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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.

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Isaac Burns Murphy

Considered one of the greatest jockeys in history, he won three Kentucky Derbies between 1884 and 1891. This feat wasn’t matched by another jockey until 1945. His career win record at 34% has yet to be equaled in American horse racing. He also was the first person to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Why did his name fall into obscurity?

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