Modèle 1892 Revolver - History

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Though it was originally designed to serve as a commissioned officer's personal sidearm, the Modèle 1892 revolver had over 350,000 copies manufactured between 1892 and 1924 and was issued to officers in the French Army, Navy, and National Gendarmerie, amongst others. It is commonly called the Lebel Revolver after the gun designer Colonel Nicolas Lebel, although there is no evidence that Colonel Lebel had any involvement in the creation of the gun or ammunition. Non-commissioned officers continued to carry the older Mle 1873 service revolver, but were also frequently issued .32 ACP automatic pistols (the Ruby pistol) during World War I. The Mle 1892 was later officially replaced by semi-automatic pistols in 1935 but many saw service during World War II and brought to the United States as souvenirs.

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