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1874 French Military Rifle Restoration



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Restoration video of a 1874 "Gras" rifle we have found while magnet fishing.

Judging by its condition, it has only been in the water for a few months and has probably been stolen. We found some sporting rifles nearby, which had been stolen during a burglary according to the authorities (the video is also posted in the channel)
This type of weapon is classified "collection" in France and is therefore not traced by its serial number.
This video is only a restoration of a historical object and in no way about the apology of weapons.

sᴏᴍᴇ ʜɪsᴛᴏʀʏ :
This particular rifle was used by the French army from 1874 and was assembled from a "Chassepot" rifle barrel dating from 1866. It originally fired 11 mm Gras ammunition.

When it became obsolete, the rifle was rechambered to 16 gauge for hunting and some parts like the rear sight were removed.

As i am an amateur, please leave a comment if you have any suggestions for improvement regarding restoration techniques.

Here is the video of its discovery : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gc8cTjJPbI

Material used :
Cold burnishing : https://amzn.to/3hwqTus
Linseed Oil : https://amzn.to/3wxZzQO
Glass Paper : https://amzn.to/3r3Vt1R
Brass brushes : https://amzn.to/3r797kz
Wire brushes : https://amzn.to/36vVGBs
Degreaser : https://amzn.to/3xyabR1

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