Antoine Alphonse Chassepot

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Antoine Alphonse Chassepot
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Antoine Alphonse Chassepot
Antoine Alphonse Chassepot

(1833-03-04)March 4, 1833
Died February 5, 1905(1905-02-05) (aged 71)
Occupation inventor

Antoine Alphonse Chassepot (1833–1905) was a French inventor and gunsmith. He was born in 1833 at Mutzig in Alsace. He invented the breech-loading, center-fire needle gun rifle known as the Chassepot. It was adopted by the French army in 1866 for which he received the Cross of the Légion d'honneur and a gratuity of 30,000 francs.[1]


  1. ^ John Walter (2006). Rifles of the World (3 ed.). Iola: Krause Publications. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-89689-241-5.

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