French Pattern 1840 Percussion Carbine

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine
Accession Number RELAWM03728
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Maker Royal Armoury Mutzig
Place made France
Date made c 1841
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

French Pattern 1840 Percussion Carbine. Back action lock plate engraved 'Mle Rle de Mutzig'. The octagonal breech is stamped '1841' on the right side and 'C de 17 - 5' with a serial number on the left. It has a single piece wood stock that has a plugged hole in the right side of the butt which it is believed to have originally contained a small bottle of holy water. On the left side is a semi circular brass scale with Turkish [Arabic] numerals. The rear sight is a 'V' notch together with a four hole leaf. It has a bayonet lug on the right side of the barrel. Missing a front band and a ram rod.

History / Summary

This weapon was used by the Arabs in Palestine during the First World War. It was collected by Australian War Records Section from an enemy store in Palestine, along with several other weapons.

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