(see the link to Comblain Tools at the bottom of this page!)
GENERALLY: The Comblain is a Belgian design that was built in substantial quantities by the Belgian Syndicate of gunmakers operating in Liege.
PHOTO: M1882 Belgian Comblain
See also the correspondence from Sr. Adler
Homero F. de Castro to Brad Dixon discussing the varieties of Brazilian
Comblain, including some tantelizing information on the particularly obscure
Brazilian "Chu chu" :)
VARIETIES OF BRAZILIAN MILITARY RIFLES OF THE 19TH CENTURY
LIST OF COUNTRIES / SPECIFIC RIFLES:
Belgium Brazil Chile
(I have been told that PERU purchased some 2,000 Comblains but I have not been able to confirm this nor do I have any information about the model or manufacturer or markings. If anyone knows please let me know!)
EXCELLENT ARTICLE: For
a superior article on the Comblain and its cartridge history by Historian
Brad Dixon, a New Zealand Cartridge Collector,
click here ----> Comblain Drawn Case Cartridges
MISC NOTES: A
must see!!!!! Follow this link!! Le
Henrotin Ge'rard's wonderful site on the history and technology of the Comblain rifle. In french, so if you have trouble with the information let me know. The photos are universal though!
FURTHER READINGS: The History and Development of Small Arms Ammunition, George A. Hoyem, VOL II-Centerfire Primitive and Martial Long Arms, Armory Publications, Tacoma, 1982 pg 156. Special Note! For those with access to the Hoyem book, the back of the dust jacket illustrates a Chilean Comblain.
INFO on COMBLAIN TOOLS!
Revised November 12, 1999
Revised February 12, 2000