Want to shoot heavy bullets out of an M1 Garand without bending your op rod or damaging your gas plug? All you need is a socket wrench.
When the U.S. Army sought a sniping rifle based on the M1 Garand at the end of World War II, the M1C, with its offset scope, was delivered in small numbers. Never the best solution, the M1C performed adequately in post-war service and remains one of the most highly prized American military rifles.
The 158th Infantry would become associated with an obscure variant of the U.S. M1903 Springfield rifle, the so-called “Bushmaster Carbine.”
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.
Though it didn’t produce lasting success, the Hotchkiss Portative Model 1914 MK1 is the firearm that brought the American military into the 20th century in terms of a portable, light machine gun.