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The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons 

Mike Rothschild
Updated December 29, 2018 11.6k votes 1.4k voters 23.3k views 70 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.

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browning auto 5 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a semi auto shot gun also made by john browning

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Roth–Steyr M1907 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Roth–Steyr M1907
Automatic pistol used by Austria-Hungarian cavalry. First automatic pistol used by any major land power.
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remington model 10 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a powerful pump action shotgun made in 1910

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enfield mark 1 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an older model of the lee enfiled used by england in ww1

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Mannlicher M1895 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Mannlicher M1895
Main rifle of the Austro-Hungarian, Bulgarian, and Romanian armies.
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trench club is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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homemade blute weapons made by soulders when they where not given any melee weapons they would usally have nails droven in to the or barbed wire wraped around it 

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Mills Bomb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Mills Bomb
Hugely-produced British hand grenade.
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m 1917 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a usa made revolver and the most powerful handgun of ww1

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PM M1910 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
PM M1910
Russian version of the great Maxim gun, used from WW1 through the Cold War.
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beretta 1915 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an italian hand gun that would later inspire handguns of today

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hotchkiss 1914 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an air cooled machine gun feed by 30 round belts

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bowie knife is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a big knife made for survival and combat 

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double barreled shotgun ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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used by russia in the ww1 and ww2. it was also uesd by the arabs 

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Beholla Pistol is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Beholla Pistol
Secondary automatic pistol of the Imperial German army.
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Rast & Gasser M1898 ... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
Rast & Gasser M1898
Standard revolver of the Austro-Hungarian army. Also used by Italy and Balkan states.
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luger carbine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a model of the luger that had a long barrel and could be mounted with a stock

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cavalry saber is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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swords that are used for the cavalry however they could be used on foot

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gewehr 1888 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an older modle of the gewehr rifle

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pattern 14 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a rifle used by the british that would later inspire the us m1917 rifle

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rsc 1917 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a french semi auto rifle

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frommer stop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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a hungarian blow back pistol that with a 32acp bullet 

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bethlehem steel 37mm can... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an artillery cannon used by the british 

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trench knife old model ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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an older model of the trench knife

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winchester 1895 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Iconic World War 1 Weapons
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lever action rifle of ww1 used by russia