Enter the forgotten lever-action semi-auto

With my recent acquisition of a Francotte-style rifle (my poor beat down Nepalese 1878) I have spent some time researching other Francotte firearms. One of which is among the oddest ducks I have ever seen:

The Model 1910 La Francotte-Automatique carabine

Francotte Model 1910 5 Francotte Model 1910 6

This Edwardian era little 6mm centerfire had an 8-shot detachable magazine but still used a modified Martini short-throw lever action, just like the old-school Francottes of the 19th Century.

However, once you loaded the first round into the chamber via the lever, each reload came semi-auto from the box mag. You could also lock out the self-loading feature and cycle the weapon manually via the more traditional lever.

Francottesemiautomaticrifle6mm.jpg~original

The Liege, Belgium-made gun weighed in at 4.5-pounds flat, was 37-inches long overall, and cost 150 francs in pre-WWI France.

Further, it was a take-down design, meaning it could be easily broken down into two pieces each about 17-20 inches long for easy carry. It was marketed as a light but effective small game and target rifle to the modern velocipedestrienne of the day in the same vein as the Marlin Bicycle rifle.

Francotte Model 1910 8

They are pretty rare as few were made.

I found one that was valued at a Rock Island Auction (where many of these images come courtesy from) a while back at $1500-$2500.

Francotte Model 1910 crest

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