Trench M1903


This special version of the M1903 is pretty neat. I know most of you have seen it before. Allows a rifleman to fire over the trench parapet without exposing himself. I will probably have more to say on this later this week.

I would like to know what the recoil impulse felt like with this odd contraption.


  1. When fired, it probably raised the forearm of the stock up and off the trench, and then it would fall back down.

    It didn’t matter trying to preserve a sight picture, because you had to pull it down off the trench to cycle the bolt.

    • I expect it walloped the web of the soldier’s hand something fierce, or given the distance from the pistol grip to the trigger, maybe the thumb knuckle. Given that follow-up shots were a non-thing, I probably would have fired it with my thumb on the same side as the trigger finger.


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