Fusil mle 1886 M93 "Lebel

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Fusil mle 1886 M93 "Lebel"

Lebel Mle. 1886.jpg
Lebel with APX mle 1921 Scope
Type Bolt-action rifle
Caliber 8mm
Feed System 8 tubular magazine
Muzzle Velocity 610 to 700 m/s
Maximum Effective Range 400 m
APX mle 1921 Scope optics
Magnification 3x


When the Lebel was introduced in 1886 in was a truly revolutionary weapon. It was the first military firearm to use smokeless powder. In 1893, an improved version of the M1886 Lebel was designated Fusil Mle 1886 M (modifié) 93. The most useful improvement was a modification of the bolt head so it would divert away from the shooters face any hot gases escaping from a ruptured cartridge case. The Lebel rifle was a hard-hitting and solidly built weapon with a reputation for reliability in adverse environments including those of trench warfare. The Lebel rifle was quite accurate up to 300 yards and still deadly at three times that distance, thanks to the spitzer and boat tail "Balle D" bullet. Nevertheless, the Lebel rifle was not without its flaws: • The slow-to-reload tube magazine was the Lebel's worst handicap when compared to other military rifles of that period. • The Lebel's diminutive sights, while accurate, were low and small thus not easy to align and unprotected against shocks. • The lack of a wooden handguard on top of the barrel led to burned hands after prolonged firings.

Although officially replaced by the MAS36 in service by the outbreak of war in 1939, the adoption of the new rifle came quite late, meaning that plenty of Lebels where to be found in French service during the Second World War particularly with rear line troops. It was also retained for more specialist task such as Sniping as snipers preferred the stopping power of the heavier 8mm cartridge.

Game Play

The lebel is used by two French army soldiers in world war two online. The sniper and the Grenadier. It is a accurate and easy to use weapon with simple iron sights. It is quite slow to reload as it rounds have to fed singularly into its tubular magazine. When used by the French sniper it is equipped with APX mle 1921 telescope, the scope has a quite awkward sight that takes some practice to get use to, its recommended you familiarise yourself with it before using it on the battlefield.

See Also

Infantry Weapons of Battleground Europe

American Weapons

Boys Anti-Tank Rifle · BAR · M1903 Springfield · M1 Garand · M1A1 Thompson · M3A1 Grease Gun · Mk 2 Fragmentation_Grenade · M8 Smoke Grenade · LG 50 mm mortar · M1911 Colt · M9 Bazooka

British Weapons

Boys Anti-Tank Rifle · Bren Mk II LMG · Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk I · M1928 Thompson · sten Mk II · No.36 Mills Bomb · No.77 Smoke Grenade · 2 inch mortar · Webley Pistol · PIAT

French Weapons

Boys Anti-Tank Rifle · FM 1924/29 LMG · Fusil MAS mle 1936 · Fusil MAS mle 1940 · Fusil mle 1886 M93 "Lebel · MAS.38 · Grenade à main offensive modèle 1915 · Grenade fumigène · LG 50 mm mortar · Pistolet mle 1935S · M9 Bazooka

German Weapons

Panzerbüchse 39 · MG-34 · Karabiner 98k· Gewehr 43 · Gewehr 41 · FG42 · STG44 · MP-40 · MP34 · Stielhandgranate 24 · Nebelhandgranate 39 · Granatwerfer 36 · Luger P08 · Panzerschreck 54

Italian Weapons

Beretta Model 38 · Carcano Modello 1891

Universal Weapons

Ammo Resupply Pack · Combat Knife · Satchel Charge