France's RSC 1917 of World War 1 With Forgotten Weapons

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As a history buff it’s easy to find numerous interesting tidbits by studying World War I, but what’s really fascinating is the firearms. World War I may have run its course between 1914 and 1918 but that doesn’t mean there weren’t advances in firearms technology going on. For example, the French took it upon themselves to a semi-automatic rifle for their infantry. That rifle was the Fusil Automatique Modele 1917, more commonly known as the RSC 1917, and although it didn’t see use until the tail end of the war it was a fantastic weapon.

Today the RSC 1917 is hard to come by; there are simply far more collectors than there are guns. 86,000 of the rifles were manufactured running up the halt of production in November of 1918, and today you’d be hard-pressed to find one that actually works. These rifles are gas operated, featured a rotating bolt, and chambered in 8x50mmR Lebel.

YouTuber Forgotten Weapons has covered countless historically interesting firearms, and this one is no different. I readily admit his is the first YouTube channel I typically check, because, well, history is awesome, and when you combine history and firearms? Even better. Take a look at the video below to learn a bit about World War I and France’s RSC 1917. Then hit the comments and let us know what your favorite historically relevant firearm is – aside from the 1911, guys.

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  • Kip Hackman Kip Hackman on Nov 18, 2015

    Phew! That article took a lot out of me! It must have taken FOREVER to research how to embed Ian's videos in your article and write a blurb about how you like watching his videos!

    Also, how did you come to the conclusion that it was a "fantastic" weapon? Did you use it in the mud of the trenches? Or are you just stating something that you think might be true?

  • Armchair Command'oh Armchair Command'oh on Nov 18, 2015

    I guess not everyone can make as much of a contribution to society as you do, what with your snarky comment and all.

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    • Kip Hackman Kip Hackman on Nov 19, 2015

      @Armchair Command'oh Nope I'm good. I just like to see people put in the work to make their money, not ride others coat tails.