Variations on Gras Cavalry Carbines & Conversions from Ethiopia

While I was at InterOrdnance unpacking French rifles, I took the opportunity to pull out a couple different examples of Gras Cavalry Carbines to show the differences between original French production examples and Belgian commercial conversions. What we will see today are how to recognize:

– French Mle 1874 and Mle 1866-74 Gras cavalry carbines
– French Gras infantry rifles cut down to cavalry carbine configuration
– French Gras rifles cut down and put into cavalry carbine stocks
– French Gras carbines put into cut-down infantry rifle stocks
– Totally weird oddballs


  1. Hey one of the 3 nerds here; why did they remove the rear sight? As a decommisioning method? Or were they into shotguns?

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