Watch: Winchester WW1 Antitank Rifle

   07.07.17

Watch: Winchester WW1 Antitank Rifle

Another excellent video by Forgotten Weapons. This one is about a prototype Winchester anti-tank rifle that was being developed in 1918.

Development started when some German anti-tank rifles and ammunition were captured during World War I. The people at Winchester decided to make their own rifle based on the captured ammunition. However, World War I ended before the rifle was finished, which meant the project was abandoned.

Ian at Forgotten Weapons was lucky enough to find one and put together a video about it.

When the United States entered World War I, they did not have an anti-tank weapon. Rifles like this Winchester 1918 were important first steps in the development of anti-tank weapons.

The 50 caliber Browning Machine Gun cartridge entered service in 1921.

Operation of the rifle is unique, in that the grip is the handle for the bolt action. The handle on the rifle is from a 1911 handgun. Turn the grip up, pull it back to eject the spent cartridge, then push the pistol grip forward and down to chamber a new round.

Special thank you to Ian at Forgotten weapons for making another excellent video. Keep up the good work.

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