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French Model 1874 Fusil Gras .59 Caliber Rifle

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The French Model 1874 Fusil Gras Rifle was the primary issued rifle to French Military Forces in the 1870s. The weapon would be seen in use all the way into World War II (1940s). The initial designed Model was a .59 Caliber Brass Cartridge. A Bolt Action, they weighed 9-pounds and were52-inches long. Over 475,000 Model 1874s were manufactured. Supporting a specialized ''Sword'' Bayonet measuring 3-feet, The Fusil Gras was copied by The Imperial German Army (Mauser Class). They were a reliable, and hearty Military Rifle.

 

The maximum effective range of The Model 1874 was 1,100-yards. Re-manufactured many time to keep up with changing caliber variations, it was a popular weapon with many smaller National Armies.