The U.S. Krag-Jorgensen was America’s first bolt-action repeater chambered for a smokeless-powder cartridge. In the hands of American troops around the globe, the Krag played a small, but key, role in the rise of the “American Century.”
Swept into World War I in April 1917, the U.S. military desperately needed .45 ACP handguns. Both Colt and Smith & Wesson had existing revolver designs adopted as the Model of 1917, and they would go on to serve again during World War II.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program, a privatized entity that was formerly the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship, is selling surplus M1911 and M1911A1 handguns from the U.S. Army in order to support its mission of teaching and promoting marksmanship.
In this week's episode of American Rifleman TV, we near the end of our picks for the top 10 machine guns of all time with the Browning M1917 and M1919 family. We also take a look at the Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Combat Optic Ready handgun and examine the Vietnam era XM177E2 CAR-15.