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Sarolea

A Flobert rifle of shooting of Liège manufacture with a heavy barrel, a butt with cheek, a Swiss rise, an adjustable front sight and a trigger guard with volutes. The butt plate is thicker (and heavier) than for a "normal" rifle; the stock is weighted to compensate for the weight of the barrel.

The markings

Peron (several times): inspection since 1853

ELG in oval under crown: accepted between 1893 and 1968

FL 22C: the caliber . 22 annular short I would specify that it is . 22 Flobert short (which, if I am not mistaken, is identical to the 6 mm Flobert short).

R crowned: rifled barrel.

AJ (? ) under crown: could be the mark of the Brussels arms manufacturer Adolphe Jan(s)sen, but without guarantee.

SL under crown : a source gives Sarolea in Haccourt, but no more is said. So without guarantee none. The Who's who of the Liège armoury tells us that Joseph Sarolea, being on the other hand well known, lived in Herstal. He started to make weapons or parts of weapons around 1850, but no weapon marked Sarolea is known. Thereafter, he manufactured bicycles from 1892 until his death in 1894. After that, the company produced world famous motorcycles until 1963.

DDT (?): unknown.

JJH: unknown.

A under star: countermark of the controller since 1877.

A witness rifle of the time (blessed? ) where shooting was extremely popular and well regarded by the authorities as contributing to the defence of the Fatherland. All the cities had their society(s) of "flobertists" who often practiced in the back-cafe rooms, or even at the communal shooting range.

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