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The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons

Updated December 29, 2018 13.9k votes 1.7k voters 28.1k views70 items

World War 1 weapons run the gamut from bolt action rifles like the Gewehr 98 and Lee-Enfield to sophisticated machine guns like the Lewis Gun and pistols used well into the 20th Century, like the Colt 1911. The First World War involved a great modernizing of armies, weapons, and tactics, and as the very nature of war changed from offensive to static, so too did the weapons needed to fight that war.

Just as one example, in 1914, French soldiers went into battle wearing blue pants, red tops, and white gloves - the same uniforms used in the Napoleonic Wars a century earlier. Soldiers marched in tight formations, vulnerable to massed machine gun fire. And many of the weapons they were using had been made before the turn of the century. But within a few months, all of the armies of the war had modernized, becoming the modern killing machines that would fight for the next four years.

The weapons of the First World War needed to be sturdy, powerful, and cheap to make. And so millions of rifles, pistols, automatic rifles, and machine guns were produced, along with tens of millions of grenades, and quite likely over 100 million artillery shells. These weapons turned out to be so effective that they were used in mass quantities in World War 2 and beyond.

Vote up the most effective and iconic weapons of World War 1.
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    M1911 Pistol

    American sidearm used extensively during the 20th Century.
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    666
    136

    Lee-Enfield Rifle

    Reliable and fast rifle used well into World War 2.
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    481
    88

    Lewis Gun

    Light machine gun used by both British and American infantry and aircraft in WW1.
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    588
    133

    Mauser Gewehr 98

    Primary rifle of the Imperial German Army. Extremely accurate, but not suited for rapid fire.
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    385
    70

    Vickers Machine Gun

    Widely-deployed British machine gun, used extensively on the Western Front.
  • 6
    477
    108

    Luger P08 Pistol

    Famous German sidearm of World War 1 and 2.
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    352
    77

    Winchester 1897 Trench Gun

    So deadly at close range that the Germans tried in vain to get combat shotguns banned.
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    407
    105

    Browning Automatic Rifle

    Light machine gun used by US forces in World War 1.
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    344
    88

    M1903 Springfield

    Standard American rifle at the end of the war. Was still used by snipers in Vietnam.
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    341
    87

    Maschinengewehr 08

    Standard German machine gun for infantry and aircraft. Caused enormous casualties in trench warfare.
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    199
    30

    browning m1917

    a heavey machine gun used by the usa and made by john browning

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    358
    106

    MP18

    Close-range submachine gun used by German stormtroopers in 1918.
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    258
    75

    Model 24 Stielhandgranate

    Iconic German "potato masher" stick grenade used in both World Wars.
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    261
    79

    Flammenwerfer M.16.

    The first flamethrower ever used in combat, and a mainstay of trench warfare.
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    301
    103

    Mauser C96 Pistol

    A 9mm version was made in WW1 to help fill the German army's demand for pistols.
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    68

    M1917 Enfield

    American version of the standard British rifle. Used in mass quantities by US troops.
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    158
    37

    bayonet

    a large knife you attach to your rifle to make it like a spear during melee combat

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    253
    93

    Mosin–Nagant M91

    Standard Russian infantry rifle for both World War 1 and World War 2.
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    200
    75

    F1 Grenade

    French hand grenade used by Allied forces, and later by both sides in the Russian Civil War.
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    175
    63

    Mark I Trench Knife

    Combat knife that also had a brass knuckles hand guard and a skull-crushing bolt
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    199
    87

    Webley Mk VI

    Standard British service pistol during the World Wars.
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    115
    37

    kukri

    a machete like weapon from nepal that was mostly used by the gutkha who were fighting for the british

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    167
    77

    Madsen Light Machine Gun

    Danish-made light machine gun used by both Allied and Entente forces.
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    115
    44

    T gewehr

    a german anti tank rifle disigned after gewehr rifles 

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    39

    browning auto 5

    a semi auto shot gun also made by john browning

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