first American rifles to employ telescopic sights in combat

​America’s First Sniper Rifle: The Telescopic-Sighted Krag-Jorgensen

The American Civil War was the first conflict in our nation’s history in which telescopic-sighted rifles were employed in combat to any appreciable extent. These muzzleloading, percussion rifles were fabricated by a number of civilian gunsmiths and gunsmithing firms, primarily for benchrest shooting matches.

The Model 1903 In World War I

When the Doughboys went to France, starting in 1917, they took with them arguably the finest bolt-action military rifle ever made—the ’03 Springfield.

Lt. Col. “Sherm” Mills—Last Man Standing at the U.S. Springfield Arsenal

For the first time ever, we learn how retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mills, decorated Vietnam veteran, found himself with orders to close the doors on this iconic institution.

Pearl Harbor Survivors: M1903 Rifles Salvaged From U.S.S. California

When the battleship U.S.S. California was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, several M1903 rifles still in her hull were salvaged after the attack, as revealed thanks to the efforts of the Archival Research Group.

Doughboy Sniper Rifles Of World War I

The ’03 Springfield, fitted with telescopic sights and fired by American soldiers and Marines, was the scourge of “No Man’s Land” during World War I.

A Look Back at the Browning Semi-Automatic 22

Like most of Browning’s designs, the SA 22 is a remarkable melding of a simple yet efficient device, combined with grace and elegance.

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