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FAVORITE FIREARMS
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A French Bring-Back
M
y father acquired this 16-ga.
shotgun in Germany during
World War II. He was
with the 1262nd Combat Engineer
Battalion. It is a French gun, a
Robust No. 32, manufactured in
Saint-Étienne, France. He got
it in the vicinity of Erlangen or
Heroldsberg, Germany, toward the
end of the war when German civilians
were required to turn in any
firearms they had.
It has fl uid steel barrels and is in
good functioning order. Many years
ago, a gunsmith reamed the chambers
from the European 2½ " to the
much more common 2¾ " . It has a
spring-loaded leather sling that rolls
up into the stock and attaches to a
clip on the underside of the barrels.
I often wonder about the history
of this gun. Were French guns sold
and used in Germany at that time?
Did a German soldier bring it or
send it from occupied France earlier
in the war? I guess I'll never know
the details, but it is nonetheless
one of my favorites.
THOMAS R. HOPKINS, VIRGINIA
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