In ANTIQUE EXCELLENT condition, we have a very important 1892 dated first initial production French Mle 1892 “Lebel” Service Revolver. This pistol is all original and the bore is mint as well. Production started at around F1500 so this is among the first few thousand produced. This could easily be called the “Mother of all Lebel Revolvers in North America“. Never seen one so early and so nice on top of that! Obviously this was issued to some senior French Officer who had little use for it other than ceremonial carry. This revolver has seen the Dreyfus Affair, all of the French foreign adventures and WWI & II.
The Mle 1892 Revovler was the standard French Officer’s Service side arm from 1892 until it began being replaced in 1939 with the new automatic pistol Mle 1935A, however it stayed in front line Service with the French Army well past WWII and well into the 1960’s with the French National Police. The Pistol was heavily used during the WW2 era by the French Military, the Resistance, and it was also reissued by the Germans who captured vast quantities in 1940. One could think of no better pistol to represent the French Resistance movement during the time of the Nazi Occupation of France. This is a wonderful example of a French Service pistol at the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 and again in 1939. This is a pre 1898 production antique firearm so it is exempt from paperwork and can be shipped directly to your home.