ZFK55, a swiss tack driver !

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After years of procrastination and letting good deals slip away I finally broke down last year and acquired a Swiss ZFK55 sniper.

This is with out a doubt my favorite rifle to shoot in Vintage Sniper Matches. The rifle has a very nice 3.5x Kern optic and shooting GP11 surplus it has helped me finish "in the money" in every match I have entered with it.
 

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Did you have any previous trigger time on the standard K31? Was always curious how the 55 would compare between the two.
 
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I shot a friends 30 years ago but back then ammo was hard to come by so I never considered owning one.
 

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Very nice rifle with its matching scope and matching scope case. That is one of my bucket list sniper rifles. I’ve read that only 4 parts are interchangeable b/t the K31 and K55, the firing pin, cocking handle and one other part possibly the bolt body (can’t recall at the moment). The K55 was purpose designed as a sniper, and very few military service rifles went through such a re-design. Thanks posting the pics.

Do you have a picture thru the optic?
See attached, basically the traditional European, 3 post reticle style.
 

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Very nice rifle with its matching scope and matching scope case. That is one of my bucket list sniper rifles. I’ve read that only 4 parts are interchangeable b/t the K31 and K55, the firing pin, cocking handle and one other part possibly the bolt body (can’t recall at the moment). The K55 was purpose designed as a sniper, and very few military service rifles went through such a re-design. Thanks posting the pics.


See attached, basically the traditional European, 3 post reticle style.
They didn’t use standard K31 barrels? Also did the ZFK55 have any bedding?
 

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Picked up 2 K31's back around Christmas 2004.

I'd love a '55.

The K31's were $140, but the '55's were $750 so I got the K31's.

I opted for a St Marie Scope mount and muzzle brake.

Put a Bushnell elite 3200 10x scope on.

Later a cheek piece and buttpad.

I cant the rifle slightly (maybe 10 degrees) and it works well.

Stripper clips and the stock sights are still options.

I still shoot 90% GP11 but want to reload soon.

Its a solid 2 MOA rifle.
 

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I remember when I bought a K31 from Big 5 Sporting Goods for $95 when they were selling them in 2006 or 7. Fantastically built rifles for even today's precision standards.
 
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I remember when I bought a K31 from Big 5 Sporting Goods for $95 when they were selling them in 2006 or 7. Fantastically built rifles for even today's precision standards.
First time I bought the rifle, John Lovitz was in the store.

A week later, Hugh Howser.

Snow fell on the street, a rare thing.

It was cool living there at that time, I lived with a stripper and my girlfriend from Fullerton would drive out each weekend.

Strippers are fascinating bitches.

We'd shoot balloons. Some further than others.

The strippers were fascinated by accurate .22's .

They made more than me.

This was on TV.


 
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First time I bought the rifle, John Lovitz was in the store.

A week later, Hugh Howser.

Snow fell on the street, a rare thing.

It was cool living there at that time, I lived with a stripper and my girlfriend from Fullerton would drive out each weekend.

Strippers are fascinating bitches.

We'd shoot balloons. Some further than others.

The strippers were fascinated by accurate .22's .

They made more than me.

This was on TV.


Yup, sounds about right. The time before California really, reallyyyy took the last turn in its downward spiral.
 
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Yup, sounds about right. The time before California really, reallyyyy took the last turn in its downward spiral.
It was tripping by the time I was 18. It was big 5.

The CA AWB was in effect by then.

In the early 90's you could buy AR's, and "chinese assault guns" for I think 279.

"the strippers" actually liked me and bought me a new engine one time.

Their work was playing patty cake as old men fell asleep they said.

Later I met Kirk Russel at a cigar shop there, and saw robert downey jr arrested.
 
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