Category : Rifles

Rifle: French Modèle 1886 M93 “Lebel”

French-lebel-M1886-Tilt

Rifle Fusil Modèle 1886 M93 Manufacturer Various
Cartridge 8x50mmR Lebel Overall Length 51.2″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 31.5″
Magazine 8 rnd tube mag +1 carrier Weight 9.2 lbs

 

This is the beginning of the smokeless revolution, the gun that changes military repeaters for generations and gives us the first taste of the truly modern cartridge.  Sadly, the “Lebel” rifle just wasn’t as advanced as its cartridge and would give a middling performance over its rather long service life.

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French Rifles

All right, because there was an overflow of basic questions about these rifles we’ll go ahead and get a little feature going to help with comparing them and getting a sense of their scale.  If there is anything else you’d like to ask, please do!  For anyone unsure of what this is about check out or collaborative video!

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Rifle: Soviet Mosin-Nagant M91/30

Russian Mosin Nagant M91-30 Old tilt

Rifle Mosin M91/30 Manufacturer Tula, Izhevsk
Cartridge 7.62x54mmR Overall Length 48.5″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 28.8″
Magazine 5 rnd charger fed Weight 8.8 lb

 

All right, I’m sure everyone reading this site is familiar with the Mosin-Nagant M91/30 rifle.  It is easily the most common surplus arm available in the U.S. and for those overseas I’m sure you see us posting plenty of images of these things.  But the M91/30 does have its own history and despite how many you might run into, there are still some rare and unusual variations out there.

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Rifle: Austro-Hungarian Steyr-Mannlicher M.95

Austrian Steyr Mannlicher M1895-30 Tilt

Rifle Mannlicher M.95 Manufacturer Various
Cartridge 8x50mmR, 8x56mmR Overall Length 50.1″
Action Straight Pull Bolt Barrel Length 30″
Magazine 5 rnd enbloc Weight 8.3 lb

 

The Austro-Hungarian Empire kept up with the smokeless revolution in fits and spurts, but finally settled on an elegant and unusual rifle in Ferdinand Mannlicher’s Model 1895 rifle.  These guns would serve reliably all the way through WWII.

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Rifle: Russian Mosin-Nagant Model 1891

Russian Rifle Mosin Nagant M1891 Tilt

Rifle Mosin 1891 Manufacturers Various
Cartridge 7.62x54mmR Overall Length 51.5″
Action Rotation Bolt Barrel Length 30.5″
Magazine 5 rnds, stripper clip Weight 9 lbs

 

It’s fair to say everyone interested in old guns has a passing familiarity with the Mosin-Nagant.  But the adoption of the first Mosin, the 1891, was shrouded in military secrecy and then obscured by political turmoil over decades to come.  Especially for us sitting in the West, there is a lot unsaid about this classic service rifle.

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