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Turning a Musket into a Pike: The Arcelin 1856

The Cody Firearms Museum – Buffalo Bill Center of the West was founded in 1991 and has over 10,000 rare and interesting guns in their collection. One of the most curious they have shown off in the past couple of years for researchers is the French 1856 Arcelin system breechloading cavalry musketoon and its accompanying full-length sword bayonet, ideally for use together only when dismounted.

This thing.

The world’s foremost fan of oddball French firearms, Ian McCollum, did a great video on the Arcelin last January and just slightly more current, The Armourer’s Bench this week posted a new one that goes a bit more in-depth.