Dreyse Needle-Gun

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Dreyse needle-gun
Dreyse needle-gun.

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Depiction of the Dreyse needle-gun showing a full gun, a cross section of the percussion mechanism, and a cross section of a cartridge. This single-shot firearm was a military breech-loading rifle, famous for being the main infantry weapon of the Prussians between 1841 and 1873.
The caption reads in the original French: Fusil à aiguille prussien. — 1. Fusil entier. — 2. Section. — 3. Cartouche.

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