There exists a faction of critics who doubt the efficacy of the French Fusil Modéle 1886/93, or “Lebel”, during the Great War. They like to point at the Lebel’s outdated features and maintain it was no longer the state of the art technology in 1914 it once was. When the rifle was first introduced in 1886, its ‘smokeless’ powder cartridge was almost considered a secret weapon. Designers at the time claimed it was also drastically less noisy, but recent experiments show that was a bit of an exaggeration. Regardless, the Lebel performed valiantly during the first World War and helped defend its home country from German invaders.
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