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Chassepot Fusil Gras Calvary Carbine

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Our Price: $349.99

Quantity in Stock:3
Product Code: GRAS0002

Hand Select - All Matching Numbers [Add $200.00]
Hand Select - Best Rear Sight Condition [Add $200.00]


Original French Gras rifles have finally arrived from Africa!

The rifles and carbines are in fair condition. Metal has some patina and/or minor rust pitting. Most of the finish is worn on these rifles. The wood is will have the typical dings, dents, scratches, etc of military used firearms. The stocks may be cracked in some spots such as the wrist area, but generally they can be repaired with some effort and time. Don't miss this chance to get a Gras carbine at a huge discount! Please look at detailed pictures and the video below.

Please note: the rear sight may missing on the standard price Gras carbines.

The firearms are considered an Antique and no FFL is required. Photo ID required for age verification. Please send a photo of your ID to ffl@rtifirearms.com along with your order number. Thank you for your business!

New to RTI! We now have All Matching Serial Number Gras carbines available! All metal parts will be numbers matching with this option. We only have a select few rifles in this rare condition, get yours today before it's too late!

We do offer a Hand-Select fee for $599.99 total to get the most intact rear sight assembly we have available.

Bolts are all functioning and trigger mechanism works as well. These rifles are about 130 to 140 years old.

A Brief History of the Chassepot Fusil Gras rifles:

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: 11 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Surprisingly Good Carbine March 27, 2023
Reviewer: Kevin from California  
This was my first major conservation project purchase from RTI. The metal cleaned up well and no parts were missing. Some stock repair was needed, but accomplished without issue. Rifling and chamber are in good condition and has proven to be a decent shooter. The only thing missing was the roundel which had fallen out prior to me receiving it. As a conservation project and fun range shooter, I would recommend.

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4 of 5 French Fusil Gras calvary carbine January 1, 2023
Reviewer: JimBo from Lawton, Oklahoma  
I am stoked! I received a very nice example with no cracks in the wood. The metal is in the white, no pitting or rust, good rifling and a shiny bore!. Everything seems to function fine.  I wish I could find some ammo! Great peice of History! Has Ethiopian markings on the barrel and receiver. No cleaning rod or rear sight as expected. Non matching numbers. Worth the $350.00 price tag! Ships to your home, no ffl needed.

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5 of 5 Great piece for your French milsurp collection November 1, 2022
Reviewer: Darren  
I bought mine during the sale, and I was overall very satisfied with what I got.  Absolutely no cracks, minimal wear and tear (fixable with a little TLC), no loose parts, mechanically functions with snap caps.  No looseness in any of the remaining components.  Operates smooth as butter.
The only missing parts were the cleaning rod and the rear sight, as expected.  The bore is... not great not terrible, but exceeded what I was expecting for such an old piece.  Fun collector's item, highly recommend, especially during a sale.

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4 of 5 Worth it for the price October 2, 2022
Reviewer: Julian T from NC  
I bought this during the labor day sale. Rear sight is missing, non-matching. The metal is in good condition as is the bore. Cleaning rod is missing, and there appears to be broken wood as if someone pushed the cleaning rod in too deep. The wood is in rough shape and very dirty. Cool Ethiopian stamps on the receiver, and an etched cross on the bolt which is neat. Overall for the price I am satisfied and would recommend.

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3 of 5 Wasn’t quite what I expected. September 23, 2022
Reviewer: Shane from KS  
I purchased one of these during the flash sale. It was missing the rear sight and cleaning rod, which I expected. Bore I would definitely give it a solid 8/10. Metal was all good and had roughly 50 percent of  bluing left. The bad to this is it appears to have a cut down rifle stock. And the stock is so worn worse then I have ever seen a stock. There was so much wood missing that the channel for the cleaning rod was almost completely worn away. It’s honestly probably missing 30% of the wood from wear forward of the rear barrel band. I’d give it 5 stars for the metal parts but definitely not for the condition of the wood. But I can’t really complain too much. I’ve bought 10 rifles from here and out of 10 this is only really the second one that was real bad.

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