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Beaumont-Vitali Rifle

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Dutch service Beaumont-Vitali M1871/88 rifle - 11.3x50R mm

The Dutch Army service rifle Beaumont-Vitali M1871/88 (official Dutch index Geweer M71/88) is a conversion of the single-shot Beaumont M1871 into a magazine rifle by attaching 4-round box magazine system. This magazine was designed in Italy by Giuseppe Vitali, and previously used for similar conversions of Italian Vetterli Rifles. The M71/88 was the main rifle of the Royal Netherlands Army until it was replaced in 1895 with a 6.5-mm Mannlicher rifle. In the early 1910s, a large number of former Dutch rifles, converted to .43 Egyptian Remington caliber, were sold in the USA as hunting guns; this explains a large amount of Beaumont-Vitalis in 1918-1919 US war movies, usually standing in for rifles utilized by European powers in World War I.


  • Cartridge: 11.3x50R
  • Weight: 9.66 lb (4.38 kg)
  • Length: 51.95 inches (1.320 m)
  • Barrel length: 32.7 inches (0.83 m)
  • Action: Bolt-action
  • Feed system: 4-round Vitali box magazine

The Beaumont-Vitali Rifle and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Hearts of the World Robert Harron The Boy 1918
French, German, and U.S. soldiers
The Heart of Humanity William Stowell John Patricia Carbine 1918
American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers Full-length rifle and carbine
Shoulder Arms German Imperial soldiers 1918
The Lost Battalion German soldiers 1919
Blind Husbands Austrian police and soldiers Carbine 1919
Foolish Wives Police forces of Monaco Rifle and carbine 1922
The Big Parade French soldiers 1925
Chaplin German soldiers 1992

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