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People who buy a Purdey will cough up $50 or so for some history. People that buy an old Robust probably blanch at the cost of 16 gauge ammunition, Gene.

Different elevation, so to speak.

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Agree but curiosity gets the better of some, especially if you like the gun, and it would be nice to have options. If the archives respond, I might ask some leading questions about the numbering system.


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absolutely gene, i'd be tickled to be a test case....and you guys that have command (a little, some, any...) of french, have an incredible advantage over those of us who can only (barely...) speak english. it's a 12 gauge, 70cm barrels, choke/demi-choke, extractors and straight grip stock.

what do you call a person who speaks three languages?

trilingual

what do you call someone who speaks two languages?

bilingual

what do you call someone who speaks only one language?

an american....

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Not to divert too much from the subject of guns: Back in my French teaching days, the Iowa French teachers came up with a bumper sticker: "Monolingualism can be cured!" The effort Gene has put into giving us a "Gun French" dictionary is amazing. When he started that, I poured through everything I had in French (which wasn't all that much) looking for more words to add to what was there. And this is the right place to have a resource like that.

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Tom, I need the caliber of your Robust. I seem to have lost it.

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it's in the post 2 messages past.


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Reading comprehension - F. smile. Message been sent with a "story" added (WWII in France, liberation celebration, etc). We'll see what comes back.

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Just to close this thread, FAB reported that the Manufrance gun SN records exist and are kept at Archives Departmentales de la Loire. He also said that it has been several years since they have responded to emails or written correspondence. FAB said to find the records you are looking for, you'll have to go to St. Etienne directly. Unlike British archives, who will do the research for you for a charge, the French apparently regard such arrangements as unseemly capitalism.

After Two emails and a snail letter, I've received absolutely nothing back from Loire Archives. I guess that's the way it is until someone changes the bureaucratic mindset there.


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