World War One Training Rifle, 1916

Contributed by Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum


When the United States entered Word War One in 1916 there was a shortage of army rifles for training infantry. To help the situation, the government requested new draftees to bring an old broom with them. The army provided a workable bolt action block and, if available, a Civil War era bayonet to aid in training.

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  • Title: World War One Training Rifle, 1916
  • Creation Date: 1916
  • Subject Date: 1916
  • Location: Aroostook County, ME
  • Media: Broom, metal, wood, straw
  • Dimensions: 18 cm x 184 cm x 7 cm
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
1678 U.S. Route 1, Littleton, ME 04730

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