S&W Hand Ejector 1st Model snubnose revolver
Manufactured by Smith and Wesson starting in 1896.
.32 S&W Long six-round swing-out cylinder, double action.
The first swing-out revolver produced by Smith and Wesson. Also called the Model 1 or M1896.
- Fusil Mle1886M93 Lebel, the main infantry rifle of the French army for most of World War 1.
- Fusil Mle1907/15 Berthier, the successor of the Lebel, using en-bloc clips and upgraded from a three-round to a five-round capacity in 1916.
- Mousqueton Mle1890 Berthier, the first Berthier rifle adopted by the French army when first faced with the impossibility of shortening the Lebel.
- Mousqueton Mle1892 Berthier, the first upgrade that saw widespread issue to both mounted and artillery troops.
- Mousqueton Mle1892M16 Berthier, the 5-round upgrade to the Berthier carbine, note the magazine sticking out of the stock.
- Adrien helmet M15 of the zouaves and tirailleurs regiments, with the telltale mustard paint.
- MAS Mle1873 revolver, the first French infantry centerfire handgun.
- MAS Mle1892 revolver, its successor with a swing-out cylinder, replaced by the Ruby pistol in World War 1.
- Adrian helmet M15 of the infantry, the base model.
- Fusil Mle1874M80M14, the predecessor of the Lebel rifle rechambered to use the new 8mm Lebel round.
- Fusil Automatique RSC Mle1917, the first semi-automatic rifle to be used by infantry in significant number.
- Petard-Raquette grenade, a soldier-made explosive device to supplement the lack of, you know, actual grenades that didn’t suck so much.
- Grenade Mle1914, a Mle1847 grenade with a simple time fuse activated by ripping a pin from a wood plug using a leather brace.
- Grenade Tromblon Viven-Bessiere, used in the VB grenade launcher muzzle attachment for Lebel rifles.
- Grenade P1 Mle1915, an impact grenade with a spoon-shaped aluminium plunger and a distinctive pear-like appearance.
- Hotchkiss 37mm HE round, for use in various guns like the 37mm Mle1916 TRP and Puteaux SA 18.
- First row of Adrian M15 helmets : infantry - grenade; engineer - breastplate and helmet; medical corp - rod of Asclepius and laurels; chasseurs alpins - French horn.
- Second row of Adrian M15 helmets : artillery - grenade and crossed canons; Czech legion - Czech crest; medical corp officer - prewar rod of Asclepius design; chasseurs alpins officer - prewar French horn design.
- Adrian helmet M15 of the Coloniale.
Lindsay 1863 double musket
Patented in 1860 and manufactured in 1863 in New York for the Union Army.
.58 cap and ball, two superposed shot, two hammers dropped sequentially by a single trigger. The first pull drops the right hammer, firing the front load, the second pull drops the left hammer, firing the rear load.
A bizarre rifled musket adopted by the US military, on paper it could double the firepower of a soldier. In practice however i required careful loading of both powder charges and bullets to be in their right position, and the front load would often not ignite due to the long flash channel getting fouled up and blocking the percussion cap’s blast. This could lead in disastrous misfire if the rear load was fired before the front one, often resulting in the explosion of the breech.
About a thousand were used at the battle of Peeble’s Farm before it was dropped from use due to its poor performance.
Manufactured by L. Joalland & Cie in Bourges, France c.mid-1850′s - “Pistolet à aiguille système Joalland pour cartouche en papier” - no serial number.
.40/10mm centerfire paper cartridge, single shot rotating-bolt needle-fire.
A very odd almost retro-futuristic pair of pistol which saw limited production around the 1850-60′s when needle guns were en vogue.
The trigger mechanism is linked to the bolt and rotates 45° to the right, allowing it all to be pulled back to cock the firing mechanism. After the bolt is put back into place, pulling the trigger releases the needle-like firing pin - visible protruding from the bolt face just above - to pierce the paper cartridge and hit its percussion cap, firing the gun.
Baucheron air rifle
Manufactured by Baucheron in Paris, France c.1823-1856 and engraved by Langlois - serial numbers are for poor people.
7,65mm ball, single shot single action air rifle, takedown neoclassical stock.
It’s hard to think there was a time in history when firearms could be works of art and high-tech pieces of equipment in one sexy package.
Le Centenaire knuckle-duster pistol
Manufactured by a French gunsmith at the N°5 Boulevard de Strasbourg in Paris, France c.1889 - serial number 25.
.22RF Short single shot brass barrel, brass knuckles and steel lock plate with steel trigger and bar-hammer - the single action firing mechanism is made of only four pieces including these two, the others being two springs.
A small self-defense weapon made to commemorate the centennial of the French revolution, a sort of little brother to the Apache revolver.
Grenade Mle 1914
Designed c.1847 upgraded with a better fuse c.1882, internal fragmentation grooves and a bronze fuse plug c.1914.
1,2kg with 110g of either black powder or cheddite explosive, five second friction time fuse activated by pulling on the “tire-feu” leather brace.
So on one hand this grenade had more defaults than features, on the other it looks so fucking cool and old-timey. I was finally phased out to only serve as sling/catapult projectile in 1916 with the introduction of the F1 Mle1916B, which looks and work like every grenades we have today.