Skip to comments.Periscope Gun Of WWI
Posted on 09/16/2020 10:24:43 AM PDT by w1n1
A Way To Keep Your Head Down While Firing At The Enemy - When fighting stagnates and enemy lines dug into trenches, snipers target anyone whose head pops up above the edge of the trench.
Solution: Keep your head down, but your rifle up. The Germans called it Spiegelkolben. Just mount a rifle to a periscope. That way the rifle could be lifted up to get a clear shot at the enemy trenches while the shooter remained safely out of sight using mirrors to see his sights and a length of wire to pull his trigger. While all the major powers in the war developed devices like this, the one we are looking at today is German. It's simple, but effective.
Using a pair of mirrors provide sighting while a cable connects the bottom stock's trigger to the trigger of the rifle. Once the shooter gets acclimated to viewing the sights through the mirrors, the shooter (sniper) became quite lethal.
One downside to using this method, you'd have to drag the gun back into the trench in order to cycle the bolt, although some versions of trench rifles did have articulated mechanisms that allowed soldiers to operate the bolt from below. Read the rest of this WWI periscope rifle.
Looks like it might be a little awkward & time consuming....although possibly quite accurate.
When hiding in his basement, this is the shotgun/rig Biden uses to shoot through the upstairs door...
yeah, but basically you had all day to shoot at each other...
A friend of mine has a pair of WWI trench/periscope binoculars he received from his grandfather.
Poor ol Uncle Joe,
I bet the recoil is weird.
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