A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 5

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UNITED STATES TRAINING RIFLE CO. The US Training Rifle Co. produced a non-firing training rifle during World War One. At the start of the war there was a severe shortage of serviceable rifles for training purposes. Krag rifles were brought out of storage and put into service as training rifles even though they could not fire the1906 cartridge. This shortage …

A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 4

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The Boys Brigade (Dummy Rifles) The first Boys Brigade was started by Sir William Alexander Smith on October 4, 1883 at Free Church Mission Hall, Glasgow, Scotland. His purpose was to develop “Christian manliness” by the use of semi-military discipline and order. He desired to promote habits of obedience, reverence, discipline and self respect in the young men of his …

A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 3

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The Francis Bannerman History You can find a very complete but concise history of the Bannerman family and information relating to Bannerman Island by clicking here. Most of the later Bannerman catalogs had a one page history called “Blowing Our Own Horn”, that is a good example of his promotional ability. His catalogs were widely advertised in pulp and sporting …

A History of Drill and Training Rifles Part 1

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By Malcolm MacPherson NON-FIRING DRILL & TRAINING RIFLES BACKGROUND The terms drill rifle and training rifle are often used interchangeably. There are subtle differences between the two and some specimens do not fit well in either category. However, I feel there needs to be some distinction made between the two. A more specific definition and correct usage will help differentiate …