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Jean Falla

The manufacturer of the barrels

The mark of Jean FALLA, manufacturer of barrels of rifles, Rue Bonne Nouvelle, 35 in Liege is partially visible on the guns (see mark in appendix)

The company Jean FALLA was registered with the bench of test of Liege of 1931 to 1953.

The manufacturer of the weapon

This weapon, a shotgun juxtaposed, hammerless, with top key and stick of drowning English style is a whole of scattered parts (guns - locks - wood) joined together by a small arms manufacturer of Liège who did not judge good to sign his work.

The practice was very current in the many small workshops of Liège of the time, which I locate between 1931 and 1968, guns having been able to be gone up after the disappearance of factory FALLA in 1953!



This weapon is a shotgun to juxtaposed unrifled bores, locks hammerless, key top lever, English stick, the engraving of locks is also in the English style.

It carries the punches of the proof house of Liege to knowing

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance, use of 1893 to 1968.

Surmounted statement of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, use of 1898 to 1968.

12-70 in large C: gauge nominal and length of the casing, post 1924.

Manufacturer (of the barrels ?)

The manufacturer of the barrels and perhaps of the complete weapon is Jean FALLA already evoked on the site.

He used in particular steel POLDI NICKEL STEEL KLADNO JF and the head of woman in an oval is well its mark just like JF crowned.

This company manufactured barrels of rifles but also complete weapons.

Mention GASTINNE RENETTE was registered after purchase of the weapon by this famous Parisian arms manufacturer who wanted to benefit from the keen prices inhabitant of Liège.


Many thanks to Douglas for the photos.

Jean Falla

Jean Falla

The weapon

It is about a shotgun to locks H&H hammerless, key top lever, juxtaposed unrifled bores gauges 12. Engraving and the stick are of English type.


It carries the punches of the proof house of Liege following:

Spangled ELG in a crowned oval: acceptance (1893/1968)

12-70 in large C: gauge nominal and length of the casing (post 1924)

1 kg 270 and 1 kg 287: weight of the guns which can draw from the powders without smoke (weapons smooth) post 1924.

Peron: inspection (post 1853)

G spangled and Y spangled: countermarks of the controllers (1877/1968)

EL in cursive letters: provisional test (post 1852)

CHOKE 18.3: chokes guns: cal. to 22 cm of the breech (1924/1968)

PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke (1898/1968)

Greek letter: yearly letter of 1957 on a barrel.

Letter O: yearly letter of 1976 on the other barrel.

6015: job number.


Jean FALLA was a manufacturer of weapons and manufacturer of barrels in Liege Street New Bonne, 35.

He used in particular the trade mark and engraved with the serrated roller “head of eagle - Acier comprimé CAP JF” It acted of a steel high strength allowing the manufacture of extra-light barrels.

J.FALLA was largely evoked on the site.


Does the difference in dating (1957 and 1976) challenge me a little, I suppose that there will have been a change of barrel at a certain time or although the manufacturer would have used an old gun??

Wasn't the photograph showing the marks of the guns very clear (blow of flash - incomplete mark) I thus issue some reserves with the possible mark of another manufacturer, FALLA having perhaps manufactured only the guns?