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Most of the rifles used in WWI were designed, adopted and procured 10-20 years prior during a period of great upheaval in military rifle technology. In the decades leading up to WWI there was a great change in ammunition which most lever designs could not accommodate. Militaries were rapidly adapting rounds with better ballistics in addition to larger and ...


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Underbarrel magazine have many shortcomings: displacement of the center of mass during shooting, placement rounds one after another makes rifle sensitive to shocks, feed mechanism is more complicated and less reliable, reloading this magazine is not so fast as box magazine (with en-bloc clip or stripper clip).


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An additional reason might be that infantry doctrine prior to and during most of WWI still considered the bayonet charge a valid tactic. Indeed giving the enemy a 'taste of cold steel' had an almost mythical effectiveness and was seen as the ultimate goal of the infantryman. As a result an infantry rifle had to be rugged enough to be used as a spear. A pump ...


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It is an American uniform of the type often worn by officers. He is wearing an overseas cap, which indicates he may have served in Europe or was slated to be sent over. He may also just be wearing the overseas cap as a way of suggesting he has experience. His whole outfit fits the expeditionary picture, though, so I would guess he has actually spent time in ...


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To quote from Field and Stream (1909): All sportsmen are familiar with the bolt action military rifle and the lever-action sporting rifle. Each has advantages over the other according to how and where it is to be used. The strength, durability and ease of repair of the military bolt type appeals lo the sportsman going out for big game in the ...



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