FN 1900 History: Easter Rising 1916

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FN 1900 History: Easter Rising 1916

Post by 81police » Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:39 pm

This FN 1900 was seized by British forces during the Easter rising in Dublin in 1916. Irish Republicans were obviously in need of firearms to continue their fight and this particular rifle shows their desperation in trying to acquire anything, sporting or military, to put into service. It's not known the degree of use this FN had in combat, if any, but it was captured and subsequently ended up at the Imperial War Museum where it still resides today.

A very interesting piece of FN 1900 history.


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Re: FN 1900 History: Easter Rising 1916

Post by In The Ten Ring » Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:11 pm

I love weapons with history.

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Re: FN 1900 History: Easter Rising 1916

Post by Roger » Tue Feb 24, 2015 8:47 pm

Hey Cameron,
How very cool this rifle and story are. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: FN 1900 History: Easter Rising 1916

Post by 81police » Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:23 am

I've inquired for more information from the museum, particularly the serial number. I'll post whatever they give me here!
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Re: FN 1900 History: Easter Rising 1916

Post by Hardrada55 » Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:43 pm

Very interesting historically significant firearm. I would love to know the circumstances of the capture.
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Re: FN 1900 History: Easter Rising 1916

Post by ikuturso » Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:54 pm

Great find, sir!

Seems to be in a nice condition, too. That was really a state-of-the-art rifle back in 1916. I wonder how many of those are still hidden in some IRA caches.

I guess if they ever had any more of them, someone would have written a catchy song about it, rather like the Armalite Song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsokPP-yQcg

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