Standard Arms Model G Semiauto Rifle

Standard Arms Model G Semiauto Rifle

Right at the beginning of the 20th century, there were 3 options on the market for semiauto commercial sporting rifles in the US: the Remington Model 8, the Winchester 1905/1907 Self-Loader, and the Standard Arms Model G. The Remington and Winchester were both good guns, and sold well – the Standard Arms was pretty much a flop, and has definitely become a forgotten weapon today.

The Model G used a tilting bolt like the FAL and a long-stroke gas piston to cycle, and had the interesting option of allowing the shooter to disable the gas system and run the rifle as a pump action instead. It was available in the standard Remington autoloader cartridges, with .30 Remington seeming to have been the most common (and both of these examples are in .30).


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  1. Nick P on October 27, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Should have been named Sub-Standard Arms… lol 😂🤣

  2. Hachiro B on October 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    I question how many pens you’ve broken in the name of disassembly, Ian.

  3. rotteni on October 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    suggestion lahti l-35

  4. StrydyRHellZRydyR on October 27, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Jesus… Jesus… Lol…
    What did u do to your thumb.. looks like u almost cut the tip of your thumb off

  5. StrydyRHellZRydyR on October 27, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    I like this tune you use back in these days

  6. dbmail545 on October 27, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    That tilting bolt makes me think of the BAR. Fascinating design, shame it was so fragile.

  7. mark cooper on October 27, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    I had two of them a 25 and 30 cal. And though cool guns ,very finicky and needed to be very clean to run I. I’ll take the rem model 8 any day

  8. Immopimmo on October 27, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Is it just me, or does Ian look a lot like Buffalo Bill Cody? 🙂

  9. GetTheFO on October 27, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    I wonder if the semi-auto/pump idea for the SPAS 12 was partially derived from these. Very interesting design… too bad it was never refined.

  10. Shice Squad on October 27, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Anybody else think it’s a bit of a bummer when you find out about early designs like this that could have been OK but then had one fatal flaw like this one?
    I still have a lot of respect for these early designers who really went out on a limb and took chances – even if their designs couldn’t quite cut it. That’s one of the many reasons I love this channel so much. Bravo, Ian!

  11. douro20 on October 27, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Can’t remove the bolt?

  12. Jeremias Astorga on October 27, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    The pen is mightier than the gun?

  13. damnoldguy on October 27, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Really dig the brass hand guard and butt plate, sets the rifle apart

  14. Hugh Stewart on October 27, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    I found this to be a very interesting piece of gun design history that I never knew existed it’s fascinating! What a really interesting design. Thanks for sharing this.

  15. Diktator Alexander on October 27, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Three people had ones that didn’t work.

     To be honest, I see no point in these early semi automatic rifles, I see why they weren’t popular.

  16. Forewarned76 on October 27, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Hey look, I finally have a gun that’s in one of your videos

  17. Ross Voss on October 27, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    "Here we have a rifle that works great,

    as long as you don’t use it as a firearm."


  18. Seamus on October 27, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    It loads like an FSA 1917

  19. wolfshondbk on October 27, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    When moving the bolt backwards, the striker spring was deprest, why is that?

  20. Larry Hare on October 27, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    I have a number of both the Standard Model M and the Model G rifles. Your presentation on these rifles was very enjoyable as are all your other firearm examinations. I’ve learned a lot on many of the firearms in my modest collection.

    However, I am very familiar with the Standard Model G design and have to say that your statement that the connecting arm/gas piston pin was a primary cause of their in service failure is a symptom, not the root cause of their failures.There are two primary causes of the pin failure. One, these gas operated rifles, as are most other rifles with similar operating designs, require frequent cleaning of the gas operating system. You did not perform this maintenance task in your video for obvious reasons, since the rifles were to be soon sold at auction.If you had accomplished this task, you would have appreciated just how cumbersome this process is/was on the Standard Arms Mdl G rifle. First, the small blank just behind the front sight boss must be driven out revealing a set screw which secures the boss to the barrel. Back out this screw and then you must drift the front sight boss forward toward to muzzle by about 3/8" to 1/2", so that you can unscrew the gas cylinder from the boss and then you can remove the slide tube and then clean the gas system.Many original owners failed to do this as is evident from the examples that I’ve seen and disassembled, which are typically very badly fouled.This fouling would cause the rifle to malfunction, especially in cold weather, so the owner would open up the gas valve to the full open position. Subsequently usage, especially during the warmer months of the year would result in excessive operating forces and thus the cross head pin would fail unless this gas valve was readjusted.
    Another problem with this gas operated rifle design is that there is a significant amount of friction surfaces between the operating rods and the interior surfaces of the upper receiver half involved during normal cycling.Excess oil and cold weather operation would result in malfunctions, similar to gas system fouling and the same scenario with subsequent warm weather operation without a readjustment of the gas valve would damage the mechanism.
    Basically, many original owners were just not familiar with the maintenance requirements of a gas operated firearm mechanism and these were especially obtuse and cumbersome with respect to the Standard Arms Mdl G rifles.

    PS: Here is a photo of the original Standard Arms disassembly and gas valve tool:


    It is inserted into a .35 Rem cartridge case when not in use.

  21. T0mN7 on October 27, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    That handle, though… It’s a piece of art!

  22. Myoptik3x10 on October 27, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Came here after the “Camp rifle” video, six years on.

  23. daniel job on October 27, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    Today on FW: how Standard Arms screwed up building a basic hunting weapon by trying too hard!

  24. bibro76 on October 27, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    hi folks ! i need sum hint !? what´s the exact producers name ? is it "Standart MFG" ? i found it hart to solve this question online !^^

  25. Lazy on October 27, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    There hair

  26. Lovie DeBiasio on October 27, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Hey Dude what did they sell for at the auction?

  27. ericdirtbiker on October 27, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    you look like an ian im not even surprised

  28. AluminumStud on October 27, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    They look like they could have been fairly successful if the load bearing parts had been engineered better.  The way that it disassembles, operates, and loads seems reasonable even by today’s standards.

  29. Justin Delrie on October 27, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve actually got to hold and handle one if these

  30. SayNoTo Democide on October 27, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Does this remind anyone of the SPAS-12?

  31. Wendigo on October 27, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    I always wanted one of these, but i have a reproduction

  32. Why It? on October 27, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Drop shadow on the white lettering is an improvement!

  33. Nick Verbree on October 27, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Just came from the camp model video, hope this gets a bump!

  34. Nukleon on October 27, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    All these videos are very interesting, just a shame you can’t shoot a few rounds through them. I understand that either the auction house doesn’t wanna get the guns dirtied or damaged, and in addition to that the guns might use exotic ammunition no longer in production.

  35. 666Vertigo on October 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Interesting note, when the bolt was pulled to the rear, it moved the striker back as well (putting tension on the spring).  As it unlocks, the tension is released.

  36. Lucian Ene on October 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    I can see problem with these rifles: the "bolt carrier" is loo light, it cannot store enough kinetic energy to cycle the action reliably. The "solution" found for this problem, making the guns working in manual reloading mode only, shows that gas operation wasn’t properly understood at that time.

  37. 123nick on October 27, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    so theres USA going into ww2 with its garand and its all semi automatic, but we had semi-automatic rifle caliber fire power in *1909?!* whew, im amazed that this thing wasnt adopted as the standard firearm of a country long before ww1 or ww2.

  38. Dan Troop on October 27, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you, this is the first I have seen of this rifle. If the design had been more robust and refined this could well have been a success. Two modes, auto and pump, would have endeared the gun to folks who liked the semi-auto rifle but doubted its reliability and gave them the fall back option of the manual pump action. 

  39. 762gunr on October 27, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Interesting how they overlooked putting the rear sight to the rear of the receiver.

  40. frankdn on October 27, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    1.  It would have been interesting to see that pin.
    2.  This rifle, the flaw fixed, could succeed in the market today.  (Over to you, Davide Pedersoli.)

  41. Tom J on October 27, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    I love seeing cool older innovative firearms like these.

  42. Chopsticks Mcguffin on October 27, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    That old theme’s radder’n hell.

  43. jack clarke on October 27, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    it killed them in the market .. quailty pun

  44. Gulf Relay on October 27, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    Lots of these old guns have nothing modern. Instead, WE are using the concepts, which WERE modern. So, actually, they were modern, and WE aren’t.

  45. greg Bilotta on October 27, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    "A fancy disassembling tool"
    *pulls out red ball-point pen. More like a multi-tasking feat of engineering!

  46. G Money on October 27, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    dat jesus weave.
    loven it

  47. Jayson Pflumm on October 27, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Manufactured here in good ole Delaware! It’s official we’re on the map. Albeit, over a 100 years ago lol:-)

  48. steeltoe communist on October 27, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Was this ever fielded in a millitary setting?
    If not why?

  49. Tommy Jansen on October 27, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Gun Jesus looks extra Jesusy today.

  50. Trevor K on October 27, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    if ria would let you I would like to suggest some snap caps to show fuction of some of the guns