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Hi, have just picked up this revolver along with a black leather with red velvet lined hoster. Some marking questions please ...On top of the strap in front of the rear sight, in gold letters is Depot A lisbonne and under that still in gold is F.A.Ventura. furthur down on the barrel now is (not in gold) Manufre Francse D'Armes St.Etternne. On the r/h of the barrel is some sort of proof mark and st etienne, In front of the cylinder is CJ one side and 531 on the other.under the barrel is 531. Were these dated? Thanks in anticipation.
 

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This is a civilian made version of the French service Modèle 1892 revolver not one made by the government arsenal Manufacture Nationale d'Armes de Saint Etienne (MAS) and therefore will not be usually dated.
These were made by Manufacture d'Armes et Cycles de Saint Etienne or otherwise known as Manu-France or 'La Manu' for the civilian market and exports. This one is probably one of the top of the line made ones due to the gold lettering.
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