|Place||Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Harbonnieres|
|Object type||Firearm component|
Manufacture Fse D’Armes & Cycles de St Etienne
|Date made||c 1913|
First World War, 1914-1918
Spring from French trip wire gun
Spring trigger mechanism taken from 12 gauge bore trip wire gun.
French trip-wire gun used to give warning of any interference with wire entanglements and suchlike. A trip wire would have been attached to the hole in a simple spring-loaded trigger at the rear of the barrel. Originally designed in the 1880s as an anti-poaching device, these simple guns usually fired a 12-gauge pinfire cartridge to alert defenders to an impending intrusion. They originally cost from between 4 and 6 francs.
This example was made by an arms and cycle company at St Etienne in France. It was found near Harbonnieres by members of the 49th Battalion on 8 August 1918; the gun had apparently been captured by the Germans from the French.