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Kropatschek Mle 1878 and 1886 Marine rifles

Mle 1874 manufactured by Werndl in Steyr, Austria c.1879 for the French Navy, serial number A13743.
Mle 1884 manufactured by MAT in Châtellerault , France c.1884 also for the French Navy, serial number F47937.
11mm Gras cartridge, 7 rounds tubular magazine +1+1 in the elevator and chamber, 1m25 long and 4,5kg empty.

The Kropatschek was initially ordered to replace the Chassepot needle rifles still used by the French navy in the 1880′s after trials held at Cherbourg. It was only manufactured in France following its modifications in 1884 and 1885, before finally being the basis for the smokeless powder Lebel in 1886.

Sauce : tircollection.com

This week we will be looking at the works of pointillism master Georges Seurat (1859-1891). Seurat is credited with using mathematics and color theory to create his dizzying compositions. This piece, La Grande Jatte (ca. 1884), is one of the many studies that he completed for his finished work A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886).