The First Trendy Navy Rifle: The Modele 1886 Lebel

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Wonko
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Thank you for explaining why Battlefield has that weird reload animation

Spud_Explosions?
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Looks like the month marking on the stock is "Avril", or April. At least as far as I can tell.

Wernerrrrr
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Flawed firearms are the most interesting.

Taylor Kelly
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Very satisfied to know how a Lebel actually cycles now. Been puzzled by that one for a while.

Bruce McCreary
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Why are the sight notches cut offset to the left side of center of the rifle and why is the front sight correspondingly machined left of the center of the rifle? Did this allow for drift of the bullet as it dropped below supersonic flight?

newdefsys
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beautiful, gorgeous, magnifique

James Harrison
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Been waiting so long for this video. I've wanted to know how the reload works after using it in Battlefield 1. It's so unusual and cool.

H3x4r35
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december 06 2017Gentlemen,As you may know, the subject is becoming more and more french as time passes. First it was interest for France's weaponry and military history. Then he trimmed his goatee to look exactly like Napoleon the third. Next he began showing disdain for German engineering and other kraut's space magic. He was observed wearing french combat gear and camo. And became belligerent against those making surrender jokes about the french army. He also learned how to roll R's prrrretty quickly when speaking.But it got worse.What was initialy considered an innocent whim became a source of concern when he… Read more »
ziggy 2shus
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ALACRITY……Had to look it up!!!!!

Nerd Invasion
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More Polish Firearms!

alec
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Ian looks like he's about to try to sell me on a mysterious health elixir in the American wild west…I love it

UseableJet2747 1942
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Any chance you could do a video on the Kropatschek 1886? The internet is surprisingly devoid of useful information on it. I've got one myself, but only know a little about it. Thanks Ian, you're awesome!

tabachoy 50
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I came to this video because it was titled “lebel” which is my favorite BF1 sniper gun

StPaul76
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The buttstock, trigger guard and the trigger looks like from an 18th century musket. Even though there is something elegant in the loading system one can't help but to think how underarmed the French infantry was against the German clip-fed, rugged, ballistically overpowered Mauser 98's and their Maxim guns.. And still the french fought all the way till the end.

Samuel Churchill
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Pretty ridiculous that someone higher up in the system expected people to be able to see a target through a sight at 2400 meters let alone hit it accurately at that range. What were they thinking? I get that that was still doctrine at the time, that veing long range engagements, but seriously? 2400 meters?

DisheveledSuccess
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Like for casual gun themed T-shirt!

Wolvenworks
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i still want to buy a Lebel someday. or make one. whichever comes as convenient first

robzombie1845
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does the needle gun not count as the first modern military rifle

Crossington
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YAAAASSSSS I have been waiting years for this episode.

koolkitty8989
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It's worth noting that the first couple decades of commercially viable smokeless powder manufacture (namely based on Johann F. E. Schultze's work, with initial patents made in the 1860s and production beginning around the end of that decade, with expanded production in England beginning in the 1870s) were valuable only in terms of their relatively smokeless and fouling-free combustion. The high burn rate and harsh pressure curves made those powders only suitable for shotguns and pistols, at least at the successful commercial level. (hypothetically, you could have used them in military rifle cartridges within the pressure constraints of later, first-gen… Read more »
Matthew Dobbs
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My favorite rifle..truly classic…vive la difference!

koolkitty8989
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Too bad they didn't just adapt the Gras rifles to 8mm as an interim measure and go from there. (if they did that and didn't even bother with the tube-fed repeater variant, they also wouldn't have needed to go with a flat-nosed bullet initially, or put so much design effort into a specialized spitzer upgrade later on) Having a bunch of upgraded, relatively inexpensive single-shot rifles around to then replace again when a really modern repeater was refined would be much more logistically attractive than what happened with so many expensive Lebels already in service. (switching to a new cartridge… Read more »
Marshall Lee
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"Alacrity" – brisk and cheerful readiness. New word of the day for me. thanks.

John1911 Gun Blog
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It’s like a double-ghost-load.

Alejandro Medina
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Hello Ian. one question: is that Lebel yours?

Synthusiast
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Need a glass of French wine.

Zeekat
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finaly a lection on Ian's favorite rifle 😀

Kibbey Stovall
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Ian makes a small error when describing the Belgian Mauser model of 1889 when he describes it as having a "double stack" internal magazine.  That is not true.  The Belgian 1889, like the very similar Argentine 1891, had a SINGLE stack five round magazine which extended below the stock in front of the trigger guard.  I'm sure Ian knows this, and it was a momentary slip of the tongue when describing how the Mauser actions did eventually adopt the double stack flush magazine with the M1893 Spanish rifle.

Cermak
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Is it my eyes or are the sights offset to the left a little?

Brian Korn
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Looks at invisible watch twice

Joseph Sharkey
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I noticed at 31:00 that there are 2 notches cut in the bottom of the cocking piece. I'm assuming that they interact with the sear, but why are there 2?

Mike Brown
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It is to my eternal shame, having watched God knows how many of your French military arms videos, that it is only on seeing the serial of this particular 1881 Lebel that I finally realise that MAS stands for Saint Etienne (as in the MAS-49) and that MAT stands for Tulle (as in MAT-49). Now I know that in French arms terms this is basic stuff that you have probably explained a million times but tonight was the moment I had my personal Damascene moment!

browndd
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Welp Ian's got his hands on another one of them French rifles. Get comfy and buckle up folks we're gonna be here awhile JK. In all honesty, though I actually prefer these longer videos regardless of the firearm. The more gun porn the better.

knives fan
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314299 shooting channel just did a a review of some available 8x50R lebel amunition made by PPU.

Costantino Andruzzi
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So, basically, all cartridges are inserted "in Indian file" into the rifle's tube magazine… And, just as a side note, the French term for stacking rod is "quillon".

Ng June Lam
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The changes are real starting from this.

The Crimson Fucker
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Tula? wut? Tula's Russian, no?

Aki Laukkanen
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That Suomi KP in the background tho.
#torillatavataan

Mikhael Beauparlant
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Wonderful video Ian! Keep it up! I love that stuff with lots of information!

rosco1151
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I've been wondering for a while now what the deal was with the weird reload animation on this gun in Battlefield 1.
Should've known it'd only be a matter of time before Gun Jesus had a video explaining it!
Great video as always, Ian

Lobster11
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I get a kick out of Ian’s enthusiasm for this. It’s awesome to watch

Riad Haidar
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The french lost their mojo when it comes to small arms

Andrew Waterman
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Open the bolt "with some alacrity." As with so many aspects of life…

Erik Wong
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stripper clips may be better but 8+1+1 is pretty good capacity

J-P huard
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Wow very complete video!

holey smoke
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A lot of these came back from Afghanistan with US forces. If the barrel date was over 1898 (making the only date on it over 1898 and thus "not an antique" in the eyes of the MP's), it would be redated by the Afghan merchants with a hand stamped 1888 (only needs two stamps, 1 & 8). Then the MP's would pass it as an antique and issue the paperwork needed to get it home. Some MP's wouldn't issue paperwork for Lebels at all- saying "If you can't drop a 9mm round down the barrel it is too new to… Read more »
Dor Aran
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Any information about flat nosed 8mm Lebel ammo made Kynoch? [Such as when made and for whom.]

woodsman forlife
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Once again: Outstanding!
Thank you!

Josh C
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Bout time!

William Hart
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Video on the first smokeless powder rifle cool Ian thanks.

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