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Fusil Gras MLE 1874 Rifle

Chassepot Fusil Gras MLE 1874 Rifle

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Our Price: $399.99

Quantity in Stock:10
Product Code: GRAS0001

Complete W/ Rear Sight [Add $250.00]


Original French Gras rifles have finally arrived from Africa!

The rifles are in fair to good condition. Metal has some patina and/or minor rust pitting. The wood is all there but has some dents, dings or minor cracks. Please look at detailed pictures and the video below.

Many of these rifles and carbines have the rear sight missing. We do have several grades available. We have 4 variations available: the full length infantry rifle, cavalry carbine, Gendarmerie carbine, and artillery carbine.

Bolts are all functioning and trigger mechanism works as well. These rifles are about 130 to 140 years old. The firearms are considered an Antique and no FFL is required.

The Chassepot (pronounced "shas-poh"), officially known as Fusil modèle 1866, was a bolt action military breechloading rifle, famous as the arm of the French forces in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1871. It replaced an assortment of Minié muzzleloading rifles many of which were converted in 1864 to breech loading (the Tabatière rifles). A great improvement to existing military rifles in 1866, the Chassepot marked the commencement of the era of modern bolt action, breech-loading military rifles. Beginning in 1874, the rifle was easily converted to fire metallic cartridges (under the name of Gras rifle), a step which would have been impossible to achieve with the Dreyse needle rifle.

RT-Imports Video on the Chassepot-Gras Rifle Variations

Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Cool Rifle November 8, 2021
Reviewer: Ben from WI  
Received nice rifle with a rear sight and cleaning rod without paying extra (the other rifle I ordered did not, so I got lucky). Interestingly also hasn't received the m80 conversion. Some of the bolt matches but not all 3. The Ethiopian armorers had a interesting method of wedging these back together with leather and cotton cloth, so there is decomposed leather and fabric under the stock. Stocks humorously were also sanded so aggressively that the cleaning rod channel is exposed. These will looks good on the wall!

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Gras 1874 Standard Length August 8, 2020
Reviewer: Neslen from Dallas TX  
I am very happy with what I got, I was expecting to get a rusty pitted rifle that would be a wall hanger at best. I actually received a Gras that would make a good shooter(if you could find Ammo). The bore is in pretty good condition, only a bit worn with minor pitting. I got one with the original 31 inch barrel, not cut down, rear sight even though I ordered one without it, and it doesn't have the m80 cut, these are all features I wanted. I got exactly what I what I wanted, so I would recommend it for the price, though these can vary so there is no guarantee you will get exactly what you want, I just rolled the dice and won.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Gras 1874 June 9, 2020
Reviewer: Jared from Fort Laramie, WY  
Interesting rifle.  Looks like it was shorted at some point and bayonet lug braised back on a bit offset.  Bolt is not matching but works well.  The sights looks to be reconfigured for the "repair/reconfiguration" for the barrel length with a new notch ground in rear sight.  Stock is in remarkable good shape but all of original French marks are worn off.  Bore is not bad at all. A piece of history.

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