The Rexer rifle, or Schouboe rifle (also known as the Madsen rifle) was a British-Danish prototype self-loading rifle produced by the Rexer Arms Company.

History[edit | edit source]

The Rexer rifle was originally designed in Denmark by Jens Schouboe, and was developed for the Dansk Rikylriffel Syndikat (D.R.S.), who subsequently licensed the design to the Rexer Arms Company of Britain. Rexer built several prototypes for trials, and the rifle was publicly demonstrated at Bisley in 1904, where it was compared to a rival design, the Hallé rifle. The British Army arranged trials of both weapons in 1906 and considered the Rexer to be the superior weapon, but criticized its build quality and considered it too fragile and susceptible to mud and dirt. It was also tested in the United States as the Madsen rifle, but similarly failed to achieve success.

Further development of the Rexer rifle was brought to an abrupt halt in 1907 when D.R.S. filed a lawsuit against Rexer over control of the patent rights for several of their products, including this rifle. D.R.S. won and retained control of their patents, after which the Rexer company went into liquidation.

Design[edit | edit source]

The Rexer was a recoil-operated self-loading rifle of a relatively conventional design. The bolt was locked into the breech by a pair of lugs which were released upon firing. The recoil forced the bolt backwards, allowing the spent cartridge to eject and a new round to chamber. The return spring would then push the bolt back towards the breech.

The Rexer was offered in 6.5×55mm Krag, .303 British, and 7×57mm Mauser. It fed from an internal 5-round box magazine.

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References[edit | edit source]

  • Engineering, Vol.78, 1904
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