS USA, best known for their Vector line of pistols, carbines and submachine guns, has announced the launch of a new premium import division, Edelweiss Arms.

    The new venture’s website is now live with listings for several hundred Swiss firearms. Their are some very interesting firearms available including Swiss 7.65mm Lugers, 1882 and 1882-29 revolvers, a plethora of K31s and a range of older Swiss military rifles.

    Schmidt M1882 (Edelweiss Arms)

    Alongside some Schmidt–Rubin 1889s and 1911s, which look to be in excellent condition, there is also a gorgeous Vetterli 1878 Carbine. The tube magazine-fed Vetterli was Switzerland’s standard issue service rifle from 1869 to 1889.

    Vetterli 1878 Carbine (Edelweiss Arms)

    Edelweiss Arms’ aims to import ‘the highest grade and historically significant collector’s firearms’ into the US and inspect, catalogue and ship them from their headquarters in Chesapeake, Virginia.

    The move was announced in a press release published on KRISS USA’s site on the 1st March:

    Edelweiss Arms, a new division focused on the import and sale of C&R (curios and relics) and antique firearms, with a speciality on Swiss firearms, to collectors in the United States. Edelweiss Arms is a direct to consumer e-commerce business that leverages strategic partnerships in Switzerland, and throughout Europe, to source only the highest grade and historically significant collector’s firearms.

    “This is an exciting new venture for our business, and we’re looking forward to providing some value to the collector’s market in the United States,” states KRISS USA Marketing Manager, Tim Seargeant. “Edelweiss Arms is positioned to provide the discerning collector in the United States unprecedented access to some of the most pristine condition antique and C&R firearms from Europe. Additionally, our Edelweiss Arms website is designed to streamline the decision making and ordering process, to reduce the guess work that is traditionally associated with shopping for collector’s pieces.”

    Edelweiss Arms’ initial offerings include a wide variety of Schmidt-Rubin rifles. In addition to long arms, Edelweiss Arms also boasts a selection of Lugers in different variations from Waffenfabrik Bern (W+F Bern) and Deutsche Waffen Munitions Fabriken (DWM). Other handguns include several SIG P210 semi-automatic pistols as well as the P49, the Swiss military version of the P210. Edelweiss Arms also specializes in antique firearms, as defined by 27 CFR 478.11, which can be transferred in the United States without a Federal Firearms License (FFL).

    Here’s a few more examples of the firearms Edelweiss have to offer:

    K31 (Edelweiss Arms)

    Swiss Pistole 49 / SIG P210 (Edelweiss Arms)

    Schmidt-Rubin 1896/11 (Edelweiss Arms)

    The new venture will no doubt be of interest to collectors, Curio & Relic lovers and old gun enthusiasts in general. Edelweiss’ prices vary depending on model and conditionl but the company are currently offering a 10% launch promo until 30th March, 2018. Check out Edelweiss Arms’ website here.

    Matthew Moss

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    Matt is a British historian specialising in small arms development and military history. He has written several books and for a variety of publications in both the US and UK. He also runs Historical Firearms, a blog that explores the history, development and use of firearms. Matt is also co-founder of The Armourer’s Bench, a video series on historically significant small arms.

    Here on TFB he covers product and current military small arms news.

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