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Syndicat des Pièces Interchangeables

Here is a classic shotgun juxtaposed with external hammers of Belgian manufacture (Syndicat des Pièces Interchangeables) which was sold on the Danish market. According to the punches, it is probably a reassembly of different parts: the left barrel was for example punched twice for the choke. The numbers on the table and the barrels are different.


Lion on PV: black powder proof between 1898 and 1968.

Peron: inspection since 1853.

12 C in vertical diamond: calibre between 1898 and 1924. It is at the very least curious that the barrels both date from before 1924 according to the indication of the calibre, but the punches of the controllers are at the earliest 1929..... Understand who can.

D 65 on 20. 5: length of the chamber in mm and diameter in mm after the optional test with smokeless powder, of use between 1892 and 1924.

ELG on star in crowned oval: acceptance between 1893 and 1968.

AC on L in circle and LLH: gunner Lochet-Habran, house founded in 1860 and active until the middle of the XXth century.

Choke 17. 4 on 18. 2 and 17. 5 on 18. 3: choke of the left barrel, sign that it was tested twice.

EL: provisional test since 1852.

ORNEN on the barrels under an eagle: it is the Danish and Swedish word for an eagle. The inscription in Danish seems to ensure that the weapon has been tested for the most powerful smokeless powders.

According to the Who's who of the Liège arms manufacturer", the "Syndicat des Pièces interchangeables" (S.P.I.) was active in Herstal between 1899 and 1946. It was an association of Neumann Frères, Janssen & Fils and Dumoulin fils & C°. This cooperative sold weapons based on a standardization of parts. The components came from the Fabrique Nationale (FN) but the weapons were individually finished in a wide variety of styles.

GP with the help of MD

Syndicat des Pièces Interchangeables

The weapon

Rifle of small hunting of gauge 16.

The steel barrels are smooth.

The lock round is with external hammer with key of opening “Top lever” It is engraved of foliage in hollow bottom.

The stick out of wooden of drowning is worked “pistol”.


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

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

Peron: inspection post 1853.

ML (read so well?) surmounted of a star: countermark of the controller post 1877.

EL in English letters: provisional test, of use of 1852 to our days.

16 C in a rhombus: gauge, of use of 1898 to 1924.

Choke 18.6/16.6: (read so well!) chokes barrels : calibre in mm to 22 cm of the breech and the mouth. In use of 1910 to 1924.

Other marks are also present but the not very clear photographs prevented me from identifying them.


13408: serial number.

ACL in a circle: mark of the manufacturer of barrels of rifles LOCHET-HABRAN (see site)

S.P.I. in a circle: mark of the manufacturer is the “Syndicat des Pièces Interchangeables de Herstal” (Trade union of the Interchangeable Parts of Herstal) Credit of 1899 to 1946. It is about an association between NEUMANN Frères, JANSEN & Fils and DUMOULIN Fils & C°. This enterprise sold weapons of sport based on the standardization of the parts. The components came from the National Factory of Weapons of War (FN) but the weapons were finished individually in a large variety of styles.