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French Rifles in German hands

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Re: French Rifles in German hands

#16 Post by indy1919a4 » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:25 pm

OldRifles wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:56 pm
indy1919a4 wrote:
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:54 am
That makes sense France was one of the largest armies to surrender to Germany..
I am glad you brought this back up. Recently there was a rifle on Gunbroker that was a French lebel with German capture stamps.

Now I has my suspicions that this is not legit..

I ask for others opinions...

I saw that one, I'm pretty sure it's legit. I initially had reservations about the stock number, but I think it was due to the lighting. I have one very much like it, and these are consistent among examples. It appears that the German depot at Krakau/Cracow assembled these out of donor carbines and rifles, then stamped the left side of the stock. That number is functionally the serial number for the finished product. I've only seen one of the assembled examples with matching numbers, and none of them have the alpha serial number prefix, in contrast to original French R35s.
Those Stock stamps just looked so large and incorrect.. So I ask has anyone seen stock stamps like that on other French rifles??

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