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  Rifle - LoveToKnow 1911   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Gas-operated rifles, like the Hotchkiss and Colt machine guns, have fixed barrels and are worked by a portion of the powder-gases which is allowed to escape from the barrel through a small hole near the muzzle, thence entering a cylinder and working a piston in connexion with the breech mechanism.
In both rifles, on the left side of the stock, is a long-distance sight (graduated to 2800 yds.), which consists of an aperture sight near the bolt and a dial and movable pointer near the hand-guard.
Rifles of r2-bore gauge, firing a spherical ball, were subsequently made, with broad and shallow grooves making one turn in ro ft. The bullet, of the same diameter as the bore, was loaded with a thin patch that took the grooving.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Rifle   (10930 words)

 First World War.com - Weapons of War - Rifles
Which left the pistol and the rifle, both key weapons on the battlefield, although the former was used less as an offensive weapon than the rifle, and were generally issued to officers rather than regular soldiery.
The single-shot, bigger-bore rifle was the subject of extensive research and development in the latter portion of the nineteenth century, with the result that the major powers introduced new models that were small-bore, bolt-action weapons capable of firing multiple rounds from a spring-loaded clip inserted into a rifle magazine.
The infantry aside, the rifle was a crucial element of the sniper's armoury: along with a human observer, that is.
www.firstworldwar.com /weaponry/rifles.htm   (1491 words)

 The Guns of Haller’s Army
The Lebel bolt action is quite similar to that of the 11mm Gras rifle Model 1874, and the feed mechanism is similar to the 11mm Model 1878 Kropatschek rifle used by the French Navy.
The rifle was the principal rifle of the German Army in World War I, and a number of variations of the rifle appeared during that war.
This rifle is a bolt action pattern with a comparatively small bolt which acts as the rifle's sole locking lug, locking against the split bridge receiver.
www.geocities.com /hallersarmy/guns.html   (548 words)

 Lebel Model 1886 rifle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Lebel rifle was developed as a result of the first successful smokeless gunpowder invented by French chemist Paul Vieille in 1884.
The Lebel rifle followed the 11 mm Mle 1874 Gras rifle and the 11 mm Mle 1878 French Naval Kropatschek rifle designed by an Austrian, Alfred von Kropatschek, shared the latter's tubular magazine in the forend.
Germany and Austria adopted new 8 mm infantry rifles in 1888; Italy and Russia, in 1891; the U.S., in 1892 with the Krag rifle.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lebel_Model_1886_rifle   (1175 words)

The chamber in the rifle contained a ledge, the ball was rammed down hard, the impact distorted it and this distortion allowed the ball to engage the rifleings when fired.
This rifle employed a "pillar" in the breech against which a cylandrical round was pounded.
This rifle acted as a pattern for the Fusil des Tirailleurs Senegaleis MLE 1907 which was issued to colonial troops.
www.geocities.com /milsurpunderground/French.html   (1404 words)

 Collecting and Shooting the Military Surplus Rifle - Surplusrifle.com
This rifle is a contemporary of the FAL and M14, both of which are not seen in frontline service with nations of influence anymore.
The forerunner of the 7.5 mm semi-automatic rifle was the MAS 44.
This rifle is still on limited issue to-day, although the current service rifle is the bull-pup type or ‘Clairon’ (Bugle) as the French call it because of its large sight guard/carrying handle which gives it that unique bugle shape.
www.surplusrifle.com /shooting/frenchrifles/index.asp   (2848 words)

 Welcome To Mauserman454's Antique Military Rifles Page
These rifles were sold off as surplus in the early 20th century by Germany, apparently they were sealed into a cave and forgotten about for nearly one hundred years.
Thus the main spring to the rifle is tucked away in the bolt knob.
The rifle pictured is a Dutch Gewer 71/88, which retains is similar to the rifle above, with the exception that in 1888 the gun was modified to accept a 5 round box magazine.
www.angelfire.com /theforce/mauserman454   (1196 words)

The rifle was rebarreled with the new, shorter one in 7.5 mm caliber (Balle 1929 C).
The rifle was assembled in 1942 by VKT, as indicated by markings on the chamber.
This model of rifle was approved by Polish military in 1925, as an attempt to standardize the calibers of all military rifles.
www.collectiblefirearms.com /RiflesModernMilitary.html   (7844 words)

 History of the Carcano rifle system
France had adopted in 1886 the sensational Lebel rifle, the first one to use a "smallbore", high-velocity, jacketed bullet, with far longer useful range, and with a large magazine capacity.
Late 1888: after the Austrian adoption of the M 1888 Mannlicher rifle, the Italian Ministry of War incaricates a commission of small arms, attached to the Central Infantery Shooting School in Parma, with the task of studying and proposing a new rifle.
One thousand prototype rifles of the modello uno (Torino) and the competing modello due (jointly made by Terni and Torre Annunziata) are distributed to troops for trials.
personal.stevens.edu /~gliberat/carcano/history.html   (1792 words)

The rifle was shortened 4 inches to comply with the British Commonwealth NRA rules after the SMLE was adopted in the early 1900s.
The rifle was rebarreled by one of the Commonwealth arsenals.
The rifle is a conversion of the M. 1851 Federal Percussion Stutzer.
www.collectiblefirearms.com /RiflesAntiqueCartridge.html   (7208 words)

 More Info on rifle scopes - - rifle scope - - riflescopes
Later, in 1893, the Lebel rifle's bolt was slightly modified leading to change the designation of the original Mle 1886 infantry rifle to: " Fusil Mle 1886-M93 ".
Ironically it was this design lengthened to rifle length which came in as an adjunct to the Lebel rifle in 1915 (the Mle 1907-15 Berthier rifle).
The Lebel remained the rifle of choice used by the French Foreign Legion,until the adoption of the MAS Mle 1936 rifle.
www.usgovernetics.com /Res-to-Ros/rifle_scopes.php   (1596 words)

 Collecting and Shooting the Military Surplus Rifle (2006) - Surplusrifle.com
It was all right in bolt action rifles and not a problem in a machinegun such as the Hotchkiss which held the cartridges in a rigid strip.
The rifle was known as the Mannlicher (Clip) Berthier (Rifle) or the M90 Berthier.
The M1917 rifle introduced that year was gas operated and fed from a five shot clip similar to the one already in service, but not interchangeable with it, naturally!
www.surplusrifle.com /shooting2005/frenchrifles/index.asp   (2237 words)

 French   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
Same rifle with the bolt open to show the India rubber annular obturating washer on the chamber end of the bolt that provided a combustion seal (of sorts for a while).
Modified in 1935 from rifles while waiting for the MAS 36 tooling to be completed.
MAS 1936/51 bolt action rifle with rod bayonet stored in forestock under the barrel and integral grenade launcher and sight.
www.oldrifles.com /French.htm   (350 words)

 M1886 Austrian Mannlicher
The then current Austrian infantry rifle, the Werndl, though a strong and safe action, was prone to severe fouling by heavy use which prevented the drum from rotating, and as a single shot was fast becomming obsolete.
The rifle went into full production at a time when 8mm cartridges were already showing greater potential and the radically new (the cartridge, not the rifle) Lebel 8mm smokeless rifle was making all of Europe's rifles obsolete.
Practically all of the M1886 rifles encountered in the US today (including the one shown here) were contract rifles for South America, principally Chile.
www.militaryrifles.com /Austria/86Mann.htm   (850 words)

 Model 1888 Commission or Gew 88 mauser rifle
Now, the Lebel, which used a tubular magazine located under the barrel was not a particularly noteworthy design, but the power and flat trajectory of the new French 8mm round far outclassed the 11mm Reichspatrone fl powder round used in the contemporary German infantry rifle, the Mauser 71/84.
Field trials for the new rifle were completed in November, 1888, and the GPK recommended that it be adopted immediately.
Overpressure issues were alleviated by deepening the rifling grooves on later guns and strengthening the chamber.
www.texastradingpost.com /m88/commission88.html   (962 words)

 8x50R Lebel (8mm Lebel)
French Lebel cases are Berdan primed and therefore cannot be decapped by modern reloading dies.
The Lebel's huge rim and ungainly shape made it poorly suited for use in weapons with a detachable box magazine, so in 1929 the French introduced the 7.5x54 MAS, a modern rimless cartridge, for use in their machine guns.
The 8x50R Lebel is important in the history of cartridge development for its pioneering use of smokeless powder and spitzer bullets, but its design was needlessly quirky even in its day.
www.chuckhawks.com /8mm_lebel.htm   (1080 words)

 85 French Kropatchek
The answer was the final refinement of the French 11mm rifle, the M1885 Kropatchek, known in France as the Chatellerault on account of the armory where it was developed and where all of the new-built M1885's were manufactured.
The M1885 was in service only a very brief time, being almost immediately supplanted by a refinement of the Mle1885 French Kropatchek, the nearly identical M1886 Lebel, a rifle of no great note, but chambered in the truly revolutionary 8mm Lebel smokeless powder cartridge.
The magazine cut-off lever for single shot use was operated by rotating a lever fitted into a depression on the top right of the receiver which was (or not, depending on its position) actuated by the base of the bolt.
www.militaryrifles.com /France/85FrKropat.htm   (651 words)

 REME Weapons Collection - French Rifles and Carbines
The bolt on a Lebel or Berthier requires a screwdriver to withdraw it from the rifle and is therefore more clumsy to dismantle.
The bolt is similar to that on the Lebel Rifle M1886, with the locking lugs turned through 90 degrees to feed from the Mannlicher type magazine.
The last modern bolt-action rifle to be introduced by a major army, the MAS 36 was intended to be passed down to second-line troops when the MAS 40 Autoloader completed trials and entered production.
www.rememuseum.org.uk /arms/rifles/armfrc.htm   (492 words)

 Historic Firearm of the Month, August 1999
Now, the Lebel, which used a tubular magazine located under the barrel was not a particularly noteworthy design, but the power and flat trajectory of the new French 8mm round far outclassed the 11mm Reichspatrone fl powder round
used in the contemporary German infantry rifle, the Mauser 71/84.
If you're going to shoot this rifle make sure you use 8x57J ammunition or, better yet, mild cast bullet handloads.
www.cruffler.com /historic-august99.html   (841 words)

 Lebel 1886
In 1886 the French Army introduced the Lebel rifle.
It was the world's first modern, mass-produced magazine rifle.
Another innovation was the use of smokeless gunpowder.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /FWWlebel.htm   (124 words)

 French Lebel Sling
For the French Gras, Chassepot, Berthier, or Lebels
Notice the two top examples are shown with slings attached.
Comments, corrections, questions, or if you have a rifle sling you would like to share with the world:
www.rollanet.org /~stacyw/French_Lebel_Sling.htm   (72 words)

 The international European WW1 living history forum :: View topic - Lebel Rifle M1886/93
Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 6:59 pm Post subject: Lebel Rifle M1886/93
A quick question which our French friends will undoubtedly be able to answer, did this weapon have a metal butt plate and if so what type of metal was it.
Thanks to your link I should now have a accurately painted Lebel rifle.
europeanww1lh.forumup.be /about150-0.html   (474 words)

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