Top - Mle 1892 Berthier Artillery Musketoon
Middle - Mle 1902 Berthier Colonial Carbine
Bottom - Mle 1916 Berthier Carbine
The French Berthier Rifles
CAL. 8 mm Lebel.
BERTHIER 1892 MOUSQUETON D'ARTILLERIE T. 1927
BERTHIER MODEL 1907/15 INFANTRY RIFLE
FRENCH DAUDETEAU
BERTHIER 1892/16 CARBINE
BERTHIER MODEL 1916 INFANTRY RIFLE
FRENCH DAUDETEAU CARBINE
THE BERTHIER RIFLES by John Sheehan
BERTHIER 07/15  CARBINE
REMINGTON 1907-15 COMMERCIAL  RIFLE

The French discovered a serious practical defect in their standard issue Lebel rifle.  Thus, two years into the war, the Berthier was issued as an improvement.  Officially titled the Fusil d'Infanterie Modele 1907, Transforme 1915, the replacement rifle was, like the Lee-Enfield, clip loaded.  The differences with the Lebel did not stop there however.  The rifle's sights were different as was its bolt mechanism.

A fine weapon, the original Berthier (designed in 1907) nevertheless suffered, like its predecessor, from a design flaw - its magazine held only three rounds.  A modified version, produced in 1915, increased this to five rounds.  The result was the Fusil modele 1916, loaded from a six-round clip or charger.

Immediately popular demand was such that certain supplies of the model were produced in the U.S. by the Remington company.

Berthier Disassembly
Bolt Disassembly
 



BERTHIER 1892 MOUSQUETON D'ARTILLERIE T. 1927
Caliber:8 mm Lebel

System of operation:Bolt-Action
Length overall:Bolt-Action
Barrel length: 17.85 inches
Feed device:3 shot clip loaded internal Box magazine
Sight:Front:Blade type
Sight:Rear:Ramp-and-leaf sight
Weight: 6.66 lb
Muzzle velocity: 2090 f.p.s.

Close-up of the special 5 round clip that was needed to load
the Berthier 1916 rifles and 1892/16 carbines Mannlicher type magazines.
 
 
 
 
 
 

BERTHIER 1892/16 CARBINE

CAL. 8 mm Lebel.

Close-up of Berthier 1892/16 carbine Mannlicher type magazine,
a special 5 round clip was needed to load the 1916 Berthiers.

Close-up of the special 5 round clip that was needed to load
the Berthier 1916 rifles and 1892/16 carbines Mannlicher type magazines.
 

Typical French ring-shape sling swivel           Close-up of nosecap and stacking hook.
used on french arms since 18th century.
 
 
 

BERTHIER MODEL 1907/15 INFANTRY RIFLE

Caliber: 8 mm Lebel
System of operation: Bolt-Action
Length overall: 51.4 inches
Barrel length: 31.6 inches
Feed device: 3 shot clip loaded internal Box magazine
Sight:Front: Blade type
Sight:Rear: Ramp-and-leaf sight
Weight: 8.4 lb
Muzzle velocity: 2300 f.p.s.

                                                                                            Typical French ring-shape sling swivel used on french arms since 18th century,
                                                                                             note that the 1907/15 was not equipped with a handguard.

The special 3 round clip that was needed to
load the Berthier 1907/15 rifle Mannlicher type magazine.
 

Close-up of the nosecap and stacking hook on the 1907/15 rifle.

BERTHIER MODEL 1916 INFANTRY RIFLE

Caliber: 8 mm Lebel
System of operation: Bolt-Action
Length overall: 51.4 inches
Barrel length: 31.6 inches
Feed device: 5 shot clip loaded Box magazine
Sight:Front: Blade type
Sight:Rear: Ramp-and-leaf sight
Weight: 9.24 lb
Muzzle velocity: 2300 f.p.s.


                                                                                                                                                              Typical French ring-shape sling swivel
                                                                                                                                                               used on french arms since 18th century.

Close-up of Berthier 1916 rifle Mannlicher type magazine,
a special 5 round clip was needed to load the Berthiers
and small trap door was added to prevent dirt from clogging up the magazine.
 
 

BERTHIER 07/15 CARBINE

Detailed Photos Here
 

TURKISH BERTHIER 07/15 FORESTRY CARBINE

Cal. 8 mm Lebel,


Made by St-Etienne Arsenal and rebuilt by the Turks in 1948

French Daudeteau
8 mm Lebel

Daudeteau Bolt Action Magazine Rifle possibly Salvadorian Military Issue. Cal. 303

Yet another of the Berthier family of which very little is known. Very few were produced and those that were found their way to Indo-China

French Daudeteau Carbine

8 mm Lebel