WWI Firearms
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United States Long Arms

U.S. Model 1903 Springfield Rifle
The M1903 Springfield Rifle replaced the U.S. Krag. It was the primary U.S. service rifle from 1903 until 1936. It was carried by U.S. troops during WWI and gained a solid reputation for accuracy and reliability. This Model 1903 is in unissued condition. The end of the barrel bears the ordnance bomb and "SA 1/18" (Springfield Armory, Jan 1918). The two-piece American walnut stock is in exceptional condition and bears a clear cartouche. I own an original Springfield bayonet for this rifle. (Flayderman reference number 9A-431.) Snapshot
U.S. Model 1917 Enfield Rifle (Winchester)
Upon entering WWI, the U.S. quickly discovered that it had an inadequate supply of M1903 Springfield rifles. At the time, the U.S. arsenal at Eddystone, PA, was making Enfield rifles in .303 caliber for the British. The U.S. took advantage of this situation by producing a nearly identical rifle in .30-06 caliber. Most American doughboys sent to Europe during WWI carried this type of rifle. In fact, Sergeant Alvin York was armed with an identical rifle when he earned the Medal of Honor. Eddystone, Remington, and Winchester made these rifles between 1917 and 1918. Winchester M1917s are considered the most desirable and command a 20% premium. My Winchester M1917 is in the original WWI configuration with a beautiful blued finish. I own an original WWI bayonet for this rifle. (Flayderman reference number 9A-455.) Snapshot

United States Side Arms

Colt Model 1911
Colt made this pistol in 1917, during the height of World War I. The frame is stamped UNITED STATES PROPERTY and the slide is marked "MODEL OF 1911 U.S. ARMY." This pistol has a beautiful set of original diamond pattern walnut grips, a WWI leather flap holster, and early-type magazine with integral lanyard ring. I also have an original manual for this pistol issued by the US War Plans Division in 1918. (Flayderman reference number 5B-245.) Snapshot

Foreign Long Arms

German Model 98 Mauser Gewehr (1917) - Imperial Germany
This is the standard Infantry rifle used by the German army during WWI. This particular weapon was made by the Deutschewaffen-und-Munitionsfabriken in Berlin, Germany in 1917. It is in the original configuration and features a straight bolt handle, unit identification disk in the stock, and lange (rollercoaster) rear sight. This is the only military rifle in my collection with an oak stock. I own an original WWI German bayonet for this rifle. Snapshot
German K98az Mauser Karabiner (Erfurt) (1918) - Imperial Germany
The Mauser Karabiner 98az has a 24 inch barrel and turned down bolt handle. It was issued during WWI to German artillery, pioneer (engineer), and storm troops. Its relatively small size and light weight made it a favorite of German soldiers. A recognizable feature of this rifle is the unusual rod near the muzzle. Soldiers used this device to stack three or more rifles in an upright position while in the field. The Erfurt Arsenal in Germany made this rifle in 1918. All parts are original, and all serial numbers match. It is in excellent condition. I own an original WWI German bayonet for this rifle. Snapshot
British Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III* (1918)
The SMLE MK III was the main battle rifle used by the British Army during WWI. In late 1915, the SMLE MK III* was introduced. This simplified model did not have the magazine cut-off or volley sight found on the earlier SMLE. The rifle's exceptionally smooth bolt action and 10-round magazine were well suited for rapid fire. In fact, a well-trained soldier was able to fire 20-30 rounds of aimed fire in only 60 seconds. The rifle was so good that the British continued to issue it during WWII. My SMLE MK III* was made in 1918. It is in excellent condition with nearly perfect wood and metal surfaces. Snapshot

Foreign Sidearms

British Webley Mark VI Revolver
The Webley Mark VI revolver was the pre-eminent British sidearm during WWI. Many firearm experts consider it to be the finest military revolver ever designed. It was chambered for the .455 Webley cartridge, but many were subsequently modified to handle the more powerful American .45 ACP round. My Mark VI was made in 1918. The rear of the frame is stamped "R.E. 42. CO 4." This refers to Company 4, 42 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers. This regiment served in the trenches of France during WWI. Although the Mark VI first appeared in 1915, it continued to be carried by British personnel throughout WWII. While 80 years old, my pistol is in excellent condition. Snapshot
 
German Model C-96 Mauser "Broomhandle"
The C-96 was developed in 1896 by the famous German arms designer Paul Mauser. During WWI, many officers (on both sides) were required to purchase their own side arms. Although not officially adopted, many selected the C96 Mauser because of its firepower. The "Broomhandle," as it is called due to its distinctive grip, is not a pistol. Rather, it is a portable carbine that can be broken down and stored inside the hollow stock attachment. The "Broomhandle" is one of the most distinguishable firearms ever made. Although bulky and slow to reload, it offers effective range and firepower, along with good reliability. I have the stock holster rig for this pistol. Snapshot
 
German Model LP.08 "Lange Pistole"
The Lange Pistole (Long Pistol) was adopted by the German Army in 1913. During WWI, it was issued to artillery crews, drivers, and pilots in the new flying corps. These guns use a standard magazine or can accept a 32 round drum magazine. They are well made and show outstanding fit and finish. This particular pistol was made in 1916 by the Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM). It has an adjustable rear sight, 8" barrel, and removable shoulder stock. It is in excellent condition and all serial numbers match. I also have the original flap holster and take-down tool. Snapshot

WWI Commemorative

Colt Model 1911 World War I Commemorative
Colt made this pistol in 1968 to commemorate the WWI of Battle of Belleau Wood. This gun is in the WWI configuration with a long trigger, short grip safety, and no recess on the frame behind the trigger. The slide is marked with a commemoration scroll with the name and date of the battle. Although 47 years old, this pistol is in 99% condition. Snapshot


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