Deactivated WW1 Lebel French 8mm rifle:

Deactivated WW1 Lebel French 8mm rifle:

Ah, ze French Lebel 1886 M93 8mm bolt action rifle, awesome and ground breaking on one hand, rubbish on the other. What was great about it was that it used the first smokeless powder - pumes of smoke were a thing of the past, plus the 8mm cartridge was pretty potent as well and the 8 round tube was also pretty good for the late 1800`s. Problem was it was the mainstay of the French army in the trenches of WW1, one glance at an SMLE and you can see the problems - mainly the re-loading of the 8 round tube under the barrel (think pump shotgun) but you have to feed each round in from above the breach, plus it was only really accurate to 300 meters - not really enough for good support work, plus it was a git to clean! However, there's no doubting the Lebel`s place in history - this ones a cracker, 1917 dated, all matching numbers including the stock and the bolt, excellent metalwork, good wood with a couple of well done armourers repairs that don`t detract plus a correct period epee bayonet! Strips, cocks and dry fires and comes complete with UK deactivation certificate.

WW1 French Lebel 1886 M93 1917 dated complete with epee bayonet:


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