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Thread: R35 Lebel Krakau off Gunbroker!

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    Talking R35 Lebel Krakau off Gunbroker!

    Yeah you heard that I won this really cool R35 off Gunbroker but it was not stated in the auction listing as a captured piece only as a bolt mismatched R35 carbine. I knew something was different about it when I saw the stock was numbered the way it was, the bolt numbers were marked off, and a few other things. What really got my attention is I noticed the cartridge lifter was blued never seen that on a Lebel before and I own a nice 1886 long rifle in my collection. That's when I noticed a picture of the back side of the trigger guard I zoomed in and barely could see those Krakau stock proofs. So I won this carbine and the price I paid for it was more then acceptable. When I finally received the carbine after waiting almost three weeks due to the slow Postal service. It was still covered in dust and grime and had a original sling with it too, that was not in the best condition. But it's original and untouched so what more could I ask for!
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    Congrats! Knowledge is power.

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    Really cool rifle. Nice!

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    Nice one for sure!

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    Thanks guys as much as I enjoy collecting Imperial German, Weimer, and WW2 era. I do have a small French collection as well the helmets we're all sold to me by collector friends here. Much thanks to my Louisiana buddy that lives on the Bayou and my Canadian beer drinking buddy!
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    Congrats, Jordan!

    Cool carbine for sure. I agree, I think the bolt numbers were deliberately cancelled off by grinding out the bottom half. It seems that the newer number applied to the butt stocks of these functioned as the carbine's serial number.

    I tracked these and noted characteristics for a number of years. Based (only) on the examples I recorded, these appear to have been assembled/cobbled together from other donor rifles and carbines at Krakau, with minimal if any effort made to renumber parts to match. Most components had older numbers or had been cancelled out by lining out or deliberate obliteration.

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    Thanks Pat I was just glad I saw those markings! But we collectors here have a keen eye for spotting things! I have learned over the years always double check pictures on a certain item you just never know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warrior1354 View Post
    Thanks guys as much as I enjoy collecting Imperial German, Weimer, and WW2 era. I do have a small French collection as well the helmets we're all sold to me by collector friends here. Much thanks to my Louisiana buddy that lives on the Bayou and my Canadian beer drinking buddy!
    I should have asked this before:
    What maker's mark is on your Vengeur?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat View Post
    I should have asked this before:
    What maker's mark is on your Vengeur?

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    My French fighting dagger Pat?
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