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I got an interesting French Mle 1887 revolver this weekend which resembles a French 1892 but has some differences.
It is made by St Etienne and is marked on the frame and cylinder. Other than that I have only found assembly numbers on the cylinder and cylinder pin.


 

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I think it was built directly as a civilian pistol, it could have been made from parts left over from the prototype run, or made by civilian companies copied from MAS parts.
There is no sign of former military acceptance (date on barrel, model on top of barrel, full marking on sideplate ...) even removed.
Such civilian revolvers were seen on mail order catalogs in the 1880s - 1900s, like Manufrance.
 
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