M1848/68 Belgian Terssen:

The M1848/68) is officially called "Carabine Tersen" to distinguish it from the M1777/68 Belgian Terssen.  In reality it was the RIFLE of the "Carabiniers Regiment".

Subj:  M48/68
Date: 00-02-14 05:35:38 EST
To: KeithDoyon@MilitaryRifles(.)com (Keith Doyon)

It is good to hear from you again.
About the Terssen 48/68:  It means that this is a Terssen 68 derived (made) from the earlier M1848 Thouvenin Carbine. When they ran out of old Thouvenin Carbines they made normal M1868 Terssens which only are slightly different from the M48/68 in minor details: buttplate like the albini's, a straighter trigger and of course a complete new stock in one piece. The 48/68 using the stock of the Thouvenin in 2 pieces joined together under the barrelring.

Subj:  M48/68
Date: 00-02-20 05:35:38 EST
To: KeithDoyon@MilitaryRifles(.)com (Keith Doyon)

Congratulations with all the new discoveries. The site is getting bigger and bigger. I'm impressed.  While looking at the pics with the two Terssens M48/68 together I realised I
should have given you a little more information regarding the slight variaton of the two stocks.

Both Terssens on display together were made from old M1848 Thouvenin carbines. (M48's being an improvement of the already rifled Delvigne-Poncharra "M1841 Carabine de Chasseurs" ). The M48 Thouvenins were made with M41 type stocks.

M41's had two types of stocks: the first type, at the beginning of the 41 production,  was made from unfinished stocks still available from the stopped production of the M1777-like rifles which used a forward lock; the second type of stock is the "real" M41 type stock for the M41 backaction lock.  M48's with both types of stocks were used to produce the M48/68. Complicated? In those old days the small manufacturers of Liège never threw anything away.

When they ran out of old M48's to alter to M68's, complete new M68's were manufactured. I know of one around here and I'll try to make some pics of it from the moment I can lay my hands on it. This could take a while.


Lock and furniture virtually identical to the Belgian Albini-Braendlin


Operation is likewise similar (knob has to be rotated anti-clockwise) to the Albini.


Conversion date by the firm of Mordant in Liege, one of the members of the
"Petit Syndicate"

Two different examples of the M1848/68.    See letter above.

Left side views of the above two rifles.  Note the slight variation of the stocks.

Breech block pivot points are slightly different.

Also note that the left rifle rear sight has been fitted
with the M1880 HALKIN-modification; that is,
volley sights were added by addition of a leaf extention
to the rear sight with a corresponding "button"  sight
affixed to the right side of the center barrel band).


Page built February 14, 2000
Revised February 20, 2000
All photos courtesy of my Belgian Correspondent!