Watch this American Rifleman Television video segment 'Over There! Part 8' to learn about the role of American snipers in World War I, the use of "trench gun" shotguns and the end of World War I.
In this American Rifleman TV segment of "I Have This Old Gun," we take a look at the history and development of the Mauser designed Karabiner Model 98AZ carbine chambered in 8 mm Mauser and used in large numbers by Imperial Germany towards the end of World War I.
When Nazi Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, they found the Polish military to be inferior in numbers, but not completely short-changed in effective equipment or fighting spirit.
During World War I, America’s top riflemen and British and Canadian instructors ran the United States’ first sniper school at Camp Perry, Ohio. The skills taught there would soon be used in the trenches of France, and then wouldn’t be taught again for 60 years.
After the American Civil War, repeating rifles and smokeless powder revolutionized shooting. Accurate rifles that didn’t give away a sniper’s position, combined with optical sights, made the stalemate of the Great War’s trenches ideal conditions for the sniper’s work.
Watch this feature segment on the "Handguns of World War I" from a recent episode of American Rifleman TV.
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."