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Sergeant Ernest A. Janson was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism near Belleau
Wood, where he was seriously wounded while using his M1903 rifle (serial number
606464). He was a member of the honor guard (far right) at the burial of the Unknown
Soldier at Arlington Cemetery in 1921.

short-barreled version of the popular
American hunting shotgun was fitted with a ventilated, stamped-steel
handguard over the barrel, which
in turn, was fitted with a bayonet
lug that accommodated the bayonet
designed for the M1917 Enfield rifle.
While they ostensibly were intended
for use in guarding prisoners of war,
Marines found them to be an excellent
arm in the assault, when loaded with
00 buckshot. The German government
lodged a formal complaint, claiming
that the use of shotguns violated
the international Hague Convention
of 1899, which banned non-jacketed
bullets. However, the same convention also banned the use of poisonous
gas-and the Germans developed, and
first employed, poisonous gas in 1915.
The Americans, therefore, did not take
the German protest very seriously.
By the end of the war, the Marine
Corps had proved its value on the

battlefields of the Western Front many
times over-using the aforementioned
arms. Very fortunately, and thanks
to the ongoing efforts of the NRA,
collectors in the United States are
still able to own operable examples
of these historic firearms of World
War I, unlike the case with military
history enthusiasts in many countries
around the world. These firearms
are the tangible relics of stories of
bravery and sacrifice, and they truly
are the guns that made the world in
which we live today. Museums and
public institutions cannot preserve
enough of them for future generations, so hopefully, enough of them
will survive among private collectors
for study and appreciation for years
to come. If you think that one of the
guns mentioned above is in your gun
cabinet at home, please don't trample
the family dog in your rush to check
its serial number!

The authors thank the staff of the National Museum of the Marine Corps (especially
Joan Thomas), the Marine Corps History Division (especially Kara Newcomer), and
NRA Life member Glenn E. Hyatt for their assistance in the preparation of this article.
(EDITOR'S NOTE) Ken Smith-Christmas, a frequent contributor to American Rifleman

and commentator on "American Rifleman Television," served on the staff of the
Marine Corps Museum for nearly 30 years, and brought Mark Henry, author of
several volumes in the "Osprey" series (including one about Marines in World
War I), onto the museum staff in 2003. Together, they played an instrumental role
in the conception and development of exhibits in the National Museum of the Marine
Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle VA 22172; usmcmuseum.org.
AUGUST 2017

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