SYNDICAT LIEGEOIS POUR LA FABRICATION DES ARMES DE GUERRE

SYNDICAT LIEGEOIS POUR LA FABRICATION DES ARMES DE GUERRE

Its members were:

- Jules ANCION & Co.

- DRESSE, LALOUX & Co.

- Auguste FRANCOTTE.

- PIRLOT & FRESART.

Three trademarks were deposited in Liege (n° 316, 317 and 318), March 31, 1884.

   

 

Syndicat Liégeois d’Armes de Guerre

Scarce Belgian single shot, breech loading Comblain M.1882 military rifle (Fusil d'Infanterie de la Garde Civique Mle 1882).

The rifle utilizes the breech with a locking block that moves up and down. The locking block is activated by a lever, which also serves as a trigger guard. Two steel barrel bands configuration with a nose cap. Steel receiver. Adjustable rear sights. Ramp and leaf sight graduated to 1400 meters (sighted for the new, higher velocity M.1880 cartridge).

The breech displays a regimental, or issue markings, "BD 169". The right side of the receiver displays wording, "Comblain Brevete", over a number of unknown meaning, "102576". The Liege proof marks are stamped on major steel parts of the rifle. Belgian government property mark is stamped on the right side of the receiver, "GB in the Oval" (Gouvernement Belge). The left side of the buttstock displays a very nice maker's cartouche with following wording, "Syndicat Liégeois Armes de Guerre" around very stylish letters, "SL". The right side of the buttstock displays a nice Belgian military property cartouche with following wording, "Garde Civique 1882" around the "Crown over ...(fading)". There are also two smaller cartouches stamped on the right side of the buttstock, most likely indicating Belgian government ownership of the rifle. Several other Belgian marks and proofs are stamped on the various parts of the rifle.

The bayonet lug for the saber type bayonet is located on the right side of the front barrel band.

Overall length: 49.50 inch. Barrel length: 34.50 inch.

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