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Old June 21, 2007, 11:50 PM   #1
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Pictures worth a 1,000 words

A friend of mine has an old rifle that I have not been able to identify. To me it looks like some variation on a Dreyse needle-gun, but older rifles aren't really my forte, so I'm hoping someone here at TFL may know something about it. Thanks!

One other note: There is an eagle crest on the receiver ring (the resized pic doesn't show any detail) and my friend wrote the following note with regard to it.
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Hey Fred,

Hope it works as easy as it seemed. Just a reminder: eagle in image …26,is looking to its right and scroll under says
CHASSERx. I could dismantle bolt and take add’l pics if you come to think they are needed.
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Old June 21, 2007, 11:52 PM   #2
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I see that it works better if I actually upload the photo.
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Old June 21, 2007, 11:56 PM   #3
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Old June 21, 2007, 11:58 PM   #4
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Chassepot 11 mm M66 rifle.
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Old June 22, 2007, 11:31 AM   #5
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Old June 26, 2007, 01:57 PM   #6
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Yep, definitely a Chassepot.

Surprising to see that the needle is still there.

Most I've seen have the needle broken off.

Supposedly the replacement needles came packed 1 to every 10-round packet of ammunition.
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Old June 26, 2007, 11:09 PM   #7
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You were close on the Dreyse. The Chassepot was the French answer to the Dreyse in that particular arms race.

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