Spring from French trip wire gun

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Harbonnieres
Accession Number RELAWM00892.002
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm component
Physical description Steel
Maker Manufacture Fse D'Armes & Cycles de St Etienne
Place made France
Date made c 1913
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Spring trigger mechanism taken from 12 gauge bore trip wire gun.

History / Summary

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.