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Rifled muskets



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This category is for rifles pre-dating the Mauser Gewehr 1898, considered to be the a watershed point in rifle development.


Rifled muskets



1792 contract rifle

Albini-Braendlin rifle

Baker rifle

Berdan rifle

Berthier carbine

Boyer rifle

Brunswick rifle

Carabine à tige


Dreyse needle gun

Eidgenössischer Stutzer 1851

Farquharson rifle

Ferguson rifle

Frank Wesson Rifles

Fusil Gras mle 1874

Gewehr 1888

Hanyang 88

Harpers Ferry Model 1803

Hawken rifle

Henry rifle

Infanteriegewehr 1863

Infanteriegewehr Modell 1842

Jarmann M1884

Joslyn rifle

Jägergewehr 1856/59




Kropatschek rifle

Lebel Model 1886 rifle


Long rifle

M1819 Hall rifle

M1841 Mississippi rifle

M1867 Russian Krnka

M1870 Belgian Comblain

M1870 Italian Vetterli

M1885 Remington–Lee

Martini Cadet



Mauser Model 1871

Mauser Model 1895

Minié rifle

Model 1814 common rifle

Model 1817 common rifle


Murata rifle

Mylonas rifle

Needle gun

Percussion rifle

Quackenbush rifle

Remington M1867

Remington Rolling Block rifle

Rifles in the American Civil War


Sharps rifle

Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878


Spencer repeating rifle

Springfield Model 1865

Springfield Model 1866

Springfield Model 1868

Springfield Model 1869

Springfield Model 1875

Springfield Model 1877

Springfield Model 1882

Springfield Model 1886

Springfield Model 1888

Springfield Model 1892–99

Springfield model 1870

Springfield model 1870 Remington—Navy

Springfield model 1871

Springfield model 1873

Springfield model 1880

Springfield model 1884

Tabatière rifle

Vetterli rifle

Werndl–Holub rifle

Wänzl rifle

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American Rifleman (press release) (blog)

American Rifleman (press release) (blog)
Tue, 15 Sep 2015 05:24:08 -0700

Intensive troubleshooting determined that a slight manufacturing change on the early rifles resulted in the removal of a bit of metal from one of the guide ribs in the receiver that supported a partially empty clip. The tooling was changed to eliminate ...

Rifle Shooter Magazine

Rifle Shooter Magazine
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 06:45:38 -0800

Checking the rifling twist rate of its barrel did not dawn on me, but as I now understand, early rifles had the same 1:10 twist that had worked nicely with rifles in 6.5 Rem. Mag. But the .260 is slower, so the twist rate was increased to 1:8. I later ...

American Rifleman (press release) (blog)

American Rifleman (press release) (blog)
Mon, 11 May 2015 11:07:28 -0700

To preserve the early barrels that had a somewhat longer throat for the 220-gr. bullet, these early rifles were returned to the Springfield Armory where their barrels were removed; one thread was removed at the breech and headspaced for the new cartridge.

Rifle Shooter Magazine

Rifle Shooter Magazine
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:02:44 -0800

Today that cartridge—along with the .22 Short and, to a lesser extent, the .22 Long—is still very much with us, as are many of the early rifles for which they were chambered. And yet, although these vintage firearms are popularly collected, many of ...

Kendall County Now (subscription)

Kendall County Now (subscription)
Thu, 23 Jul 2015 03:30:00 -0700

The regular military was slow to adopt the rifle because early rifles had octagon shaped barrels that prevented fitting bayonets, and bayonets were important weapons in the days of single shot firearms. But in 1803, the U.S. Army finally adopted, for ...

Shooting Times Magazine

Shooting Times Magazine
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:08:38 -0700

The front sight ramp on early rifles was slotted for a hood, but according to Joe Clayton's book Ruger No. 1, only three hoods were made and none was shipped. My rifle has the slot but no hood. The bottom of the breechblock of my rifle has a number ...

Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:08:54 -0800

It is believed the first use of snipers came during the American Revoluntionary War when colonists hid in trees and used early rifles to shoot British officers. The first unit of marksmen was established by the British army during the Napoleonic wars ...

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