The Fusil Mle 1886 M93 "Lebel" is an 8mm bolt action infantry rifle which entered service in the French Army in April of 1887. It is a repeating rifle that can hold eight rounds in its forestock tube magazine plus one round in the transporter.
– Official Verdun Weapons Guide[2]

The Lebel, or 1886 Lebel, was a revolutionary bolt-action rifle developed by the French shortly after the Franco-Prussian war. It was the first widely issued smokeless powder rifle, which revolutionised small arms tactics – no longer would your fire obscure targets of the enemy and with hotter and more powerful propellants, the range of small arms fire greatly increased.[3]

The depiction of the weapon in Verdun is realistic, in that it shows many of the problems of the Lebel's early and compromising design. With a tube magazine, it can only be loaded one round at a time, though it has a capacity of eight rounds. Its bolt action is also relatively slow compared to many of the carbines and short rifles that would come later.

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Rifles and carbines Central Powers Gew. 88/05Gew. 98Kar. 88Kar. 98AZ
Entente BerthierGew. 89Kar. 89LebelM1917MLEMousquetonP14RossSMLESpringfield
Machine guns Central Powers MadsenMG 08/18MP18i
Entente BARChauchat (CSRG M18) • HotchkissLewis
Handguns Central Powers C96Luger (Artillery) • Reichsrevolver
Entente FN1900M1892M1911RubyWebleyWebley-Scott
Melee and grenades Central Powers BokerknifeFeldspatenM15
Entente F1MillsTrenchclub
Other WexM1897
Call-ins ArtilleryPlaneGasHeavy mortarSmokescreen

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