Proving a firearm maintenance mat can be more than just a table protector, Real Avid’s Smart Mat includes functional characteristics, such as a tray for organizing small parts—including a magnetized compartment—and oil-resistant material for easy clean-up. Offered in handgun and long gun sizes, Real Avid also created 1911-, AR-15- and AK47-themed mats that feature diagrams and disassembly instructions. Price: $15 (handgun, M1911); $20 (long gun, AR-15, AK-47). Contact: Real Avid; (800) 286-0567; realavid.com.
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Despite the lessons learned during World War I, the U.S. Army lacked a purpose-built sniper rifle throughout the interwar period, even after efforts were made to develop one. The need became more apparent as World War II loomed, leading to the adoption of the M1903A4, with its developmental history explored here.