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French 1886 M93 Lebel Rifle

French 1886 M93 Lebel Rifle

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Our Price: $999.99

Quantity in Stock:10
Product Code: LEB0001

Just in from Africa! We now have original Model 1886 Lebel rifles in stock! These rifles were the first standard issue smokeless powder rifle ever issued to a large scale military and served the French military from the late 1800's and during the First World War. These rifles are incredibly rare and in 100% functional, shootable condition. We have a variety of conditions and options as shown below.

We have C&R rifles available and Antique rifles are available for an extra surcharge (see pricing below). C&R rifles (guns manufactured after 1898) need to ship to an FFL or C&R, while antique rifles (manufactured before 1899) do not and can be shipped to a home or business address (Note: Antique rifles are not standard and cost an additional surcharge). Please email any C&R or FFL licenses to ffl@rtifirearms.com.

If you a purchasing an Antique rifle, please send in a photo ID, such as a drivers license, to ffl@rtifirearms.com.

Please note, if you are wanting to purchase an antique Lebel, please call us and we will be able to process that order for you. Thank you for your business!

Pricing is as shown:

Grade A, Matching Numbers.............................................................$1749.99
Grade A, Non-Matching Numbers.....................................................$1499.99
Grade B, Matching Numbers.............................................................$1499.99
Grade B, Non-Matching Numbers.....................................................$1249.99
Antique Option.......................................................................................+$250.00

Only a limited quantity available

A Basic History of these Rifles:

The Lebel Model 1886 Rifle, commonly known as the Fusil Modele 1886 M93, was a standard service rifle introduced by the French in 1886 and then modified in 1893 to lead to the version we see today. These rifles are chambered in the standard 8mm Lebel cartridge, which was the first smokeless powder cartridge produced on a mass scale at the time. This technology created a revolution in small arms development which sparked an incredible increase in small arms development at the time and has affected almost every firearm to this day. To be able to withstand the pressure of this new cartridge, the French developed the Lebel to have 2 front locking lugs to increase the overall strength of the action. This led to outstanding long range performance and accuracy. The Lebel feeds from an eight round tube magazine housed underneath the barrel based off of the Kropatschek system. This rifle remained in standard service with the French military for many years after its development and throughout World War I, although some of its features such as the tube magazine had become obsolete by this time. Despite this, the Lebel was appreciated by many and its contribution to small arms development cannot be understated.

Forgotten Weapons Video on the 1886 Lebel

Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 6 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Complete, functional rifle September 9, 2021
Reviewer: Oland from TX  
I paid $1249.99 for a Grade B non-matching. Good stock with no cracks. All hardware is present. Dark bore with only fair rifling present even after cleaning. Good clear markings on receiver. Fires and functions.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 1886 Lebel March 9, 2021
Reviewer: Jason from Delaware  
I ordered an A tier numbers matching rifle. I finally received the rifle nearly a month and a half later.  What arrived was better than expected.  What I received was indeed a numbers matching rifle. It was also an antique rifle produced in 1890 by St. Enteaein. The bore has strong rifling but is dark. This is to be expected for it's age. Finish is nearly all gone, it looks like the rifle was bead blasted at one time. All these things were expected.  It is 130 years old and sat for years in poor storage conditions. However the rifle was missing the extractor. After an email to customer service a replacement was sent. All and all I am satisfied with my purchase and will place more orders with RTI

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Very good quality February 4, 2021
Reviewer: Kevin L from Spokane WA  
Very pleased. Having been looking for a Lebel for years. Price was good versus to gunbroker or auctions sites for similar quality rifle.

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4 of 5 Pricey and dirty, but good. January 22, 2021
Reviewer: Malcolm from Texas, United States  
Purchased one of the B-grade Lebels. The rifle arrived filthy and required an extremely thorough cleaning but was entirely functional and cleaned very well. It's a beautiful, useable rifle. Bore is is fairly corroded but there is still very visible rifling and it is surprisingly accurate. Only real issue is a weak firing pin spring, which can easily be replaced. $1250 is a high price, but if you can afford it I would say it's worth it.

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4 of 5 Worth the price January 4, 2021
Reviewer: Ethan Worlin from Merrill, WI United States  
I opted for the B-grade, trusting the description when it said it'd be completely functional. When I received the rifle, it had some of the issues I was expecting. The inside of the receiver and front end of the bore had a good deal of rust, but 0000 steel wool worked fairly well on that. After cleaning the bore is dark, but I was pleasantly surprised to see strong rifling still. I have put 20 rounds through it thus far and can verify it functions, with a 2 to 3 inch group at 50 yards. The only real issue I've had is the horizontal receiver screw that goes through the action. The threads on the tip are almost completely gone, so the screw tends to fall out when cycling the action. However, considering the age, I just happy that was the only real issue I've had. In short, the rifle is as advertised.

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