Original French Model 1866 Chassepot Needle Fire Rifle Dated 1872 - Matching Serial No 32050
Original Item: Only One Available. Despite the fact that the French needle fire Chassepot rifle was far superior to the needle fire Prussian Dreyse rifle, the French took a swift and decisive beating in the war of 1870-71.
In fairness to the French, the defeat was due to Napoleon III's foolhardiness in allowing himself to get captured at the Battle of Sedan and the show was then over.
The Chassepot rifle of 1866 was a single shot bolt-action rifle and was among the best of it's kind in 1866. It was quickly surpassed, principally by the British Martini-Henry, and was obsoleted in 1874 with the introduction of the metallic cartridge Gras Rifle that was in turn superseded in 1886 with the Lebel Rifle.
Our example here is dated 1872, and is marked MANUFACTURE Châtellerault and is in fine condition with a polished steel finish, un-blued, as it was originally issued. Needle firing pin is unfortunately sheared off a few mm past the bolt. The rifle comes complete with all matched serial numbers 32050 on all locations, even the cleaning rod!. The rifle bears French proofs along with French military and acceptance markings. The stock wood has a fair amount of "curl" in the grain, making this a real "peach"!
This is a wonderful and unique example of a rare ignition system making it a rare and sought antique rifle.
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