French "Lebel" / "St. Etienne" Revolver, Cal. 8mm French Ordnance
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Category: Handguns - European Revolvers - Handguns - French Revolvers
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Seller: Antique & Modern Firearms, Inc.
Company: Antique & Modern Firearms, Inc.
Member Since: 4/27/15
First Name: Charles
Last Name: Layson
Country: United States
Phone: (859) 276-1419
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The modèle (mle.) 1892 is commonly referred to as the “Lebel” revolver or the “St. Etienne.” The latter makes sense as the revolvers are stamped “St. Étienne” but the former is a misunderstanding as Nicholas Lebel does not appear to have played a part in their development. Production began in its namesake year and continued until 1924. Barrels have been dated up to 1930 and the manufacture date is stamped right on the barrel, so no confusion for collectors. M1892s served with the French armed forces through WWI until they were officially retired in 1935. WWII, however, had other ideas and the pistols were not completely replaced until after 1945. In many places formally under French rule they remained in service well into the 1960s. Commercial models, Belgian, and Spanish-made copies also abound with slight variations of fitting, markings, and caliber. Using the mle. 1892 is a mix of old and new revolver styles. The internal mechanism should be very familiar to American shooters but the operation will seem a bit odd. To load the gun pull back on the lever on the right side of the frame behind the cylinder; yes the one that looks exactly like a loading gate. This, surprisingly, will release the swing-out cylinder which opens out of the right side of the revolver. This is a left-handed shooters dream. Insert your ammo, close the cylinder and you’re ready to fire. The revolver may be used in single or double action. Once done the spent casings are ejected using a single ejecting rod set in the center of the cylinder. Ultimately the mle. 1892 is a revolver that pushed home some wonderful ideas and really could have been one of the great military side arms of history if not for a few oversights. The revolver is light, rugged, and shows a clear departure from the earlier European designs. Its action is simple and effective and disassembly and maintenance are a piece of cake given its swing-open frame. This 1921 vintage Model 1892 is the nicest one we have had, retaining 95% of its original finishes, with near excellent grips (has a few very minor handling marks), and perfectly functioning action, which has a very tight lock-up and perfectly functioning swing out cylinder and side-plate. All screw-heads are un-molested and the lanyard moves freely. If your looking for one of these interesting French revolvers, you will want to buy this one. PRICE: $550 We are Antique & Modern Firearms in Lexington, KY, dealer of fine firearms since 1974. PH. 859-276-1419 We Buy, Sell and Trade Firearms & Knives. Have a Individual Firearm, Firearms Collection, or Firearms Estate to sell, let us know, we can buy or consignment sell it for you. (sales at am-firearms)