Military Rifles & Carbines
The rifle has been the basic weapon of ground force infantry since the invention of the weapon. The carbine -- a lighter, shorter rifle -- is carried by specialized troops or officers. In modern military use, the selective fire automatic rifle has replaced earlier bolt action or semiautomatic weapons. This section of Olive-Drab.com covers all the important U.S. rifles and carbines as well as some from other countries.
September 1942 photo of an M1 Garand rifle, then-new M1 "steel pot" helmet, M-1905 bayonet and web gear. The M1 seems to be leaning toward the camera, distorting the length of the bayonet and rifle.
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25 Oct 1944 Battle off Samar [Leyte]: US Admiral Sprague skillfully prevents a loss to the stronger Japanese force under Japanese Admiral Kurita.
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Military Rifles and Carbines
World War II Special Forces ("Jedburghs") were dropped into France behind German lines in three-man teams during 1944 to assist the Allies. This Jedburgh, Lt. Jack Singlaub, has a .30 cal. M1-A1 folding-stock carbine slung across his chest, a compact weapon favored for parachute operations. 11 August 1944.
What about Assault Rifles?
There is no category on Olive-Drab for so-called "assault
rifles". This really is not a distinct weapon in military terms, so you
will find various assault rifles (loosely defined by the media) under rifles
or sub-machine guns. To read more about what an assault rifle is and how they
came into use, go to Wikipedia.
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