Tuesday 6 July 2010

Chassepot - Fusil modèle 1866

Image - Garde national au siège de Paris, posant avec un fusil Chassepot - more images here
Wiki on the rifle here - first used against Garibaldi at the battle of Mentana - in the Franco-German war it outranged the Dreyse needle gun by 2-1.
Interesting English language article on the gun here

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