Standard configuration M1917, in 8mm Lebel, with 31.5” barrel having a tangent rear sight graduated from 4-8. Gas operated action. Right side of the receiver is unmarked; left side with “S” and “F” safety marking detents. Right side of barrel dated “1917”. Matching serial numbers on all the usual parts. Gas system intact.
Scarce French semiautomatic gas operated rifle made by MAT ( Manufacture Nationale d’Armes de Tulle) in 1917, this example with all matching numbers.
VG metal with wear and fading in usual locations for a rifle that has seen light-moderate service. Wood with oil staining and numerous handling marks. Handguard missing, firing pin broken, and left side of butt stock with large missing chip at upper corner. Bright bore with sharp rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. A scarce and classic semiautomatic rifle, used by the French Military during WWI, whose issues would be straight forward to correct.