|Place||Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Palestine|
Royal Armoury Mutzig
|Date made||c 1841|
First World War, 1914-1918
French Pattern 1840 Percussion Carbine
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.
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.