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Posted: 6/25/2003 7:40:18 AM EDT
A friend sent me a photo of some rifles that he found at his parents house, and wants to know what they are. One looks like a Mauser, but I have no idea about the other two.

Link Posted: 6/25/2003 7:05:20 PM EDT
The top one is a Mauser. The other ones I can't tell. If you can, have your friend post some more detailed pictures on the other two rifles, that might help.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 7:16:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2003 7:17:33 PM EDT by slickbt]
Here are the only other photos that I have:

Link Posted: 6/26/2003 4:52:12 PM EDT
The middle one might be a Lebel. It has been a long time but it looks vaguely familiar.
You should really post these pictures on a more collector type site. I would suggest the following;
Good luck.
Link Posted: 6/26/2003 6:00:39 PM EDT
The middle one in the top photo, with the built-in magazine almost looks like a Dutch Beaumont 11mm bolt action, but it's hard to tell from the pics. Is there a date stamped into the buttstock on that one from the late 1800's? If not, it may not be the Beaumont.
Link Posted: 6/28/2003 11:46:51 PM EDT
I'd say the one with the finger hook on the trigger guard was an Italian Vetterli-Vitali. Not sure about the spelling there. The Vitali part is the magazine; there was also a Beaumont-Vitali that had a similar magazine but the bolt would look different. Beaumonts had big fat straight bolt handles with V-style mainsprings inside. The Swiss also used a Vetterli design, but it looked different also -- had a two-piece stock and tube magazine.

I think that other one is what they call a "Zulu" shotgun, converted from an old muzzle-loader musket. Probably a French musket, judging from the shape of the hammer. Usually these have brass or bronze receivers. I think they were mainly made for use by African natives.

Just going by memory here, don't bet your life on it.
Link Posted: 6/29/2003 9:55:46 AM EDT
I don't have the slightest clue why I thought that might be a lebel. It definitely looks like a Vetterli.
I don't know how to post a picture on here but check this one out and see if it is close.
I hope the link works, if not let me know.
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