Maker: E.F. Büchel (D)
Caliber: 8,15x24R mm
Barrel length: 327mm
On the exterior there is a certain resemblance between Büchel’s Model Stern and this, his Model Ideal. Its design consisted of a Falling block which was secured by a DRGM in 1903/04. It differed from the Stern in that it had an internal hammer and a double bulging-type trigger guard which acted as the loading lever. It was designed by Cuno Büchel for the new discipline called ‘Konkurrenzschiessen’ or ‘competitive shooting’ in which a shooter had no time limit.
The rules were changed in 1905, however, when the shooter had only 15 minutes to shoot at a target and whoever scored the most points was the winner. Now the effect of time did become important and the shooter needed to fire as many shots as possible within that time frame! In order to comply with these new rules, Büchel designed his IDEAL with an internal hammer with a much larger case extractor. This allowed the shooter quicker loading, unloading, aiming and firing. The IDEAL was offered in most calibers raging from 6, 7 mm RF Flobert to the 8mm center-fire Scheibenpistole. As was the case with most of Büchel models, the IDEAL was also available as a Schuetzen rifle.
Please refer to our book “German, Austrian and Swiss Target Pistols” p.97
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