German percussion rifle from East Africa

Catalogue number
  • FIR 7692
Department
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Dimensions
  • whole: L: 147cms BL: 104.7cms
Alternative names
  • full name: German percussion rifle from East Africa
  • simple name: rifle, percussion
Category
Weapons and ammunition

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This percussion rifle was captured from German forces in East Africa during the First World War. It is of a pattern current in the middle of the nineteenth century. It is known that Germany sent rifles captured during the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71) to its African colonies. Some of these were American produced weapons which may have seen service in the American Civil War before their sale to France in 1870. The defence force of German East Africa, the Schütztruppen, were armed with bolt action rifles of the modern 1898 pattern (see FIR 7860) or of the single-shot 1871 pattern. Later they supplemented these with captured British and Portuguese rifles. Consequently it would appear likely that this obsolete weapon was seized from one of the irregular auxiliaries who assisted the Schütztruppen during the early part of the campaign in East Africa.

Physical description

German percussion rifle from East Africa; bound with wire at neck of stock and 2 places on fore-end, nosecap nailed to fore-end

History note

Captured from German forces in East Africa.

1. stamped on barrel 2-3. stamped on left of butt

1. Kd over Imperial German crest over 141 2. 1871? C 3. ? 143

Stamped on right sideplate

H 561

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