Lebel Model 1886 rifle
A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, with a barrel that has a helical groove or pattern of grooves cut into the barrel walls. The raised areas of the rifling are called "lands," which make contact with the projectile , imparting spin around an axis corresponding to the...
which entered service in the French Army in April 1887. It is a repeating rifle capable of holding eight rounds in its forestock tube magazine plus one round in the transporter. The Lebel rifle had the distinction of being the first military rifle to use smokeless powder
Smokeless powder is the name given to a number of propellants used in firearms and artillery which produce negligible smoke when fired, unlike the older gunpowder which they replaced...