Trench M1903

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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.

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  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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