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Yes, France Had a Semi-Automatic Rifle in World War One, the RSC 1917

Did you know France use a semi-automatic rifle in World War One?

The RSC 1917 was ahead of its time when countries used mostly bolt action rifles.

Ian from Forgotten Weapons shows us this intriguing French World War One RSC 1917 semi-automatic rifle.

The French Army during World War One was one step ahead with their RSC 1917 semi-automatic rifle. Over 80,000 semi-automatic rifles were issued of this fast shooting, 5-round capacity rifle. That sure beat the bolt actions of the day in speed.

The problem with this model was that mud and grime could get into the action and cause stoppages. That’s obviously bad news for a battle rifle.

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Yes, France Had a Semi-Automatic Rifle in World War One, the RSC 1917