Lebel 1886

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Lebel Mle 1886

Lebel Model 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel
Lebel Model 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel

The Lebel Model 1886 Rifle, or known officially as Fusil Modèle 1886, is a French 8mm bolt action rifle which has the distinction of being the first military rifle designed to use smokeless powder cartridges. It incorporated some of the latest advances in rifle design at the time. A bolt head with two opposed front locking lugs that locked into the receiver and cammed surface on the rear of the receiver bridge providing positive extraction. The Lebel rifle was adopted in April 1887 and remained in service in the French Army until World War II, although its tube magazine had long become an obsolete feature. In 1893, the slightly improved Fusil Modèle 1886-M93 was introduced and nearly all earlier rifles were upgraded to the new standard. The Lebel Model 1886 rifle had a 8+2-round capacity and also mounted a spike bayonet. It was manufactured beginning in 1887 until May 1920. The total number of Lebel rifles manufactured at 2,880,000 units.

Due to the lack of unconverted examples and the fact that the M93 version is visually indistinguishable, most if not all film and television appearances of the Lebel rifle are the 1886-M93 version.

Specifications

  • Fusil Modèle 1886-M93 Rilfe.
  • Caliber: 8x50mmR
  • Length: 51.36 inches (130.45 cm)
  • Barrel Length: 31.44 inches (79.85 cm)
  • Capacity: 10 rounds (8 in the under barrel tube-magazine, 1 in the transporter, and 1 in the chamber. Though French Army doctorate was to only load it with 8 rounds.)
  • Weight: 9.73 pounds (4.41 kg)
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,000 - 2,300 feet per second (609 - 701 meters per second)
  • Maximum Range: 3,500 - 4,500 yards (3200 - 4100 meters)

The Lebel 1886 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Verdun: Visions of History French soldiers 1928
Westfront 1918 French soldiers 1930
Shock Troop French soldiers 1934
The Fighting 69th French troops 1940
Sergeant York French troops 1941
Casablanca Moroccan soldiers 1942
The Battle of the Rails (La bataille du rail) French Resistance fighters, German soldiers 1946
Paths of Glory French soldiers 1957
Paths of Glory Joe Turkel Private Pierre Arnaud 1966
55 Days at Peking French and Italian troops 1963
Mata Hari, Agent H21 French soldiers 1964
Weekend at Dunkirk French soldiers 1964
Shock Troops (Un homme de trop) Resistance fighters 1967
Two Comrades Were Serving (Sluzhili dva tovarishcha) Red Army soldiers 1968
The Intervention (Interventsiya) French soldiers 1969
On a Comet The sailor on a Hikmet's ship 1970
The Old Gun (Le vieux fusil) Vichy militia and maquisards 1975
The Wind and the Lion French colonial troops 1975
March or Die Terence Hill Marco Segrain 1977
Jack O'Halloran Ivan
Max von Sydow Francois Marneau
French Foreign Legionnaires
All Quiet on the Western Front French Soldiers 1979
The Big Red One Vichy French troops 1980
The Ace of Aces (L'As des as) French soldiers 1982
Sahara French soldiers 1983
The Razor's Edge Belgian soldiers 1984
Fort Saganne Gérard Depardieu Lt Charles Saganne 1984
French and Arabic soldiers
Capitaine Conan French soldiers 1996
Legionaire Jean Claude Van Damme Alain Lefevre 1998
The Mummy Brendon Fraser Rick O'Connell 1999
The Mummy Returns Cultist 2001
Days of Glory Mathieu Simonet Corporal Leroux Lebel Model 1886 M93 M27 2006
Flyboys French troops 2006
City 44 Józef Pawlowski Stefan Zawadzki 2014
Grzegorz Daukszewicz "Miki"
Wonder Woman French soldiers 2017

Television

Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Born by Revolution: On the Night of the 20th (Rozhdyonnaya revolyutsiey: V noch na 20-e) Moscow People's Militia members Seen in documentary footage 1976
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Sean Patrick Flanery Indiana Jones 1992-1993
Lenin...The Train French soldiers 1988
Atonement French troops 2007

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro lying on the floor 1979
Saga of Tanya the Evil Francois Republic's regular infantry 2017


Video Games

Game Title Mods Notations Release Date
World War II Online: Battleground Europe . With and without APX Mle 1921 scope 2001-2012
Battlefield: 1918 2004
Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 "Lebel" 2014
Verdun "Fusil Mle 1886 M93 Lebel" 2015
Battlefield 1 "Lebel Model 1886" "They Shall Not Pass" DLC 2016

R.S.C. Mle 1917

R.S.C. Model 1917 - 8x50mmR Lebel
R.S.C. Model 1918 - 8x50mmR Lebel

The Ribeyrolles, Sutter and Chauchat (R.S.C.) Model 1917 Semi-automatic Rifle, also known as the Fusil Automatique (F.A.) Model 1917, was a variant of the Lebel 1886 produced during World War I to give the French soldier an edge on the battlefield. Although 85,000 rifles were produced during the war, it was criticized for being too heavy and too long, and it was accused of being too difficult to maintain in a trench enviroment. It also needed a special five-round clip. An improved version, the R.S.C. M1918, was shorter, and used the standard five-round clip of the Berthier rifle. This variant proved itself during the Rif War.

Specifications

R.S.C. Model 1917

  • Caliber: 8x50mmR
  • Length: 52.4 inches (133cm)
  • Barrel Length: 31.4 inches (79.75 cm)
  • Weight: 11.6 pounds (5.26 kg)
  • Capacity: 5 rounds

R.S.C. Model 1918

  • Caliber: 8x50mmR
  • Length: 43.25 inches (109.85 cm)
  • Barrel Length: 22.85 inches (58 cm)
  • Weight: 10.5 pounds (4.76 kg)
  • Capacity: 5 rounds

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Saga of Tanya the Evil Republican mages M1917 2017


Video Games

Game Title Mods Notations Release Date
Battlefield: 1918 M1917 2004
Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 RSC M1917 2014
Verdun "RSC 1917" "RSC 1918" M1917, M1918 2015
Battlefield 1 "RSC 1917" "They Shall Not Pass" DLC 2016



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