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Small Arms of WWI Primer 017: German Gewehr 1888



Othais and Mae delve into the story of this WWI classic. Complete with history, function, and live fire demonstration.

C&Rsenal presents its WWI Primer series; covering the firearms of this historic conflict one at a time in honor of the centennial anniversary. Join us every other Tuesday!

German Gewehr 1888 "Commission Rifle" Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Capacity: 5 rnds Length: 49" weight: 8.5 lbs

Here we review Germany's first smokeless rifle, which would serve in a secondary role through WWI in Germany, and perhaps a more active role in the Ottoman Empire.

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Music provided by Melissa Hyman of The Moon and You

Safe range space thanks to Shoot Logic

In collaboration with The Great War

Ammunition data thanks to DrakeGmbH

Archival work by Georgy

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