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France’s Ultimate WW1 Selfloading Rifle: The RSC-1918

Hi guys, thanks for tuning in to another
video on I’m Ian McCollum, and today we have a very cool chance to take a look at a Model of 1918 French self-loading carbine. Called the RSC typically in the United States after the three inventors, Ribeyrolles, Chauchat and Sutter. Called the FSA 18 or Fusil Semi-Automatique in France. Now, the 1918 was only produced in really quite small numbers, like 4,000 of them. And it was an improvement upon the Model of 1917 self-loading rifle, which was produced in much larger numbers. 85,000 or so of these were actually made and issued during World War One, starting in 1917. This was the first self-loading rifle to see substantial combat use. And it had some problems. One is, of course, that it was really much too long for
practical use in the raiding and trench combat of World War One. Now the original rifle here is basically
the exact same length as a Lebel rifle. When they started modifying the gun and came up with the improved
1918 pattern, one of the main things they did was shorten it down. The other thing that they did that was of particular
importance was to simplify the gas system. So these guns actually kind of … would go on to have a
heavy influence on the development of the M1 Garand. The trigger systems are very similar, the
gas system is actually also rather similar. And the problem is in the 1917 you had a very complex
process to disassemble and strip down the gas system. Which is kind of required for cleaning it if you’re shooting
corrosive ammo, which of course in World War One they were. On the 1918 they massively simplified this
system, and it’s a far easier gun to take apart. So we will be taking apart the 1918 gas system out here. While we’re looking at the external side of these guns,
I will also point out the other substantial modification was the change in the clips
that were used to feed these. So the original 1917s were being developed
at the same time that the M16 Berthier update was being developed,
but by two different groups of guys. So both design teams wanted a 5 round capacity, but
they came up with different styles of clips independently. So the Berthier that went into large scale
service in 1917 had its own 5 round clip which was produced in large numbers
and would be used after the war. The 1917 [RSC] rifles had their own
different style of clip, not interchangeable. And they rectified that with the 1918. So
when they were starting to build 1918 carbines, they designed them to use the existing standard
Berthier clip and solve that logistical issue. Now when these carbines were originally
issued, ammunition was supplied in clips. So you didn’t have to try and find… Well, assuming your ammunition supply
was OK, you got clips with the rifle [ammo] they were disposable clips, you use them once just like Berthier
clips, and then just discard them. And we’ll get to that. We’re going to take these out to the range
today as well and we’re gonna do some shooting. And we found some interesting things
with the clips, so stick around for that. Before we go out there though, let’s take a closer
look at this 1918, and how its gas system works. So the main markings on the 1918s are going
to be on the left side of the receiver here. And we have Manufactures Nationales, MAS. Various parts of these guns
were made by different arsenals. Tulle made a lot of the parts for the RSC
rifles, but they were assembled by MAS. And then interestingly, I’ve seen several 1918s
now and they’re all marked in the same way. (… Let’s see if we can get the light on this just
right, yeah.) So we have an original marking here, These were … almost certainly made as
1917 receivers, so they’re marked Model 1917. And then over-stamped with an 8
to turn them into a Model of 1918. And then this 1919 date has been added in a slightly
different font. So I think what would have happened is the receivers were all originally
… converted from 1917 receivers, because the receiver itself doesn’t really change
very much between the two models. Then when they were actually assembled
it was 1919 before that happened. These guns really did not get into
service during World War One. And you’ll notice that the serial number down here
is pretty much the same font as this year marking. So I think this was added when the guns were
actually built, by which point it was 1919. If we look under the handguard on the barrel
there are a couple more markings that are relevant. This is of course the barrel marking, so this was
a 1918 manufactured barrel by Saint-Étienne. Then over on the other side we have our manufacture
and inspection stamps, and the F prefix serial number. This is just over a thousand. They
made about 4,000 of these guns, they did recycle some parts from earlier 1917
rifles, of course, besides just the receivers. So you’ll occasionally find them with things like 1917 op rods with
serial numbers that are far too high to have been 1918 production. Then on the bottom of the barrel we also have … a
couple other little marks. The relevant one there is the 11, and that is a month marking. So this was
November of 1918 that that barrel was installed. So let’s look at how the ’17 and the ’18 differ, and we’ll
start at the butt end and we’ll work our way forward. So interestingly the 1918s actually
have a shorter butt stock than the 1917s. The butt plate is slightly different in design.
You’ll notice it’s kind of nicely rounded here, and it’s simpler, it’s just a
piece of bent sheet metal here. We can tell that … this stock in particular, the short one,
isn’t cut down because we can see the serial number on it. Here’s the 1917 stock, and so
you can see the spacing between where the serial number was applied and the
end of the stock. And then if we look at the 1918, so this is a little tricky, but there’s one little
remnant of the serial number right here. You can see where it originally
would have been, so there’s the prefix and the number was right there, and
you can see this is the same spacing. So this stock was actually manufactured to be
a little bit shorter to help make the gun handier. Moving forward we have a … distinctive
difference on the bolt handles here. What’s interesting is I think this is the early style
of bolt handle, this is the later improved style. But some of these changes were done after
World War One and were … retrofitted on guns, and I don’t have good information on what happened exactly
when. So this 1918 still has the early model of bolt handle, it’s a little bit more difficult to take apart than this
one. But other than that, no substantial change. There were a couple different
versions of bolt hold-opens, the early 1917s didn’t have any. This is commonly
referred to as the third pattern. It is an automatic bolt hold-open. When
the gun’s empty it will lock open, like that. This hook locks into the operating rod, right
there. This has the same style of automatic hold-open to it. They also changed the magazine locking system. So in order to reload these guns, or load
them, what you do is grab this by its little textured section here, and
you open it all the way up. There’s a follower in here that we’re kind of
camming out of the way. When we close this cover this follower is spring-loaded and pushes cartridges up. You then put a clip in here, just slide it in the
bottom of the gun, and then snap this shut. Now on the 1917 this is held shut by this little
spring-loaded tab locking over that little bar. And you can see it snaps in there, and it was
good enough – but apparently not good enough. Because one of the things that they changed on
the 1918 was to make this substantially stronger. On the 1918 we now have this whole extra added
spring-loaded plunger, locking lug sort of thing there. It still works the same way, you still grab this, snap it open, put the clip in, and then close the cover. But this is
going to hold the cover shut much more securely. Both of these styles of rifle had upper handguards. This is something that was only added
to the Berthiers in the 1916 upgrade, but they did add it to both RSCs. Although the 1918 has
a handguard that comes all the way back to the receiver, where on the 1917 it’s only located
from the rear sight forward. So this is definitely an improvement, this makes it
easier to handle the gun without burning yourself. And then also the rear sights changed. So this is
pretty much a standard Lebel style rifle rear sight, this is pretty much a standard
Berthier style carbine rear sight. As with the Lebels, on the 1917 your battle sight
zero is … with the sight folded all the way forward, that’s a 250 metre zero. With the sight back like this, you’re
going to go from 400 up to 800. And then you stand the sight up
to do anything longer than 800. On the 1918 carbine that forward flip has been
done away with, and we have a rear sight that is graduated for 2, 4, 6, 8 and 1,000 metres. Moving all the way up to the muzzle end of
the rifle, we have two different nose caps. This is the standard nose cap from a Lebel or a 1915 pattern
Berthier, and a standard bayonet lug attachment as well. The 1918s have a slightly different model. This has
the curved stacking hook instead of the straight one. This was added to a number of different French rifles, mostly Berthiers. The colonial Indochina and Senegalese Berthiers
both use this sort of curved stacking rod, and they were occasionally also
used by cavalry or alpine troops. I think the idea was this was a little bit
less likely to get hooked on random stuff, whether it’s your gear or brush
that you might be going through. So you would see this come out in the trials
Berthiers, and Lebels after the war as well. But they put it on the Model of 1918 guns And then of course the gas system has been changed,
so the gas plugs here are in slightly different positions. And we will take a look at the gas system next. One other slight detail here. This bolt hold-open is held in place by a screw on the 1917 pattern guns, but it was replaced … with a cross pin
going through it right there on the 1918 guns. Now the owner of this particular one has added
an E-clip under here because this pin was rattling. But we can see this pin on other examples, for instance on the cover of
one of the Gazette des Armes there is a 1918 with that same style of pin.
And it looks like on this one they have … a corrugated washer underneath
it to provide some tensioning. Now, why exactly they changed that to a pin?
I am not sure, but they did for some reason. So the improvements to … the 1917 pattern gun
were actually done by only two of the three designers. Ribeyrolles and Sutter did the
upgrade from the ’17 to the ’18. Louis Chauchat actually died in September of
1917 and did not have a part in this upgraded rifle. Here are the two different clips.
This is the original 1917 pattern clip, and this is the 1916 pattern Berthier clip that
would be adopted with the late RSC rifles, so. Honestly, I think the 1917 clip is a better design. It
holds these cartridges … in a little more stable manner. … They don’t seem as likely to fall out. Now this is a post-war clip, and it’s possible
that it’s been used a bunch and that the originals right out of the packaging were stronger. As I
said, these were supposed to be disposable clips. So the fact that we are reusing them today,
they’re already beyond their design tolerance. But that’s the design there. There was only really very slight modification to the inside of the
receiver of the rifles to adapt from one of these clips to the other. Now the way that this gun actually works is that
there’s a gas port in the barrel here. Gas comes out, it’s going to get redirected 90 degrees back to a gas
piston that runs down the length of this handguard, it’s going to emerge out from
underneath this cover, right here, into an op rod that also acts as
a cover on the ejection port, and connects to the bolt right here. This is functionally very similar to the
M1 Garand where you have an op rod connected to the spring, comes out the side of the
stock basically, and then is connected to the bolt. So disassembly begins by
removing this brass plug. This gas port is interesting in that you
can see the hole into the barrel right there. And then what this plug does is take gas in that side,
comes up this hollow tube, and then spits it out these two … opposite holes venting 90 degrees the other way. So those holes are located [there], one of them just dead
ends, and the other one goes into the gas port right there. Now with the gas port out we can take the nose cap off, that’s
a simple matter of pushing down on the tension spring, that rotates up and comes off. Then we’re going to take off the rear barrel band. Then we can take off the handguard, this comes
off just like a Berthier handguard. There we go. Next up, in order to remove the gas system we have to
remove the op rod, and in order to remove the op rod we have to unscrew it from the bolt
handle here. So there’s a little wire spring. You can see from all the denting how this has been
done over the, well, century that this rifle has been around. What I have to do is push that spring
into the centre of … that handle. and then I can unscrew it.
So it’s kind of one notch at a time. This is why this was the early version,
and they improved it later on. If we get this, there we go, once we get it a
few turns in then that spring gets held inside. Alright, bolt handle is off. Now we’re going to pop off this dust cover. Just lift it up gently there. This was set up to use the tip of a bullet to do,
that’s why it’s got that semicircular hole. And it’s held in place by these two little
hands right there, so we can take this off. Now we have the full length
of the operating rod exposed, and what I’m going to do is lift
it up, pull it back slightly, and … the op rod will pop out of its
connection to the gas piston. … off of the bolt stub, and you
can see this lug at the front locks into this lug on the back of the gas [piston]. We’re almost there. Now we’re
going to take off the magazine cover. Unlock that first. So that screw comes out. Now this is one of the tricky bits, because we
have a follower locked inside the magazine there. We need to … So we have two little feet here wrapped around
the follower, and we also have a couple of basically plunger ends that are inside this sheet metal cover to
prevent it from coming off. But we need to get it off now, so there we go, alright. So this sheet metal cover came off. One quick point of interest here. This is the 1917
magazine housing or cover, this is the 1918. So you can see at the back. We have this little sheet
spring as opposed to this much more heavier duty retaining hook. And then they also
reinforced the front end of the 1918. Where the 1917 just was held in place
by a screw and one little finger right there, on the 1918 they have the screw in front and then
two metal bars that are going to lock into the receiver. So those hook into these two little recesses right there. So apparently it seems that the magazine housing was probably
the biggest source of problems other than the gas system. So they reinforced it front and back. Alright, so we are ready now to remove the gas system
from the gun, having taken off just these couple of little bits. At this point, however, it is pretty easy.
We’re just going to pop this down, and this slides (put that back in). This is the handguard and the front
gas tube and the recoil spring assembly. It slides off of this pivoting assembly. You can take this off by removing the bolt lock but we’re not
going to get into that today because it’s not really necessary. And back here this is identical to the 1917, it’s
the front end that’s different. So once this is off, then we can pull the handguard
off of the front gas tube. We can pull the gas piston itself out.
This is much simpler. Now it’s also worth pointing out that this
guy has a removable plug on the front. So if you’re just cleaning this in the field you
don’t have to go through everything we just did. You … take out this screw, you take off the bolt handle, the op rod, and then you can take the gas piston
and spring assembly out the front of the system. So it’s a little simpler, you don’t
have to take the whole handguard off. … And that’s an improvement over
the 1917, which had no such option. So there’s a better view of the gas block in the gun. … You can see the gas port pretty
clearly now, and our gas plug threads into that. So when this is fully assembled it’s going to be like that. Gas
is going to come out here and get redirected backwards into this tube. Where it will immediately hit this gas piston. Alright, so … this isn’t a completely disassembled 1918,
but that’s the front end all the way disassembled. And I think that’s as far as we’re going to take this apart today.
The back end is actually mechanically identical to the 1917. One of the other features added to the 1918, which unfortunately
we don’t have on this specific example, was a rotating dust cover. The back end of the receiver here had
this open slot for the charging handle, and that was obviously a source of debris
getting into the guns in the 1917 pattern. So … it’s a cool two-part sliding cover that you can
close that then opens automatically when you fire. These are the two mounting screw holes for it, but as I
said, unfortunately it’s been removed on this example. However if we refer once more to Gazette des Armes,
you can see pictures here of the dust cover closed on top and then opened on the bottom. One of the interesting aspects to the history of
these guns, both the 1918s and the 1917s, is that allegedly, apparently, in the ’30s the French
military still had some of these things in service and apparently they re-issued them to colonial troops. And they deactivated the gas systems … in the 1917s,
I think, by hammering a pin in through the gas port. The gas port on the 1917 is built a little differently, and you could
do that without having the pin go straight into the muzzle [bore]. But they may have either just discarded these gas plugs,
which would certainly render the gun manually operated. Or done something else to disable
their semi-automatic functionality. I guess in theory this is because they didn’t
trust colonial troops to have self-loading rifles. It’s possible maybe these were meant for police type
organisations where, you know, for more political reasons they didn’t want or didn’t trust them to have semi-autos,
they wanted them to have manually operated guns. With the gas system deactivated in this way, the … clip feed
still works but you have to manually cycle the bolt for each shot. Now everything I’ve read says
that the French did this in the ’30s, I’ve yet to actually see an example
of the guns deactivated that way. I suspect that’s because the guns that
are available in North America came back primarily after World War One
before any of that work was done. These 1918s were also apparently issued
out to some French units in the late 1930s. Whether they were intact to begin with, or rifles
that had been deactivated and were then reactivated, isn’t entirely clear. But apparently there were some French
units that had these, especially border guard type guys. So they briefly sort of saw service in World War Two. I don’t
know of any accounts of any actually being fought with. Instead they were issued out, and then
surrendered and collected up after the armistice. So I think the 1918s that are in the US came
back after World War Two in fact for that reason. The main combat action where the
1918s saw actual use was the Rif War in Morocco in the early 1920s, and
apparently they worked quite well there. Now just because we could with the 1918
design, we reassembled this without the lower handguard on it. So you can
actually see exactly what’s going on here. So we have gas coming down here,
and that’s going to push on this piston, which compresses the spring, pushes
the bolt and the bolt handle all backwards. All of the way back to there (disable the hold-open), that then cycles forward, uncompresses the spring and it’s ready to fire again. This is really a much better system than the ’17.
It’s all the same basic mechanical operations, but it’s been redesigned in a way to
make all the parts actually accessible. We know the receivers for the 1917 here,
and the 1918 here, are basically the same. So there’s a question of what did they
do to change between using RSC clips and Berthier clips? And I think we can
get a pretty good idea by looking inside. So if we look in the 1917, there is a rectangular
bar right there at the back of the receiver. That bar is clearly set up to fit right into
this corner of the clip and lock it in place, and then … this back surface of the clip
sits flush on the back surface of the receiver, just like that. Now with the Berthier clips they were
not able to do quite the same thing. You can see that bar is gone because there’s no
similar style of notch in the top of the Berthier clip. … I believe what’s happening is that
the Berthier clip is sitting like this. So the Berthier clip has two angles, two surfaces on
the back. I believe now this one is loose in the 1918, it’s not in direct contact with
the rear of the magazine well. This one is. We also have the little magazine
catches for use in the Berthier, and you can see that there is a groove which already had to be
in there for the follower, or for something. I think actually that was just cut in for the
little pin for the original magazine catch, but leaving that groove gives you
a place for this little catch to sit, and then that clip can sit right
in there and fit and function. So in theory, it would actually
probably be fairly easy to convert an RSC clip gun to a Berthier clip gun
by removing that little bar in the receiver. And as a matter of fact, we know that they did make
1917 carbines where they would take the original long rifle, cut it down, change the gas system to the 1918
pattern, change the guns to use Berthier clips. The … distinctive feature that remains that
indicates that they are actually converted rifles, is that they have rifle rear sights instead of
carbine sights. So some of that was definitely done. In addition you can see the arms here of this,
this is like the follower housing assembly, and on the 1918 here they extend a little
bit farther back than they do on the 1917. These arms have a definite purpose,
they are to support the front end of the clip. … So if we go back to looking at the clips, you can see
that the Berthier clip is slightly shorter in this dimension than the RSC clip. If we put an RSC clip right in,
you can see right here that that front edge of
the clip is nicely supported. If we try to put the RSC clip into the 1918
gun it won’t fit, because the clip’s too long. The Berthier clip, however, fits in quite nicely. And in the 1917 the Berthier clip
is not fully supported at the front. So if you were to convert this
without lengthening these, I expect this clip would be loose
and probably not feed reliably. Hopefully you guys enjoyed this look at the
1918 carbine in comparison to the 1917 rifle. A big thanks to Paul who owns both of these
rifles, and was willing to let me take them apart and take them out shooting and bring
you guys this cool footage. So thanks Paul. And if you enjoy seeing this sort of thing on-line,
do consider checking out my Patreon page. It’s support from viewers like
you at a buck a month over there that makes it possible for me to travel, find
guns like this, and bring them to you guys. Thanks for watching.

100 thoughts on “France’s Ultimate WW1 Selfloading Rifle: The RSC-1918

  1. Had an opportunity to buy a parts kit and de milled receiver of one of these. Hadn't jumped at the opportunity because parts are near impossible to source

  2. Speaking of French rifles, thanks for purchasing the Lebel from my pop's gun shop.
    I really liked that rifle, luckly it's in good hands now

  3. Why were early Garands built with a gas trap system if the regular gas port system on these French rifles had been proven so many years earlier?

  4. I don't know much about French guns but I can say one thing for certain, this is the most Frenchiest gun ever. Just, someone with no knowledge of firearms could just glance at it in passing and go "toe to tip, that's French." Marvelous.

  5. This definately seems a far more serviceable weapon than the RSC1917 – was it merely cost that stopped this being more widely adopted in the interwar period or did it still have various reliability issues?

  6. Ian-when i was a teenager i belonged to the NRA youth program and one of the rifles we learned to fire was a 8.3mm anti material weapon-it was bolt action 3 shot and the built-in clip came out the right side of the weapon-it was a ww1 weapon-can u find it and examine it

  7. I do know that the French MAS 49/56 is an awesome semi auto battle rifle. The MAS 36 is a great bolt action. Both in 7.5 French. I own both. I'd love to own that also. I love firearm history.

  8. I'd like to know the purpose of those copper stripes on both sides of the guns' magazine covers. Does anyone have an idea? It seems like the pattern has changed between the 1917 and 1918 as well.

  9. Hi Ian. Thank you for making such solid content. My friend and I have been watching you for 2 years in Ireland! Really enjoy it keep up the brilliant work!

  10. Concerning conversion to "bolt action" – one could just replace the brass gas plug with a solid brass cylinder, with the same threading and screwdriver slot, so as to not prevent the rifle from ever being converted back. Not sure how well that'd work IRL, but I wonder if anyone has tried something like that before.

  11. since it would seem that all the 1918's always locked open on the last cartridge…… wouldn't it be the time to switch clips? since the last round has been removed from it….. would this be the reason for it happening?…..that way you would have 5 rounds ready to go?…..until the next time the clip is empty?

  12. Curiosity question:
    Since the 1918 engages the clips on the notch at the top, and the follower pushes on the cartridges from the bottom, would a three-round berthier clip also work in the 1918 rifle?

  13. Ian, thank you for this great representation. I hope one day you can explain why France held onto the Lebel cartridge for as long as they did, as this really does seem like the last gasp of this particular ammunition. You may have done that already and I missed it, but I had to ask. Cheers, mate.

  14. After you made various videos on french self-loading rifles & the "proud promise" book, prices went up SUBSTANTIALLY. They used to be 50-100 dollars and now they're 500-2000.😣

  15. Im a noob. But the clip cover seems to me an overly 'complicated' (manufacturing purposes) dust cover for 5 rounds. As opposed to jamming the clip into the gun like an M1 (I understand it's a later design)

  16. Shouldn't the video title also include the FSA designation? If we frenchies search that only on youtube, we wouldn't find this video as it is named with the RSC designation only… Nice video as always though!!

  17. hey ian, i would assume that the rasp marks on the stock was indicative of war time production, but what's with the brazing on the magazine covers? also, i thought the barrel band retention springs were cool. they've been in use since the pattern of 1728 musket. i just thought that was interesting.

  18. Being the rifle is so rare, and it has been said there are none in any museum in NA or Europe, is it possible to place a value on a complete RSC1918?

  19. Does anyone know why the gasport plug is drilled through the both sides? Was it ease of manufacturing? For venting? Or there isn't any particular reason and I'm just overthinking the ''issue''. And as always well done to Ian; great video.

  20. hum hi i just wanna say the french is tricky, you don't have to say the L at the end of "fusil" this rule also work with the S at the end of "Paris" for exemple 😉

  21. We wait anything about th Mas 39 CR for paratroopers and montains infantry me father was lucky to fight with it and another video abut the Mas 40 or 44 who will become the Mas 49 the rifle of the french army while the middle of th 80th

  22. Jesus!…
    After so much work disassembling it, cleaning it and putting it back together, it'd better be a hell of a gun…
    I've yet to see the shooting part.

  23. This is when you realise how great the Kalash is… could have stripped and reassembled a dozen AKs in the time it took to do the first half of one of these.

  24. Why is it that by this era, machine guns and self-loading pistols were everywhere, but for a military to develop and build a self-loading infantry rifle was a seemingly impossible task?

  25. HA HA HA never fired only dropped once ha ha ha XD what a funny original joke XD el oh el

    But seriously I love your videos and it's hilarious how you mispronounce the French words. Keep doing the good stuff my dude.

  26. This rifle makes me really wonder what all the interwar weirdness in semi auto rifles is about. All this RSC 1918 design would have needed is maybe a little bit lightening, adaption to a more modern (more straight) Cartridge and a 10 round magazine and it would have been good to go for decades. Certainly with that bolt I bet it is probably more safe and accurate than allmost all other semi auto weapons that came in the next thirty years.

  27. That was a real eye opener for me, thanks, I didnt realise that slrs were about, this early.
    One thing that occurs to me,, looking at the gas blocks in all the riles that you break down – all seem to make the bled off the barrel gas traverse 90 degree bands/corners, fro bleed hole to gas lock piston. using proven aerddynamic principles, there is going to be a lot of turbulence/inneficiency in gas flow. My intuition yell me that. also, a flat face for gas pistons is not a good idea. (maybe, concave is better).
    I feel pretty confident, tha tmore energy could be applied to the bolt cycling, if good physics isr applied to achieve better gas flow. This could make the difference to the rifle operating oh with weaker ammo

  28. We have to notice that such a complete dissassembly was Not allowed to the troopers on the field; this was the task only allowed to second level "armuriers".

  29. seems like it would be a fairly expensive/complicated manufacture. like the way the gas port on the barrel has that threaded block. just seems a little more complex than needed.

  30. it looks like the little block in the mag well that the clips would be sitting against would determine if the rifle use the custom or standard clips becuase the 1918 block seems to be longer to compesate for the standards clip shorter length, so converting it may be as simple as swaping the block out if its not permently attached to the receiver

  31. Back in 1962 my dad put our farm land into the soil bank, and we moved to town so my two sisters could attend high school. The first apartment we moved into was a small house that belonged to a very old cigar smoking man who was nearly deaf. It had a kitchen/living room/dining room combo, and one bed room which mom and dad took. The girls slept in the combo room on a day bed and a couch, and I slept on the other side of the house, going through the old man's part and in a small bedroom with two beds, I shared this with a transient who rented the bed from the old man. In the corner of my bedroom lay an old Amy Footlocker with the old man's son's name on it, he had served in WWII. Atop a wardrobe was a helmet that looked exactly like the one you wore in this video. In the foot locker were the son's bringhomes, there was an officers dagger with the pearl like handle and swastika, with sheath and some sort of shoulder rig, and a knife from the Hitler Youth. There was also a small French revolver, the fellow's medals and a lot of other items that a boy of 10 was not very interested in. Oh there was one of those little peep plastic deals with a topless lady in it, that was my favorite. Sure wish I had that footlocker today. The old man, his son, and for that matter that house are all dead and gone now, I suppose the folks who were left got it all and have the knives. Wish I had taken them, I doubt the old fart would have noticed, but I have never been a thief, even when I was ten. I sure did like playing with those knives though, never gave any thought to their value, and back then they were probably worthless.

  32. On a 30 minute video, there's a strong correlation between Ian saying "Stick around for that" and SnoopReddogg cancelling his next appointments…

  33. When loading, do you just insert the clip and close the cover, or do you have to strip the rounds and remove the clip? (I assume the former, in this case).

  34. I was gonna comment saying "why the hell not adopt that after the war?" then I saw the disassembly part x)
    No fucking way you could get a french peasant or factory worker to properly do that in the 1920's.

  35. Ian, is that YOUR 1918!? Ooops, no, I guess not.

    One wonders why they didn't settle on this after the war. I mean I know why, but dang: recharges that friggin baby and get ready to shoot some Nazis! Imagine a half million of these converted to 10 or 20 round box mags in 1939?
    Stop the Germans?….probably not, but it wpuld have been a ride surprise.

  36. The RSC 1918 is like if Yugoslavia tried to improve the Yugo car. It's just not that good of a design. These guns still had trouble with mudd and why only 5 rounds? The British had SMLE rifles with 10 round magazines!
    Did the French not thrust it or something? Also how come they went with such a long gun in the first place?

  37. from 16:20 to 16:50 he is just struggling with the magazine. those are some awkward moments where a wwi rifle tries to resist

  38. I love how close they were to making a magazine fed rifle. Just make the bottom part fully detachable, and able to hold cartridges, and you’re good to go.

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