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.
Adopted alongside the U.S. Model 1855 Rifle and Rifle-Musket, the Model 1855 Pistol Carbine mated a shoulder stock to a big-bore handgun. While soon rendered obsolete by better carbines, such as the Sharps, the M1855s saw service against the Apache and Cheyenne and in the American Civil War.
In this week's episode of American Rifleman TV, we reach the end of our picks for the top 10 machine guns of all time with No.1, the Maxim gun, take a look at the Taurus USA G3 T.O.R.O. and examine the history of the Civil War-era LeMat revolver.
Though eclipsed by other repeaters—such as the Henry and Spencer—the rifle version of Col. Colt’s percussion revolver saw field service with Yankee forces throughout America’s bloodiest conflict.
As the British military modernized its arsenal in the mid-19th century, the Pattern 1856 Cavalry Carbine joined the iconic Pattern 1853 Enfield in frontline service.