A English friend once told me : “French people talk about food even when they are eating. They talk about what they ate, what they are eating, and what they are going to eat” and I think about it a lot.
Picture of three French soldiers equipped for trench warfare, using metal skullcaps, body armor, a 1886 Lebel rifle, a MAS 1873 revolver and what appears to be a vast collection of captured German impact stick grenades. Notice the use of tactical moustaches, a staple of European powers.
Made by the Manufacture d’Arme de Saint-Etienne in France c.1956-70′s - serial number G81988. 7,5x54mm MAS Mle1929C ten-round removable box magazine, direct impingement gas operated semi-automatic, Mle 1953 APX 806L scope mounted on a rail on the left side of the receiver, muzzle adapted to fire rifle grenades, with accompanying folding grenade sights. The 1956 modification shortened the barrel but also and most noticeably the foregrip of the rifle, making it a very compact and sturdy battle rifle.
Designed by Jean-Baptiste Vaquette de Gribeauval in 1777, made by the Manufacture d’Arme de St-Etienne c.1784-1792. 17,1mm/.67 ball, flintlock, single shot, smoothbore, belt hook. Gribeauval pursued his quest for compactness and efficiency, this time not with artillery guns but cavalry pistols. The ramrod is stored deep in the stock, allowing the foregrip and barrel bands to be removed entirely, keeping the balance of the gun towards the hand of the soldier. This system was later applied to a hussar carbine, the Mle1786.