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Only dropped once

Rare French rifle found in Aberdeenshire.

6 Responses to “Only dropped once”

  1. Tam Says:

    Not that rare. I bought mine at a gun show in Knoxville.

  2. SayUncle Says:

    Probably rare in the UK.

  3. FatWhiteMan Says:

    I really wouldn’t refer to any rifle made after 1880 as “ancient” or an “artefact”.

    Of course, a French rifle used in actual combat might be considered very rare at least.

  4. Tam Says:

    Well, it was too late for the Franco-Prussian war, which was fought with its very similar predecessor, the Chassepot rifle, and was replaced in the late 1880s by the Lebel, which was the first smokeless powder magazine-fed rifle ever issued (the US Army was using “trapdoor” Springfields at the time), so most of the combat seen by the Gras was in French colonies in Africa ans Asia in the pre-WWI period.

  5. David H. Says:

    Hey, I’ve got one of those! In .22 LR, no less. (Factory job; the French did a bunch in .22 for use as training rifles.)

  6. Tam Says:

    They had one of the .22’s in for work at CCA last time I was down. I was all ate up with gun lust.

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