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Manufactured by Clement-Neumann in Liege, this carbine was Europe's answer to Winchesters Model 1910 semi-automatic rifle.

It's estimated that only about 1,000 of this model were manufactured.

The left side of the receiver is marked "Modèle breveté /CAL. 401 S. L. (10,32 M/M)" and "Carabine automatique/Clément-Neumann/Liège-Belgique".

The serial number is marked on the lower left rear of the receiver. The bolt is marked with various Belgium proof marks and the bottom of the magazine is marked ".401 CAL.".

Fixed blade and notch rear sights on the matte solid rib, all blue finish and mounted with a multi-point checkered walnut forearm and round knob pistol grip stock.


The weapon

It is about an automatic rifle of hunting of gauge 401SL to magazine 5 shots.

It is 19.11.1908 which Charles Philibert CLEMENT arms manufacturer of Liège, street Chéri, 37 deposited a patent (n° 212172) for an automatic rifle of hunting based on locking by inertia.

Two years later, a patent of improvement (n° 229440) is still deposited by the same one.

This rifle named CLEMENT-NEUMANN bus based on work of Charles CLEMENT and Ernest NEUMANN, is armed by drawing backwards two ears connected to a bent stem independent of the bolt.

This weapon counts few subsets of parts, like:

- Barrel box of breech

- Block of locking and bolt

- Lock.

- Forearm and actioon.

- Magazine.

This weapon does not seem to have been manufactured in great series and became of this fact beautiful and rare weapon of collection.


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

Peron: inspection post 1853.

A spangled: countermark of the controller post 1877.

PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, of use of 1898 to 1968.

Non visible:

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

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



MODELE BREVETE : without comment

CAL. 401SL (1C-32 mm)


a) 1 page extracted the catalog JANSEN Frères in Liege has;

b) Sketch of the patent.

The reader will read with interest the very good article of Michel DRUART published in the magazine FIRE of March/April 2002.