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Rifleman Q&A: Finding A USMC Model 1941 Johnson Rifle

Melvin Johnson believed Garand's mainstream design to be flawed and reasoned that a handier gun might appeal to the Dutch. His unique M1941 rifle went on to inspire the likes of Eugene stoner, among others, yet garnered very little U.S. military acceptance at the time.

Rifleman Q&A: CMP M1903A3 Sling Modifications?

Before government-issued firearms returned to U.S. shores, ultimately making their way to the Civilian Marksmanship Program, featured various modifications, and our latest "Questions & Answers" covers M1903A3 sling-swivel modifications.

The Krag-Jorgensen: America's First Bolt-Action Service Rifle

The U.S. Krag-Jorgensen was America’s first bolt-action repeater chambered for a smokeless-powder cartridge. In the hands of American troops around the globe, the Krag played a small, but key, role in the rise of the “American Century.”

The 'Trench Gun' in World War I

During World War I American “Doughboys” went “over the top” with a fearsome, distinctly American arm—the trench shotgun.

Rifleman Q&A: When Did M1 Carbines Get Bayonet Lugs?

I recently purchased an M1 carbine manufactured by Quality Hardware that has a bayonet lug. Is this part original to the gun or was it added later?

Review: 'U.S. Small Arms Of World War II'

Bruce Canfield's "U.S. Small Arms of World War II" is a rich tome complete with a wealth of information and impressive color photography.

The Remington-Lee Rifle: Ahead of Its Time

Today, the detachable box magazine is part of virtually every military rifle, but there was a time when it was just an idea in the fertile mind of inventor James Paris Lee. The Remington-Lee was America’s first military bolt-action with a detachable box magazine.

M1 Garand Rebuilds: History & Markings

Collectors today often look down their noses at “rebuilt” M1 Garands, but hundreds of thousands of M1s had their useful lives extended through the efforts and dedication of skilled ordnance personnel.

Origins of the 'Trapdoor' Springfield: The Allin Conversions

Though little known today, the “Allin Conversions” and the other early “Trapdoor Springfields” represent an important part of the evolution of U.S. military small arms.

The Military Model 70: A Forgotten Sniper Rifle

Although the “Rifleman’s Rifle” is unquestionably one of the greatest hunting rifles of all time, the Winchester Model 70's service in the U.S. military has been meager, and even then its success was limited.

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