Mle 1886 M93 Lebel rifle

Designed by a French commission following general Boulanger’s demands in 1885, based on the previous Gras-Kropatschek rifles. Adopted c.1886, manufactured starting c.1887 by all major French national factories.
8x50mmR Lebel 8-round tubular magazine +1 chambered +1 in the lift, bolt action repeater.

France’s military rifle for a good 60 years, named after colonel Nicolas Lebel who submitted the jacketed bullet idea, the Mle1886 rifle was the first smokeless powder rifle in full military service, one of the first repeating rifles in full military service and later the first one to use spitzer bullets.


Poilu, 297e Régiment d’Infanterie
Field portrait of a fully equipped French infantryman from 297e Régiment d’Infanterie circa 1916. This regiment was formed at the outbreak of the Great War and participated in the fighting in the Alsace region at the end of 1914. Around the time this photo was taken, the regiment was fighting at Verdun, in particular in the area of Thiaumont.