Model Search
Select Category
Previous trade name of airguns manufactured in succession, by Rivolier & Fils and Sociéte d´Stephanoise d´Armes, and Manufacture Française d´Armes et Cycles located in St. Étienne, France. Paul Giffard (1837-1897) was the designer of pump pneumatic and CO2 air rifles and pistols. Giffard´s 1862 patent for a pump pneumatic with an in-line pump built under the barrel is often credited with being the basis of virtually all pump pneumatics of the present time. The basic design quickly appeared (1869) in far-off America as Hawley´s Kalamazoo air pistol.
The first production CO2 guns were patented by Giffard in 1873. Giffard, and many military experts of the time, predicted that the CO2 guns would produce a major revolution in warfare; perhaps even lead to an end of warfare! Very small quantities of a hammerless CO2 rifle were made by International Giffard Gun Company Ltd. in London. Giffard also patented (1872) and produced an air cartridge rifle which is similar to the Saxby-Palmer air cartridge system introduced in England in the 1980s.

From Blue Book Publications:

No part of this information may be reproduced in any form whatsoever, by photograph, mimeograph, fax transmission or any other mechanical or electronic means. Nor can it be broadcast or transmitted, by translation into any language, nor by electronic recording or otherwise, without the express written permission from the publisher.