MORE Mle1884 French Kropatchek:
 


 
 


    The single-shot / repeater lever


 


 
 


Portugese M1886 Kropatchek, above
French M1884 Kropatchek, below
 
 


M1886 French Lebel.   The ammunition changed everything,
the first smokeless military ammo.  The rifle itself, a tubular
magazine repeater,  is pretty blase' for the times, rushed into
production to take advantage of the cutting edge ammunition!
 


 

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