Argentina was an early adopter of the Mauser system, building the 1891 to fire the Argentine-specific 7.65 x 53 mm cartridge. As a result of Argentina's neutral position during World War I and much of World War II, most of the rifles remained unused, eventually being imported by the thousands into the U.S. by Interarms. Watch this “I Have This Old Gun” segment from a recent episode of American Rifleman TV to see why the Argentine Mausers were on the cutting edge of military rifle design before the turn of the 20th century.
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Sonoran Desert Institute was recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor for its efforts in hiring and recruiting veterans with the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award.
The modern Olympics, as we know them today, started in 1896, and there were shooting events at the games as early as Athens in 1906. After all, the man who put the games together, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was himself a French pistol champion. Neither the United States nor Great Britain sent rifle teams to Athens, but that changed for the 1908 Olympic Games in London.
The American Civil War was the first conflict in our nation’s history in which telescopic-sighted rifles were employed in combat to any appreciable extent. These muzzleloading, percussion rifles were fabricated by a number of civilian gunsmiths and gunsmithing firms, primarily for benchrest shooting matches.