Some of the most beautiful work of this craftsman, and many others, are in this book “Liège Gunmakers through their Work. 1800 - 1950”.

For more detail see: LIEGE GUNMAKERS


Fabrique Générale d’Armes à Feu Joseph BERTRAND

The weapon

It is about a revolver says “Bulldog” to central percussion and box frame.

The rifled bore is round with front sight in half-moon.

The cylinder is grooved and comprises 6 rooms, the calibre was not communicated.

The lock is with rebounding hammer.

The rod swivels on an axis and must be introduced into the rooms to extract the casings from them.

The trigger under oval trigger guard is curved and smooth.

The plates do not seem to me origin nor their central attachment unit.

The left face of the carcass comprises a safety known as “Mauser”.


The weapon carries the punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:

ELG on star in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.

Coupled AH and spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.

R crowned; rifled bore, of use of 1894 to 1968.


Two marks (interlaced JB) struck the weapon belong to the General Manufactory of firearms Joseph BERTRAND street of Bassenge, 39 in LIEGE then since 1924 street Etienne Soubre, 3 in Liege.

1218: it is about a serial number.

C crowned on the barrel is an unknown mark resisting the identification for a long time. Some think that it would be about a mark of foundry but nothing is certain. Opinion with the scholars!


Bertrand Joseph

Rue de Bassenge, 39 – Liège



Continental (other name of "Le Rapide")/ Le rapide/Le novo/Lincoln/ Velodog


One of the private Belgian companies which manufactured guns of the most beautiful aspect. Bertrand manufactured automatic guns, but the Liege occupation by the Germans, in 1914, forced the factory to close its doors definitively.


Name  also used by other manufacturers. It was the most important Bertrand automatic gun , a 6,35 mm with a moving breech bolt which was slightly different from its predecessor, the model "le Rapide". The barrel and the frame are cast in only one piece, while the locking of the breech bolt is a distinct operation and actuated by a spring inserted in a cylinder above the barrel. The gun carries the mark "Continental" on the slide, but the grips are those of the model "Le Rapide".

Le Novo.


They were guns without any particular characteristics Caliber 6,35 mm or .320, of the"Vélo-Dog" type, very similar in their aspect to similar products provided by many other Belgian manufacturers (who often used the same one names); only the Bertrand monogram "JB" reproduced on the grips made it possible to identify them.

Le rapide.

Caliber 6,35 mm, almost identical to the "Continental" mentioned above, besides some modifications concerning the assembly of the trigger. The slide is marked "Manre Grl d' Armes et Munitions Cal Browning 6,35 Le Rapide", while the gripss carry the impression "Le Rapide" and monogram "JB".