Think rifle marksmanship doesn't matter? A little more than a century ago, two small armies serious about rifle shooting held up the Kaiser's onslaught, derailing the Schlieffen Plan and saving Paris. Belgian and British rifleman prevented the Germans from knocking France out of what became known as the "Great War."
In April 1916, Irish rebels rose up against the British Crown. Armed with a motley collection of obsolete and modern rifles, as well as handguns and shotguns, they resisted the might of the British Empire for five days before final defeat. The rebellion set in motion events that would lead to Irish independence.
Memorial Day is a day that is a lot of Americans misunderstand. Frankly, we should thank our active duty military folks and veterans every day, not just on two Federal holidays a year.
Watch this feature segment on the "Guns of August" from a recent episode of American Rifleman TV.
The Short, Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III was the main British infantry rifle of the Great War. Learn more about this iconic 1913 rifle in this week's NRA Gun of the Week video.