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Valuable Service: The U.S. Model Of 1917 Revolvers

Swept into World War I in April 1917, the U.S. military desperately needed .45 ACP handguns. Both Colt and Smith & Wesson had existing revolver designs adopted as the Model of 1917, and they would go on to serve again during World War II.

The Guns Of Veracruz 1914

The landings at Veracruz saw the early combat use of several American small arms that would become famous during World War I, including the M1911 pistol and the M1903 rifle.

Last of Its Kind: The USMC Model 1909 Colt

How does the last military-issue .45 Colt revolver stack up today at the range? A modern Marine decided to find out for himself.

America’s Military Revolvers

Though some fixed- cartridge revolvers were used during the American Civil War, it wasn’t until the U.S. Army officially adopted the now-famous Colt Single Action Army revolver in .45 Colt cal. in 1873 that the cartridge revolver came into its own in U.S. military service.

Guns On The Border: The 1916 'Punitive Expedition' To Mexico

In 1916, Mexican bandits were a clear and present danger to the citizens of the United States, and the "Punitive Expedition" proved to be an important test of arms.

I Have This Old Gun: Colt Model 1909

I Have This Old Gun: Colt Model 1909

1909 Benet-Mercie Machine Rifle: The 'Daylight Gun'

Although it had problems, the 1909 Benet-Mercie was the U.S. military’s first light machine gun.

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