The weapon for the first individuals

Perhaps no other gun brand that was so famous in Russia, as LeBeau, and its popularity is mostly attached with the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, that enjoyed and admired this Belgian brand.

Obviously, the king could pick any kind of weapon, however stopped at the weapons of company «« LeBeau-Coralli ». State, among one of the most famous pictures of the Emperor holding a version of the firm Grande Russe.

If you have the capacity to hold tools firm «« LeBeau-Corelli », you will definitely usage.

Right here I am such a lucky opportunity missed, seeing in among the Moscow shops shotgun «« Prince Golitsyn », so had the ability to analyze the high quality as well as qualities of a specific design, along with all brand names of Lebo.

Established in 1865 the firm Lebeau ended up being understood just in 1876, when he obtained the Grand Prix at the exhibit in Philadelphia to commemorate the centennial of the United States, and after that honorary diploma as well as a gold medal at the Paris exhibition in 1878.

9 years later, in 1897, at the industrial exhibition in St.-Petersburg the company was awarded a large silver medal.

After that the young Emperor Nicholas II, analyzing the advantages of the Belgian weapons, ordered from LeBeau paired circumstances of 20-gauge with a barrel length of 75 cm (they obtained numbers as well as 31831 31832, and subsequently entered in the catalogue under the No. 98 as a design of the Grande Russe). By the way, the Imperial weapons had a castle in the block.

It is interesting to keep in mind that prior to 1905 hunting in the Russian press points out August LeBeau did not exist, and also this although that he was currently a provider of arms to the Imperial residence.

Below, for example, composes L. P. Sabaneev in the second edition of «« Hunting calendar»»: « In Belgium, the very best gunsmith is considered, nonetheless, is not Frankot, as recommended from us, as well as Bodson, the weapons of which there are very many shooters of the charging of the Belgians»»

. However currently in 1905 in the price list weapon store A. Bitkova on the Belgian gunsmith is described as «« the newest star coming up of armour »«. « Among these values, as Perde, Holland-Holland — — we check out in the price list, he took equivalent place; his brilliant was appreciated by the emperors of Russia, Germany, Spain, and various other personages of the Imperial and Royal households to hunt with guns, made workshop LeBeau.

Pillow trunks full collection of hallmarks. Surprisingly, the cartridge chamber in this circumstances have a length of 65 mm. Picture by the author. Better splendor is rarely accomplished any artist-armourer.

August LeBeau is a vendor of the above High personages, and also it is the best recommendation ». Nevertheless, what is advertising, as it is now claimed. For a few years to make the company as well-known as well as even when the LeBeau was already dead (died in 1896)!

By the way, hunting brochures remained to commend his weapons up until 1913: «« LeBeau needs to be considered the initial master of Liege.»

» And really, state what you will, however a tool generated by the Belgian firm were of high quality as well as robust layout. The greatest appeal it took pleasure in among the Russian upper class, and also specifically for this target market, we developed a design with big names: «« Count Sheremetev»», « Prince Golitsyn », « Prince Kurakin » «, « Prince Kudashev ».

From a modern-day perspective, it was not precisely a version, more probable, adjustments or variations, various inscription, carving, size of barrels, boxes settings. A comparable image we observe at the leading tools manufacturers today: a few fundamental models are adapted based on the desires of the customer.

Some resources you can find info regarding that soon prior to his death August

LeBeau began to cooperate with the Ferdinand, Kurali. No documentary proof of this, but there are factors to think that after the fatality of LeBeau(July 23, 1896) co-operative culture «« Credit Union» » has actually submitted a claim versus the successors of the gunsmith financial obligation collection company in the quantity of 14 766 francs 22 centimes, after which it came to be the proprietor of Ferdinand, Kurali.

It is most likely he simply got the firm from the heirs or financial institutions as well as continued the job of LeBeau, using not just technological growths however additionally his name. Since that time the company has actually obtained the name that is to today — «— « LeBeau, Coralli ». Quickly, a brand-new firm called as vendor of several of the Royal residences of Europe — — Spain, Italy and certainly Russia.

The start of the XX century accompanied the surge of Belgian colonial plan. Battle and also transformation triggered the demand for tools of war. The company decided to try their hand in its production.

The choice fell on a military revolver Webley&& Scott, as well as in 1902, Corelli authorized a contract on supplies of the army of the Belgian Kingdom. The «« LeBeau-Corelli » had the chance to place their weapons in the showroom Webley&& Scott in London.

As an outcome of this close cooperation has actually created a new firm, called the Webley-Lebeau-Courally Continental Firearms Makers. She remained to produce rifles model Grande Russe with secure the block as well as the «« Prince Kurakin » with locks, copy the extracted castles Westley Richards.

Remarkably, the company, as we have actually seen, was not opposed to joint jobs. In the shop, where I was able to hold the original «« LeBeau-Corelli », was placed a gun, in style evocative the traditional design Lebeau, yet without the inscription, extra designs, and also on one side on the boards was the engraving Lebeau-Courally, on the various other — — Verney-Carron.

The background of this weapon still demands the research. What is it? A joint project? Defense, personalized made? Or weapon offered under the trade-friendly brand name?

After the First world battle the company « LeBeau-Coralli » waiting for a hard fate. Altered numerous owners; after its acquisition by Joseph Verre the company was called « LeBeau-Kurali-Verre ». Altered and also series of designs (listed suitable), increased variety of calibers.

Today, the firm generates 7 designs. Sorry, don’t have an old as well as iconic designs such as the «« Prince Kurakin ». More exactly, they are now called in different ways modern-day: Baron shotgun with vertical shafts 12, 16 and also 20th qualities and also Prince with horizontal shafts 12, 16, 20, 28 and.410-th calibers.

This weapon is a high difference, with locks on the side boards. Except for smooth-bore, there was a line of rifle-barreled installations Dauphin straight area of the weapons chambered in calibers 9, Зх74R, 8х57 IRS.

They are advised for searching huge pets the European. Bolt carbine Marquis made chambered in any type of quality from.222 Rem approximately.505 Gibbs. For mountain searching ideal, kyplot Archiduc, which is generated for the American market under cartridges from.243 Win to.300 WinMag, inclusive.

Chevalier carbine is chambered for.338 Lapua Magnum. Double-barreled fitting with horizontal trunks of the Big Five (as the name suggests, searching wherefore it is developed) is readily available chambered in.375 H&H,.470 NE,.500 Others and ne.

But back to the shotgun «« Prince Golitsyn » is in our hands. This is a real item of history of the XX century. This model, although established in the twenties of the last century, supplied the Imperial courts of Russia and Europe.

The arms are enhanced with fragile conventional etching with flower ornaments, it has a fantastic walnut, as well as, surprisingly, pad, as well as spot boards covered with well preserved coloured Kalka. And also not just them.

Also triggers have this coating, but it is uncommon and also looks original. All things USM covered with gold, which on the one hand shows the level of the weapon, and with one more — — protects parts from rust. To put it simply, the shotgun is in outstanding problem. Perhaps they simply didn’t utilize so exactly how to discover gun age about a century in such great condition is hard.

The butt is directly, as befits a gun of this course has no recoil pad. At the end of the buttstock there are two inserts covering the openings that are used to obtain the ideal balance of weapons with a barrel size of over 70 inches. What would certainly have been very easy not with these guns, they will certainly «« nod ». To create a «« counterweight » the butt is pierced and also in shape portions to the right to get the balance quantity.

Better, these openings are covered with walnut plugs. Weapons pricedata as well as comfortable, its weight, despite their long trunks, feels like very easy. The wide rib has an anti-glare a notch, made by hand.

On the right we see the barrel engraving Aug. Lebeau Courally Liege, licensing the origin of a weapon. As a whole, «« Prince Golitsyn» » leaves a very good perception.

Guns «« LeBeau-Coralli » completely linked with the history of Russia. As we wish to meeting with our tale as commonly as feasible, as well as well-preserved rifles throughout our laps as long as possible!


«« LeBeau, Coralli » complex and intricate history, a lot we do not know, but the facts speak about the tough course that led the firm to success. It is thought that it has existed because 1865 and originally birthed the name siblings Jules as well as Aug LeBeau.

23 Nov 1876 this partnership was abolished. In the very same year was signed the contract for a new partnership «« Brothers LeBeau as well as Co.» » with the capitalist Charles Minatom. The financier is required to invest in the firm to 100 000 francs. The objective of the partnership was the manufacturing and also profession of weapons, as well as all that «« attached ».

June 12, 1879, at the match of Laroche began the procedure of bankruptcy of the company, as well as in 1880 was stated bankrupt, after which the August LeBeau has actually developed a new firm «« an Elegant tool. August LeBeau»»

. After the fatality of Augustus LeBeau, the owner of the brand was Ferdinand, Kurali. Probably, he bought it from the successors of the gunsmith. In 1902 Ferdinand, Corelli signed an arrangement with Webley&& Scott on the supply of the army revolver, as well as the result of close collaboration has actually created a brand-new company, called the Webley-Lebeau-Courally Continental Firearms Makers.

After that, the company was several times on the verge of bankruptcy, yet each time was revitalized.


Throughout the power of Nicholas II organization of the Royal quest was engaged in a special court solution «« managing the Imperial searching of the Ministry of the Imperial court»». The tasks of the service consisted of the company of hunting as well as processing of pursued pets.

The designs for the yearly records was developed by a court artist-animal painter Rudolf Franz. In the document «« Journal of Imperial searching No. 9, composed of trappers Vladimir Romanovich Dizem» » provides info regarding the results of hunting through 1884-1909 year. During this time, the excellent princes and princesses killed 638 of 830 animals and birds.At the end of the open season, the service had compiled a list of trophies. The personnel of the searching team included more than 70 authorities: huntsman, stremyannyi, stable, foresters, and so on. In addition, as the beaters brought the soldiers, seafarers, as well as peasants from nearby villages. With 1906 on the quest to go in the vehicles.

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