This week on American Rifleman Television, we get a behind-the-scenes look at how Smith & Wesson makes the Shield Plus pistol, test the Rock River Arms RUK 9BT large-format pistol and examine the history of the French MAS Model 1936 rifle.
More than eight decades after its invention, the M1 Garand rifle continues to see use today fir both ceremonial and combat by foreign nations and militant groups across the globe.
For most of the 20th century, Lee-Enfield rifles were the backbone of the British army. The last British service Lee was the L42A1 sniping rifle. Built on the World War II No.4(T), the reliable and accurate L42A1 was retired in the early 1990s.
Since its acceptance for use in the service rifle class of competition by both the DCM and the NRA in 1974, the .308-Win.-cal. M1A and, to a lesser degree, other such M14 clones have risen from obscurity to ubiquity in the hands and minds of shooters ranging from Vietnam vets to ranchers to highpower rifle competitors.
While there are many military rifles that have seen extensive service, the Italian M1870/87/15 Vetterli-Vitali stands out as one of the longest-serving military rifles in any guise.
Watch this segment of American Rifleman Television's "I Have This Old Gun" to learn about the history and development of the Fabrique Nationale Model 1949 gas-operated, semi-automatic service rifle, which was made for several nations following World War II in several calibers.