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A breechloading rifle introduced into the French army in 1866.

[French, after Antoine Alphonse Chassepot (1833-1905), French gunsmith.]


(ˈʃæspəʊ; French ʃaspo)
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a breech-loading bolt-action rifle formerly used by the French Army
[C19: named after A. A. Chassepot (1833–1905), French gunsmith who invented it]


(ˈʃæs poʊ)

a breech-loading rifle, closed with a sliding bolt, introduced into the French army after 1866.
[1865–70; after A. A. Chassepot (1833–1905), French mechanic, who invented it]
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There appeared now to be a constant danger of marrying the American girl; it was something one had to reckon with, like the railway, the telegraph, the discovery of dynamite, the Chassepot rifle, the Socialistic spirit: it was one of the complications of modern life.
Q: I have a Chassepot rifle, Model 73 that is 37 inches long.
The resulting Fucile d' Fanteria Modello 1860/67 was a bolt-action, needle-fire rifle inspired by the German Dreyse and French Chassepot rifles, and fired a combustible 17.5mm paper cartridge.
1.866 Chassepot rifles were obtained, possibly from German dealers, but were found unsuitable and returned to Germany to be converted to use metallic cartridges.
French long-service professionals fought against Prussian conscripts, Chassepot rifles and Mitrailleuse machine guns against the Dreyse needle gun, Krupp's new steel breech-loading six-pounder gun against the French army's four-pounder bronze muzzle-loaders, an efficient general staff against a poor one.