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Old August 15th, 2019, 02:27 PM #1
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Francotte's rolling block 22

Full disclosure: A friend and I are helping a widow with her late husband's collection. Obviously we want to be fair. We have been entrusted with this Francotte, a Bayard side by side (which I will post in another thread), and a model 12 Winchester 12 ga. I missed out on a P38. The Winchester I believe will easily have a new home, but this one and the Bayard we could use some help on. I am very taken with this Francotte for some reason but I have a feeling it might be out of my financial wheelhouse.

Anyway, any information, advice, or value would be appreciated. Please excuse the photos, I had to take them on my desk at work. The engraving in the metal and screws is fantastic and the stock is also with the exception of some splattered paint. The bluing is very nice. Everything works as it should, set triggers are great. The whole block assembly drops out and has some case hardened parts.

Let me know if any additional pis or info would help, and I thank you in advance.
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Very cool!! It is a "Martini" of some sort, but looks pretty high end. Wish I had better answers for you.
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The crown over ELG proof mark is Belgian I believe
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Is it long or long rifle?
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Is it long or long rifle?
Not quite sure how to tell, but I see why you are asking. Will investigate.
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Old August 15th, 2019, 08:42 PM #6
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Long - Long Rifle was not invented then.
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Long - Long Rifle was not invented then.
The .22 LR was invented in 1887 so it's safe to assume it was invented before that rifle was made.

Beautiful dropping block, Martini style rifle. I wish I could help with price.
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Interested if your interested in selling, just let me know.
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Patent date of the rifle is 1802.
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I will probably be interested in the Bayard (action type and condition depending) I have several of them and they just fit me.
The Francotte is a nice higher end 22 Martini action single shot rifle from a high end Belgian maker, you wont find anything in the price guides but it is a really nice classy gun. It isn't a target gun at least not by todays standards but BSA built a serious target gun on the Martini Action that is and was world class.
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