1866 French Chassepot Fighting knife (15) (U12/C) -
1866 French Chassepot Fighting knife, was a original bayonet which has been converted into a fighting knife. The Chassepot, officially known as Fusil modèle 1866, was a bolt action military breechloading rifle. It is famous for having been the arm of the French forces in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–1871. It replaced an assortment of Minié muzzleloading rifles, many of which were converted in 1864 to breech loading. An improvement to existing military rifles in 1866, the Chassepot marked the commencement of the era of modern bolt action, breech-loading military rifles. The Gras rifle was an adaption of the Chassepot designed to fire metallic cartridges introduced in 1874. For edged weapons, upon ordering, we require you to supply us with both a business address to send the goods to, and to email us a copy of your passport or driving licence. We will be unable to process your order until this is done. Any questions, please call us on 01342 837 766.