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Infantry Rifles of The Great War: Mausers and Lebels

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Article first appeared at American Rifleman.

One hundred and two years ago, the Guns of August spoke as German troops invaded Belgium, beginning four years of horrific bloodshed on the Western Front. American Rifleman’s panel of firearms experts discuss the infantry rifles used by the Great Powers in the opening battles of World War I. This included the French Lebel 1886 in 8 mm Lebel, the German Gewehr 98 (ever heard of the Mauser 98?) and the Belgian Model 1889 in 7.65 mm.

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