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Foreign Military Rifles

Foreign Military Rifles




      

Foreign Military Rifles


Foreign Military Rifles

The bolt-action rifle has become the favorite military rifle of today, and it is either provided with a box, clip or tubular magazine which in some guns is contained inside the stock.

The forearm of the military rifle is extra long, extending to the muzzle in most models. The purpose is to protect the soldier's hands from the intense heat of the barrels that is produced by the smokeless cartridges which are in use by all countries. The end of the barrel is fitted to receive a bayonet or short sword.

The British government uses the Lee Enfield rifle. It has a total length of 4 feet, weighs 9 pounds, and shoots 10 cartridges without reloading. It shoots a lead bullet with a cupro-nickel jacket, and has a muzzle velocity of 2,060 feet per second. The cartridge is a .303-caliber, shoots smokeless powder, and the gun is sighted to 2,800 yards.

The French army rifle is the Lebel; it has a total length of 4 feet and 4 inches, and weighs 9 pounds. The magazine holds eight .315-caliber cartridges which are loaded with copper bullets having a copper-zinc alloy jacket. It is sighted to 2,620 yards and has a muzzle velocity of 2,310 feet per second.

The German army rifle is the Manser; it has a length of 4 feet and weighs 8 pounds. It shoots a .311-caliber soft lead, nickel-steel alloy jacketed bullet and the magazine holds 5 cartridges. Its muzzle velocity is 2,960 feet per second and its sighted range is 2,187 yards.

Italy uses the Paravicino-Carcano rifle; Russia the three-line rifle and Japan the Arisakae. The military rifles of all of these countries use high power cartridges charged with smokeless powder, and for this reason one gun is just about as good as another.

Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.

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