The Ward-Burton Rifle: America's First Military Bolt-Action
During the U.S. military’s search for a breechloading rifle design in the years after the Civil War, America’s first military bolt-action was deemed both novel and sometimes dangerous.
Rifleman Q&A: Augusta Arsenal M1A1 Rework
My question concerns the arsenal stamping “AAL” on the left side above the pistol grip. “AA” should stand for Augusta Arsenal, but what does the “L” signify?
America’s Prototype 'Trench Guns' Of World War I
Arms of all sorts were in high demand at the onset of the Great War, including a new type of close-quarters combat firearm: the repeating shotgun. Though several designs were explored, only a few made it into the trenches before the Armistice was signed.
Rifleman Q&A: Mismatched Parts On An M1941 Johnson?
A reader inquires about M1941 Johnson mismatched parts and the affected collector value.
Rifleman Q&A: Springfield M1903 And M1903A1 Stocks
A reader inquires about stock configurations for M1903 and M1903A1 Springfield bolt-action rifles.
Rifleman Q&A: My 'Defective' Garand Operating Rod
A reader inquires about possible M1 Garand rifle defects due to issued "cut" operating rods.
Rifleman Q&A: M1903 Arsenal Repairs?
A reader inquires about modified and repaired gunstocks used on surplus M1903 bolt-action rifles that were sold by the CMP.
Rifleman Q&A: G.I. M1911 Production
From the archives of American Rifleman, learn about the history and production of the most widely used U.S. military handgun of the Second World War.
Rifleman Q&A: Serialized Springfield Bayonets
I have noticed that many bayonets for the M1903 Springfield rifle have serial numbers. Were the rifles and bayonets supposed to be issued with the same serial number?
Rifleman Q&A: Early U.S. Model 1917 Serial Numbers
From the archives of American Rifleman, learn about Winchester-made M1917 Enfield rifles and their respective serial numbers.