Though Democrat lawmakers always try to scare constituents into thinking the guns of the modern era are space-age killing machines capable of vaporizing flash and atomizing enemies the truth is not a lot has changed in the way of arms over the past 100 or so years.
Yes there are some significant changes to be noted. And yet unlike automobiles from 100 years ago, the guns that soldiers used in the battles of WW1 are still just as suitable for use in the modern era as counterparts that rolled of the production line earlier this week.
Even more astonishing is how some of these weapons, though steeped in antiquity, are still affordable for the average shooter.
Below is a collection of 3 century old bolt-action rifles that while no longer produced will still produce a can of whoop-a** today.
The Lee Enfield
By far one of the best looking bolt action rifles of the bunch, the Lee Enfield actually saw military service up until just a few decades ago and would likely still be used if the lack of replacement parts didn’t make maintaining it such a pain.
Sidenote: police in Pakistan and Bangladesh use these guns to this day as they’re former British colonies and they’ve still got many of them leftover.
The Lee Enfield is often considered one of the best bolt-action rifles of all time. Part of that is because it was equipped with a 10 round magazine when others at the time had no such magazine and part of it had to do with the fact the magazine fed .303 British into the chamber which was more than enough to wipe out enemies.
This made it a favorite amongst troops as well as people who wanted to have an effectively accurate rifle for hunting at long distances.
To this day the rifle still sees quite a bit of use, they can still be purchased if you know where to look, and aren’t all that expensive.
The Mosin Nagant
Make no mistake about it, the Mosin Nagant might be one of the toughest, most dependable bolt-action rifles in the world today.
Along with one of the ugliest…
But that being said there’s no way around it, this rifle is one of the best rifles on the planet when it comes to longevity and service. To this day it is used in military units across the world. These include seeing action in China, Russia, and the lost-kingdom of North Korea.
The 7.62x54mm rifle relies on an outdated 5 round stripper clip to feed rounds into the chamber and delivers effective placement up to 500 yards or so.
Though the weapon was born in 1891 and is a firearm dinosaur the truth is people all over the world love to use it. You’ll find them in ranges across the U.S. and in display cases worldwide.
The M1903 Springfield
Most Americans are familiar with the M1903 Springfield…even if they don’t care a lick about guns.
For decades this weapon was the gun you’d see in military advertising documents. The rich brown wood sitting in the hands of a capable soldier forged an enigmatic picture of power and prestige that made the call of war appealing to more than a few would-be soldiers.
The rifle is steeped deep into military heritage that it’s still used today by the. The U.S. Army Drill team. They use bayonet-tipped Springfields in all of their drills and performances. That’s because they appreciate how the five-round rifle feels in the hand and how its balanced construction sends it tumbling through the air in a most predictable and glorious fashion.
But the M1903 is more than just a show-stopping rifle.
The Springfield was the U.S. Military’s primary service rifle in World War I, and proved to be a reliable and accurate weapon. Aiding the rifle on the latter facet was the .30-06 Springfield round it shot, which was more than adequate for long-range work.
Its accuracy is what kept the M1903 relevant all the way through the late 20th century, even after it was supplanted by more advanced weapons systems. Decked out with a scope, the Springfield and its many variants were deadly sniper rifles in the hands of a trained marksman. Even today, one of these battle-worn beauties makes a fine match rifle, still able to find the X-ring with ease.
You can still find M1903s on Gunbroker and gunships. The ubiquitous service rifle holds its value quite well and reconditioned or originals in great shape go for $1,000s.