A large cache of hidden vintage Austrian Steyr Rifles were discovered in a Northern Ireland Orange Hall.
Vintage Austrian Steyr rifles and ammo were discovered in Belfast at an Orange hall. A fragment of a huge arms shipment that was sent to Ireland in 1914 during the long-simmering Irish troubles.
Intended for use by a Protestant armed resistance group called the Ulster Volunteer Force or UVF, these unique rifles where stamped with their symbol and are important artifacts of the Irish struggle between Catholic and Protestant paramilitary factions.
They definitely represent a historic find of a troubled time in Irish history. The fact that these Steyr rifles are even customized with the UVF stamp likely makes them even more valuable as collectible antique firearms. With the ammunition taken by police these guns will be put on display as a snapshot of the Irish Civil War.