All Matching Numbers WWI French Berthier Carbine

All Matching Numbers WWI French Berthier Carbine

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An all matching numbers French Berthier MLE 1892 - M16 Carbine. Manufactured by Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Tulle. The M16 was first 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. This little carbine was arsenal reworked in 1923 and completed in 1924. Note the armorers repairs to the stock the wood infill where the cleaning rod once located on the left hand side. This carbine would have seen action 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 including the Luftwaffe. The "N" on the receiver denotes it was upgraded to the more powerful 8mm Lebel cartridge. A great condition carbine with lots of history.


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