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Old 04-23-2010, 09:22 AM
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Acquired a new rifle - Francotte Martini - need info

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I just bought a cute little Single Shot Schuetzen rifle at a local gun show. Its a commercial A. Francotte Martini in 22 short caliber. I've been trying to determine the approx date of production and was hoping that perhaps someone might have an old A. Francotte catalog showing this rifle.

Please don't ask if its for sale ... its not! I'm researching this rifle for info for up-coming magazine article.

Here are a few pictures and specifications. There is a Brass Plate in the stock that says - "SOCIETE SUISSE , DE TIR DE PARIS" - It has a 28" Octagon Barrel - Double-Set Trigger (facing) - Swiss Butt - Tang sight - Windage adjustable front sight - weighs 10# - 6oz - Scope marked "8x - 50ft - 200yds & over" (no maker mark) - markings .... "Bbl No. 947 - "FD CHAVE A RENNES" - DB - 7 - 61 - "FRANCOTTES PATENT" - Belgium Proofs. - SEE LAST PHOTO ...

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. I really appreciate it.

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Old 04-23-2010, 12:30 PM
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Wow, I don't know anything about it but that is a nice rifle!!

I can't expect a 28" barrel to help that .22 short out too much though! :P

I"m not sure how rare it is or if it's worth anything (I"m going to assume so) but that is a nice find!
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:14 PM
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Interesting. Looks like a Martini action? I have never seen a trigger like that.....

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Old 04-23-2010, 03:09 PM
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Hey, is that for sale? Just kidding.

Neat gun! Keep us posted on what you find out. I have never seen one like that.
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Old 04-24-2010, 04:25 AM
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You might want to post those pictures on this site ( They have a big following of that style rifle and that's basically all they discuss.

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Old 04-24-2010, 05:57 PM
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Is the scope blued or browned?
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Old 04-24-2010, 05:59 PM
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It looks more Brown than Blue - kind of thinning "Gold" looking.
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