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Lebel Model 1886 rifle

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Model 1886 Lebel rifle
Lebel Model 1886 Rifle
Country of origin

France

Weapon type

Rifle

Caliber

8mm Lebel

Action

Bolt-action

Overall length

1.3m

Barrel length

800mm

Weight empty

4.18 kg (unloaded)

Magazine/Cylinder capacity

8 round Tube magazine

Maximum effective range

3,200-4,200m


The Lebel Model 1886 is a bolt-action, magazine fed rifle used by the French Army from 1887 to 1940.

HistoryEdit

It was the first military rifle to use smokeless gun powder versus black powder. It served most notably in World War I. The rifle is chambered for the 8mm Lebel cartridge and had a 8 round tube magazine located under the barrel. It weighed 4.18 kg unloaded and was considered heavy, and long, by most soldiers, (although no more so than many of its contemporaries). The rifle was also found to be durable, reliable and accurate.

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