Make: Chattellerault, France
Model: 1866, Fusil Modèle 1866
Serial Number: C76085
Year of Manufacture: 1872
Action Type: Bolt Action, Single Shot
Markings: The left side of the barrel octagonal section at the receiver is marked "C76085", the flat above is marked "JH" and two circle "P" proof marks. The right side octagon flat is marked with a crown over "C" proof and "C 1872". Below this and a little forward is an "M" and two difficult to read proof marks, one of which may be a "P" in a shield and the other an oval with a "b". The left flat side of the bolt when open is marked " L"? "76085". The right side is marked "C 661". There is a crown over "B" on the bolt. There is a shield with a "C", and an oval with a "C" on the left side of the rear barrel band. There is a diamond shaped proof ahead of the trigger guard, and an unreadable proof mark behind the trigger guard on the lower tang. There are two unreadable proofs on the right side of the rear sight, and the numbers "2", "3", and "4" on the left side of the sight. There is a round stock cartouche located on the right side of the buttstock and is marked "AOUT." ?, "I.C.", "1872 P. " and an "M" in the center. The left side of the buttstock is marked "76085". The back of the buttstock on the bottom is marked "20 / AM". there is a crown over "C" and another proof mark on the wrist behind the top tang. Some markings may have been missed.
Barrel Length: 32 1/2"
Sights / Optics: The gun is mounted with a fixed blade front sight, and an "H" style ladder sight with slide for the rear sight. The ladder is intact.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are wood. There are many dings and mars and several cracks. The buttstock has a crack completely across behind the wrist. This has been crudely repaired with bent over nails and screws. These repairs look to have been accomplished a long time ago. The nails have turned the same color as the buttplate. There is a large deep gash on the right side of the forend, about 3" in front of the receiver. There is cracking and damage on the bottom of the forend behind the rear barrel band. The LOP measures approx. 13 1/2". The stocks rate in about poor overall condition.
Type of Finish: Dark Brown Patina
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is obstructed and rusty. There is much rust/erosion.
Overall Condition: This gun retains about 0% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows a dark brown patina throughout the barrel and receiver sections. There is some surface erosion and "bumps" on the brown patina of the trigger guard. The bolt handle is a bit pock marked as well. There is scattered surface erosion but the metal is mostly smooth except at the muzzle. The muzzle is rough with some gouges and the first four inches of the barrel show more erosion than the remainder of the metal on the barrel and receiver. The bolt is in unusually good condition with dark brown color. A good cleaning will improve this rifle tremendously. The Screw heads are serviceable and show minor disfiguration. The markings are mostly clear except for a few proof marks as noted in the "Markings" section above. Overall, this gun rates in about poor condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly!!! The bolt closes and the trigger releases the firing pin. The bolt can be opened after the cocking bar is pulled rearward. The cocking bar is functional and holds. We did not fire this gun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: There is a bent cleaning rod included.
Our Assessment: The Chassepot, officially known as the Fusil Modèle 1866, was a bolt action military breech loading rifle, made famous as the arm of the French forces in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 and 1871. It replaced an assortment of muzzle loading rifles, many of which were converted in 1867 to breech loading (theTabatière 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. This rifle is in good condition (considering it is over 125 years old) and may have been used in countless battles. This is a representative sample of a seldom seen gun in the U.S., with true Franco-Prussian war heritage. If you are a military collector, a Francophile, or and early gun enthusiast, here is a "find!".
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This qualifies as an antique and can be sold to anyone over the age of 18 with correct proof age from a state issued ID.
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