The Contender: Winchester’s .224 Light Rifle
Rendered in blued steel and walnut, Winchester’s .224-cal. Light Weight Military Rifle could well have become the U.S. Army’s standard arm. But the company gave up on the project in the face of competition from Armalite and its futuristic AR-15.
The U.S. '.45 Automatics:' M1911 & M1911A1 Pistols
The .45 ACP M1911 and M1911A1 pistols issued to American troops demonstrated their formidable stopping power during World War I, World War II and beyond. These reliable guns established the rock-solid reputation the M1911 enjoys today.
Post-World War II M1 Garand Rifles
Put back into production after the outbreak of the Korean War, M1 rifles made by Springfield, International Harvester and Harrington & Richardson in the 1950s were the last of the Garands. Today, they are gaining attention from collectors and shooters alike.
The M3 & M3A1 'Grease Guns'
Dismissed as ugly ducklings when compared to the finely made Thompsons they replaced, the stamped and welded M3 and M3A1 “grease guns” performed very well and served several generations of American soldiers with distinction.
The Winchester Garand
Though best known for its sporting rifles and shotguns, the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. made a vital contribution to America’s war effort during World War II by making more than a half-million M1 Garands.
The M1A1 Carbine
The “U.S. Carbine, Caliber .30, M1A1”—used by the elite American Airborne throughout World War II and beyond—is one of the classic American arms of the Second World War and, for the modern collector, a true prize.
The Remington M1903 Rifles
Though not as well known as the Springfield and Rock Island ’03s, the more than 1 million M1903-based rifles made by Remington Arms Co. during World War II included the primary U.S. sniping rifle of that epic conflict.
Rifleman Q & A: Shootin’ Blanks
A reader inquires about a problem that occurs when firing a clip of blank cartridges in his M1 rifle.
Rifleman Q & A: Open-Bolt Mechanics
A reader inquires as to what it means when a firearm is fired from an open bolt.
The U.S. Model Of 1917 Rifle
When America entered the Great War, there was a dire shortage of rifles for the Doughboys headed “over there.” The solution was found in three American factories and what is now known as the “U.S. Enfield.”