Francotte vs BSA in Australian service
Browsing through the latest Australian Arms auction catalogue over my morning coffee, I see two cadet Martini rifles, both stamped for Australian service, but one has a Francotte patent stamp and the other is just BSA.
Can anyone explain why BSA would acknowledge Francotte's patent on their Martini? Or maybe this is a misprint? Did Australia purchase Martinis from Francotte?
B.S.A. MARTINI ACTION CADET RIFLE: 310 Cal; std barrel length; vg bore; std front & rear sights; COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA & Victorian issue stamps to rhs of receiver; lhs has B.S.A. trade mark & address; blue/plum finish to barrel, action & fittings; g. profiles; clear markings; g. stock with minor bruising & has W stamped twice on both sides of stock; gwo & vg cond. #68774 L/R
FRANCOTTE CADET MARTINI ACTION CADET RIFLE: 297-230 Cal; 27½” barrel; g. bore; std front & rear sights with front sight having another sml addition of a v. sml target sight sleeve; lhs of action marked COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, FRANCOTTE PATENT; B.S.A. SMALL ARMS CO to breech; g. profiles & clear markings; bluish/grey patina to barrel; grey to bands, action & fittings; g. stock with minor bruising; unusual marking to butt A.C.C.C. N.S.W. (Australian Commonwealth Cadet Corp); issue date 6th month 1907; all complete; gwo & cond. #69005
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