SOLD FOR: $1380
Make: French Mre d’Armes St. Etienne
Serial Number: G7181
Year of Manufacture: 1897
Action Type: Single or Double Action SA/DA Revolver with Swing Out Cylinder
Markings: The left flat of the barrel is marked with “J” in a circle and an “B” in a circle. The top flat of the barrel is marked “MLE 1892”. The right side flat is marked “S” and “1897”. The right side of the frame is marked with two proof marks and “Mre d’Armes / St. Etienne” in a cursive script. The right side of the frame under the cylinder is marked with the serial number, “G7181”. The hammer is marked on either side with proof marks/stampings.
Barrel Length: 4 1/2”
Sights/Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade pinned to a base that is integral to the barrel. The rear sight is a u-notch that is integral to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration and Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels. At the base, each panel has a weathered appearance. The right panel has a small loss on the rear edge and scattered minor nicks most notable in the smooth area at the top. The larger left panel has light nicks throughout the smooth area. There are no cracks. Overall, the grips rate in Very Good-to-Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is minor surface erosion nearer to the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 88% of its metal finish. There is minor thinning on most edges. The frame on either side has scattered minor surface oxidation. The barrel has a few more notable nicks on the top flat. Screws show light tool marks with strong slots and pins are unmarred. Overall, this revolver rates in Fine condition, as antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder locks up with light play on each chamber. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork, and Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: Made as a replacement for the Model 1873, the Model 1892 is a considered to be a firearm from the Golden Age of Firearms—factory methodology and practices were highly refined, but true craftsmanship and finishing were still a part of the process—and benefited from a long development started in 1887 that was interrupted by work on the 1886 Lebel rifle, and finally saw full production in 1892. The example on offer here is in great condition, rating overall as Fine with light finish loss, minor surface oxidation, and a good bore. Good luck and happy bidding!