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ARTV Preview: Colt 'Potato Digger' and Lewis Gun, McMillan Z-1 Stock and Gewehr 88 Commission Rifle

On this week's episode of American Rifleman TV, we continue with the top ten machine guns of all time, with the Colt "Potato Digger" and Lewis Gun. We'll also take a look at the McMillan Z-1 stock along with the Gewehr 88 Commission Rifle.

"Over There:" An American Army on the Western Front

Watch this American Rifleman TV segment "Over There Part Two" to learn about the Untied State's preparation and experience entering the fighting during World War I.

This Old Gun: Colt Model 1895 Machine Gun

In this American Rifleman TV episode, we cover the innovative Colt Model 1895 machine gun, also known as the "Potato Digger."

“Grim Reapers”: The Machine Guns of World War I

A century ago, Americans of the American Expeditionary Force arrived in France and began filtering into the death and stalemate of the trenches. Machine guns transformed the battlefield of the Western Front, and here is a look at guns nicknamed the “Grim reapers” or the "Devil’s Paintbrush.”

I Have This Old Gun: Colt Model 1895 Potato Digger

Watch another episode of American Rifleman Television's "I Have This Old Gun": Colt Model 1895 "Potato Digger"

The Rough Riders’ Potato Digger

“Roosevelt’s Rough Riders” took two Colt-Browning machine guns to Cuba in 1898. One is now on display at the National Firearms Museum.

Shooting the "Digger"

As you may have noticed, this is the first time a Colt’s Automatic Gun, Model 1895 has appeared on the cover of American Rifleman. As Philip Schreier’s March 2013 cover story points out, this was the first machine gun model (mechanical guns such as the Gatling are not self-loading, fully automatic machine guns) used by the U.S. Army in combat. Of course we have Gatling video here, too.

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