M1911 Cartridge Catcher

Rifleman Q&A: M1911 Cartridge Catcher

Q: I came across this photo of an M1911 pistol fitted with some sort of metal cage, presumably to catch the fired cartridge cases. Can you shed any light on this item?

The Springfield & Colt Model 1911 Hybrid: A Result Of WWI Production Issues

During World War I, production shortages and equipment shortages placed a large burden on the manufacture of arms in the United States. This included M1911 pistol production by Colt, which developed an interesting hybrid with Springfield Armory to alleviate shortages.

I Have This Old Gun: U.S. M1918 BAR

Watch this American Rifleman Television segment of "I Have This Old Gun" from 2020 to learn about the U.S. M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle in .30-'06 Sprg.

America’s Prototype 'Trench Guns' Of World War I

Arms of all sorts were in high demand at the onset of the Great War, including a new type of close-quarters combat firearm: the repeating shotgun. Though several designs were explored, only a few made it into the trenches before the Armistice was signed.

10 More Little-Known Facts About Mausers

Here are ten more little known facts about Mauser, its rifles, along with its other products and random facts related to the company.

A 'Gentleman’s' Rifle In The Trenches Of WWI

A single Holland & Holland weaves together a story of the Great War’s trenches, one of the world’s best gunmakers, Britain’s greatest 20th century soldier and the author of Gunga Din.

Steyr M1912: The Underrated Habsburg Hammer Gun

When it comes to surplus semi-automatic handguns from the early 20th century, the Steyr M1912 is arguably one of the most underrated pistols in this category, yet offers plenty of history and usability to collectors.

'Selling' The Model 1917: John T. Thompson & The Rifle Demonstrators

Most who are familiar of the U.S. Model 1917 have heard the story of how it was used as a substitute for the Model 1903 during World War I, but few have heard of the efforts of John T. Thompson and his band of rifle demonstrators that evaluated, taught and trained American soldiers on the new rifle for U.S. Ordnance.

Forgotten U.S. Infantry Rifles Of World War I

While the M1903 and M1917 service rifles were the main rifles used by the United States, four other rifles were utilized during World War I in roles that are largely forgotten today, as explored by Jon Krisko. 

70 Years Of Service: The 1870/87/15 Vetterli-Vitali

While there are many military rifles that have seen extensive service, the Italian M1870/87/15 Vetterli-Vitali stands out as one of the longest-serving military rifles in any guise.

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