Fusil Gras mle 1874

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Gras M80 Model 1874 rifle
Fusil Gras M80 Modèle 1874
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Fusil Gras M80 1874
Type Bolt-action rifle
Place of origin France
Service history
In service 1874–1886 (France)
Used by Chile
France
Kingdom of Greece
Monaco
Wars French colonial expeditions
Sino-French War
War of the Pacific
Chilean Civil War of 1891
Thousand Days' War
Greco-Turkish War (1897)
Balkan Wars
World War I
Greco-Turkish War (1919–22)
World War II
Production history
Designed 1874
Manufacturer Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne and Steyr
Specifications
Weight 4.15 kg (9.15 lb)
Length 1305 mm (51.4 in)
Barrel length 820 mm (32.3 in)

Caliber 11×59mmR [1] & 8×50mmR Lebel
Action Bolt action
Feed system Single shot, 10 round gravity magazine
Sights Iron sights

The Fusil Gras Modèle 1874 M80 was a French service rifle of the 19th century. The Gras used by the French Army was an adaptation to metallic cartridge of the Chassepot breech-loading rifle by colonel Basile Gras.

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This rifle had a caliber of 11mm and used black powder centerfire cartridges that weighed 25 grams. It was a robust and hard-hitting weapon, but had no magazine and so could only fire one shot after loading. It also had a triangular-shaped sword bayonet, known as the Model 1874 "Gras" Sword Bayonet. It was replaced by the Lebel rifle in 1886, the first rifle to use smokeless gunpowder. In the meantime, about 400,000 Gras rifles had been manufactured.

The metallic-cartridge Gras was manufactured in response to the development of the metallic cartridge designed by Colonel Boxer in 1866 (Boxer cartridge), and the British 1870 Martini-Henry rifle.[2] Those were soon emulated by the Germans with the 1871 Mauser.[2]

The Greek Army adopted the Gras in 1877, and it was used in all conflicts up until the Second World War. It became the favourite weapon of guerrilla fighters, from the various revolts against the Ottoman Empire to the resistance against the Germans, acquiring legendary status. The name entered the language, and Grades (γκράδες) was a term colloquially applied to all rifles during the first half of the 20th century. It was manufactured by Manufacture d'armes de Saint-Étienne, one of several government-owned arms factories in France. However most of the Gras rifles (60,000) used by the Greek military were manufactured under licence by Steyr in Austria.

The Gras rifle was partly the inspiration for the development of the Japanese Murata rifle, Japan's first locally-made service rifle.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://members.nuvox.net/~on.melchar/11gras/index.html
  2. ^ a b The Tools of Empire by Daniel R. Headrick p.98
  3. ^ А.А. Игнатьев. Пятьдесят лет в строю. том 2 (кн. 4-5). М., 1989. стр.127
  4. ^ "Во время первой мировой войны царская Россия испытывала недостаток в стрелковом вооружении, поэтому в армии кроме винтовок русского образца были также и иностранные - японские Арисака обр.1897 и 1905 гг., австро-венгерские Манлихера 1889 и 1895 гг., германские "88" и "98". Кроме этих винтовок использовались также и устаревшие образцы, стрелявшие патронами, снаряженными дымным порохом - Бердана № 2 образца 1870 г., Гра 1874 г., Гра-Кропачека 1874/85 г., Веттерли 1870/87 г."
    А. Б. Жук. Энциклопедия стрелкового оружия: револьверы, пистолеты, винтовки, пистолеты-пулеметы, автоматы. М., АСТ — Воениздат, 2002. стр.587
  5. ^ А. А. Маниковский. Русская армия в Великой войне: Боевое снабжение русской армии в мировую войну. М., 1937
  6. ^ Г. В. Цыпкин, В. С. Ягья. История Эфиопии в новое и новейшее время. М.: «Наука», 1989. стр. 217

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Preceded by
Chassepot Modèle 1866
French Army rifle
1874-1886
Succeeded by
Lebel Modèle 1886