Kammerlader M.1846/55 (General)

by Staffy, Friday, September 18, 2015, 12:16 (1782 days ago)

It was many years ago that I found this Forum following seeing a Kammerlader for sale with a US dealer. It prompted me to read up on the topic, although the multiplicity of types was difficult. When Nic offered his for sale, see earlier post, and it was just a short distance away, it was difficult to pass up and an opportunity to do a bit of research.
As will be seen from the attached photos, it has been refurbished at some time, the rear barrel band is not original and it has a C19th Swiss sling.
Thanks to an introduction from PommyB to GKA who, with persistence and patience, sourced a trigger guard.
The following possibly is old hat to members but I trust it rounds off the details of this particular rifle.
It was issued to the Christiansandske (gevorbne) Musketer Corps 2. Compagnie. To the rear of the new rear sight is the mark of Maximilian Gran, as is also to the rear of the lever pivot. So it would have been test fired at a range of 200 alen into a 12"x 12" target, scoring 6 out of 10 shots.
As to the Belgian marks, although Auguste Francotte was the principal contractor, the nature of the Liege gunmaking business meant that parts were outsourced from specialist contractors, with Gilles Decourtis being the major subcontractor, his mark being on the underside of the action/receiver. The barrel shows typical Liege proof marks and what seems to be a badly struck Francotte mark with AR below. I have not been able to determine whose mark JP/46 is, which is on the lock, just to the front of the rear sling swivel and small p's on most other metal parts. Whoever it was must have been prolific as the mark is also on other Belgian rifles, including an Albini M1841/53/67/80 in my collection.
It is unfortunate there is not a great deal on the marks of the dispersed out-worker system employed at the time in Liege, even in books such as Claude Gaier's Cinq Siecles d Ármurerie Liegeoise'. however, alantrigger01@hotmail.com is in the process of filling some of the gaps.
My thanks to patrick.vandepoele, Belgian Armed Forces Museum and Gjermund Fjeld, Norwegian Armed Forces Museum for their kind help with my enquiries.
There is a report on the M1846 in Mathieu Willemsen's excellent book 'Experiment and Trial', pages 120/121

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