This site describes the Rifles, Bayonets and Ammunition from the Nations of Western-Europe, made between about 1845 and 1945. 


Some small Western-European countries didn't take part in the development of military rifles, they simply adopted the rifle models that other countries developed. Therefore they are not treated. Percussion rifles were actually obsolete in 1845 and therefore they are also not treated. From about 1870 most nations adopted their new designed single shot rifles by replacing their, from percussion converted, breech loading rifles. The most common design in the following period was the bolt action. The military use of bolt action rifles in Western-Europe ended with World War II, with the exception of use by Special forces or militia. 


Although 1945 is the formal boundary of this collection, most of the ammo, rifles and bayonets are much older than 100 years. 

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