Mle 1886 ‘Lebel’ Rifle - “Fusil de 8mm Modèle 1886″
Designed in 1886, produced from 1887 to 1920 by MAC, MAT and MAS. 8x50mmR Lebel, 8+1+1 rounds.
Read below for everything you wanted to know about this rifle, and then more, and then even more, Jippers you didn’t need to know all that, what the fuck it’s still going, why did they keep it for this long, just let the fucking thing die already.
A “tanker”-style conversion for the M1 Garand by Shuff’s Parkerizing. The rifle is rebarreled in .308 Winchester and a separate conversion option allows for the use of M14 magazines. For all the time and money doing the work, I kind of wonder why not just get an M14/M1A if you wanted a magazine fed semi-auto .308 rifle with the same controls of a Garand. It seems mostly to be one of those things you buy cause you want something different that no one at your local range has; which I see nothing wrong with. (GRH)
Sorry for the sparse if not sporadic posting lately. Been busy at work and my birthday is actually next week. For the past few weeks I’ve been looking for a new gun to purchase. I haven’t actually bought a gun since December, which is long overdue since I used to buy 1 to 3 guns a month.
I decided on a gun that has plagued me with bad luck over the past few years, not because they’re bad guns, but because I made bad choices. I’ve owned several Mausers and each one was a bit regrettable because I didn’t shop smart. They all worked fine, it’s just that they weren’t what I was looking for after I got them, if that makes sense.
So I took a chance and picked up a “bubba’ed” German Mauser K98 that had a Redfield mount and Weaver scope installed. Other than that the rifle is still in it’s original configuration. However I bought it based solely on 4 grainy pictures and a minimalist description; that it was in poor to fair condition.
No cracks in the stock, no rust or pitting on the metal but I thought the barrel was a lost cause, a sewer pipe. I couldn’t see the condition even with a light shining through it. Almost thought I would have to rebarrel it, but I took some Breakfree and a bore snake to it and the barrel is actually in amazing condition.
Anyway to cut this post short since I don’t have pics yet (left the Mauser at work),because it’s already been worked on, I don’t plan on restoring it but will turn it into my own personal hunting/pseudo-WWII sniper rifle. Might end up putting a ZRAK mount and scope to replace the Redfield and Weaver the previous owner had on it. Something like this one…although my Mauser is pretty damn ugly.