Deutsche Werke .22 Rifle

Sep 02, 2013

This Deutsche Werke .22 Lift Top/Tip Up Rifle might quite possibly be the German equivalent of the Cooey. Inexpensively built, it was available in different grades and barrel lengths. The one pictured is somewhat of a fancy grade but simpler ones were available. The even more economic ones have, what appears to be just a shaped piece of barn board, as a stock and no butt plate. I belief these were referred to as youth rifles.


Manufactured at the Erfurt Werke (Erfurt Works) sometime between the 1921 and 1939, this particular single shot rifle has a unique action, the lift top (tip up action).


To load one pulls back, all the way, on the cocking piece and simply lifts up the action to expose the chamber. Insert .22 Rimfire cartridge into the Chamber and close the top pulling back on the cocking piece during this process.  Once the action is closed  ease forward on the cocking piece to lock, one will notice that at this time the gun is cocked and therefore ready to fire. Once fired, lift action up to  open and the extractor will have neatly presented the spent case for you to remove, no unnecessarily complicated ejector here, quite surprising considering German Manufacturers have a tendency towards over-engineering, but not on this Gem.

I have found these little rifles to be superbly accurate with Standard Velocity, lead projectile Ammunition, just like the old Cooey’s. We used to have Cooey Nights at the Gun Club I used to be a member off, now already some time ago. This event was a shot with unaltered Cooey’s and the like, open sights, just the way they were meant to be.

Smallest group won and the winner would have to buy a Pot of Coffee for everyone. Seems like a strange way to win something, but it is all about the Honor and Glory of those prestigious events. I bought my fair share of pots thanks to this little rifle.

There is a lot of internet speculation as to what this mysterious Symbol is on the receiver and stock, some say it is a Snake, others say a stylized D (mysterious Teutonic symbol?). Well Folks, it’s just a stylized cat, a probable indication of what this rifles task was to be, to add some meat to your watery potato stew during those trying, uncertain times. Dach Hasen (Roof Rabbits) is what they used to be called, so my Father told me.

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