trench devices

Case 29
Case 29

Springfield Armory NHS, US NPS

The protracted trench warfare on the Western Front of World War I forced experimentation in ways to aim and shoot a rifle without exposing any part of the body to enemy fire. A number of versions of these trench rifles were made, none of which, however, had much success.

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U.S. RIFLE MODEL 1903 SPAR4040

TELESCOPE SIGHT SPAR7482

U.S. RIFLE MODEL 1903 SPAR1139

PERISCOPE SIGHT SPAR8214

PERISCOPE SIGHT SPAR4039
M1917 RIFLE SPAR4038

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WWI American soldier using a trench device in France
Hidden from sight, this American "infantryman", actually a reenactor demonstrating the use of this weapon system for the NPS, can observe enemy activities, aim and fire his weapon, while protected from enemy rifle fire.

Springfield Armory NHS, US NPS

 
M1903 with expanded telescoping stock
Here is seen a US M1903 Rifle modified in very much the same way was that held by the infantryman in the previous photograph.

Springfield Armory NHS, US NPS

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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