Deactivated WWI Berthier Mle 1892

Deactivated WWI Berthier Mle 1892

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A First World War French Mle 1892 Berthier carbine. This example dates to 1912 and was manufactured by St Etienne. The Mle was issued and used in the Great War, being used by frontline troops, it was ideally suited for trench warfare. 1916 saw the magazine capacity upgraded to five-round charger-loading from three after concerns were raised by troops during trench raiding parties. The three shot capacity put French soldiers at disadvantage when fighting against Germans armed with 5-shot Mauser Gew98 & KAR98s. Note the armorers repairs to the stock the wood infill where the cleaning rod once located on the left hand side, a sure sign of active service. They saw action again during WWII with French ground forces and in the hands of partisans. German forces captured plenty MLE's and issued them among their own troops. Deactivated with a working action it can be cocked, stripped and dry fired.

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Product Code: 1BEP5