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French grenade launcher or heatsink? Or other?


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Hello all. I'm a huge WW1 photo/postcard collector and just purchased this. I'm not sure what is on the barrel of this soldiers rifle. The seller described it as a heatsink, but I'm confused to why a bolt action rifle would need a heatsink. Could it be a grenade launcher? I've added the photo below, as well as the reverse. Perhaps someone can read french and there is mention as to what is on the rifle. I appreciate everyone's help!

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Text appears to be general family/personal chit chat. I can make out no reference to any weapon.

My guess would be a grenade launcher but that's only a guess.

Nigel

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Hi,

Effectually, this strange weapon is a french 84 mm grenade launcher, especially for ball grenade type 1847 with a time fuze , about 5 s.delay.

It was appeared in 1915, for a short time!

Hope that will help you

JM

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On 7/15/2017 at 16:48, Bombadier said:

Text appears to be general family/personal chit chat. I can make out no reference to any weapon.

My guess would be a grenade launcher but that's only a guess.

Nigel

I thought so, was worth a shot! Thanks!

8 hours ago, WK 361 LP said:

Hi,

Effectually, this strange weapon is a french 84 mm grenade launcher, especially for ball grenade type 1847 with a time fuze , about 5 s.delay.

It was appeared in 1915, for a short time!

Hope that will help you

JM

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Wow, awesome! Thanks so much. Very interesting. 

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On 7/16/2017 at 16:33, WK 361 LP said:

Hi,

Effectually, this strange weapon is a french 84 mm grenade launcher, especially for ball grenade type 1847 with a time fuze , about 5 s.delay.

It was appeared in 1915, for a short time!

Hope that will help you

JM

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Hi JM, I tried to research this grenade launcher and can't find any info on it. Perhaps you can share some more information about it?

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Hi all,

Sorry for this delay ... After searching in my archives, I found a temporary record, a rare document on the subject, dated January 1916, published just before the disappearance of the weapon.There are some data Which are a bit different than the ones I wrote a little quick, sorry for that. The 1914 grenade has the same body as the 1847 model, the fuze is a little different but remains a time fuze triggered by burning gases at Time of shooting. This leaflet is unfortunately in french! 

Best regards

JM

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Thank you so much WK 361 LP! These things are not my area of interest but I appreciate the effort involved in posting this information, and I am sure others on GWF will find it of great use in future times - - well, at least the nonGB-centric ones! !

 

Julian

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