Military Firearms

Military firearms articles and collectible vintage military firearm stories from Gun Digest books and magazines. Read stories about Civil War firearms, World War I firearms, World War II firearms, German guns, German handguns, Ruger history, Colt firearms history, military gun values and pricing and more.

Mauser Military Rifles of the World, Fifth Edition, is the definitive source on the Mauser rifle.

Editor’s Pick: ARs Sold Out? Think Mauser!

With the recent gun control hysteria, ARs are getting harder to find. As an alternative, don't miss the Mauser - they are hardy, accurate, can be sporterized and customized, and are available in calibers for which finding ammunition isn’t a great challenge.

Leatherwood USMC Sniper Scope Popular with Vintage Sharpshooters

The Leatherwood-Hi-Lux "Wm. Malcolm" 8x USMC SNIPER scope - a faithful copy of the scope used by U.S. Marine Corps snipers during WWII - walked away with the 2nd, 3rd and 11th place awards, plus placed in several other Top 25 spots at this year's Camp Perry Vintage Sniper matches.

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5 Reasons to Collect a Krag

The Krag-Jorgensen .30-40 is a historically significant rifle in that it transitioned the modern military — and most notably the U.S. military in 1892 following the painful defeat of General Custer at Little Bighorn — from black powder to smokeless. Here are 5 interesting facts that make it a no-brainer for the military gun...

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Johnny Reb and His Guns

The Civil War was a turning point in American history. Edward R. Crews describes the different weapons used by the Union and the Confederates and how the quality and availability of arms affected the outcome of the war.