WW1 – The Trench Shotgun & M1911 Pistol – a short history

WW1 – The Trench Shotgun & M1911 Pistol – a short history

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  1. Cognitive Dissident on November 17, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    I duck hunted with a model 97 Winchester when I was a kid. With 3” magnum shells it kicked more than the blanks shown lol

  2. Linda Scott on November 17, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    The 1917 revolvers were pretty good guns.I wouldnt feel underarmed with either the 1897 or 1917 today.Imo the 1897, even without the bayonet, looks plain mean

  3. Jonathan Owen on November 17, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Corporal Alvin York was a total badass. He took out a German battalion of 35 machine guns, killed 32, and captured 132 with only a M1917 Enfield rifle and a M1911 pistol!

  4. PavewayJDAM on November 17, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Close up of a 1911 isn’t even a 1911. Ballester Molina. History Channel quaitly, ie low bar. Youtube filled with better quality control and expertise.

  5. C.J. on November 17, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    6:27 – good lord assistant gunner, it isn’t a pull starter on your dads lawnmower.

  6. BRUTAL KILLER on November 17, 2021 at 7:35 pm


  7. Mack Dingo on November 17, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    One of the best stories Ive heard props to MOH York

  8. Doughnut Spaghetti on November 17, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    This just makes me want to get another shotgun.

  9. Rat Lips on November 17, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    Ya gotta wonder about the 36 thumbs downvoting for this video. Ya think they might be vegians?

  10. V. E. on November 17, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    I tried firing a shotgun after being put in a wheelchair and it was comical. My first shot sent me ass over apple cart backwards. Should have seen that coming. Second shot was better, as I turned the chair to an angle, but having no working abs didn’t bode well and I almost went over anyways. The next thought was to throttle down and try a lesser guage and found I could only handle a .410 w/ any safety and accuracy and gun control is, after all, about accuracy, right?

  11. Mike Boyd on November 17, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    If he says ummmm one more time!

  12. Grey Pilgrim on November 17, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    You DO realize that in your discussion of the 1911, at 4:47 you show the picture of the Argentine Ballister Molina? This adaptation of the original 1911 using a pivot trigger and distinctive serrations on the slide is unmistakable. I would think a fancy production budget would do a better job.

  13. Itachi Uchiha on November 17, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    Loser complaining about the shotgun being unfair, sounds a lot like the Chinese when they don’t get their way.

  14. C W on November 17, 2021 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve read that some 1897 shotguns used in WWI were in the riot configuration without the heat shield and bayonet lug. Is this true? I recently bought one made in 1918 for $400. Also, is it ok to shoot modern buckshot or high brass game loads through it? Sorry, I keep finding conflicting info and don’t know who to trust

  15. badas45 on November 17, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Hear me out… Clint Eastwood directs "York"

  16. old wars new on November 17, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    My grandpa blew a Germans head off with one of these and then killed 2 more Germans with a 1911.i still got the 1911

  17. MUHAMMAD DANISH B. NORAFFENDI on November 17, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    Passager pigeon 1914-1918 c.parakeet this weapon

  18. Tin Man on November 17, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    talks about the 1911 has a Ballester Molina made in Argentina

  19. united kingdom on November 17, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Imagine you being a German soldier in WW1 and a American with a shotgun got to your trench and saying "adios"

  20. Nyachi on November 17, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    Introduces flamethrowers, mustard gas, serrated bayonets, and unrestricted submarine warfare
    *Complains about American bois with shooty sticks*

  21. NRH111 on November 17, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    2:13 dudes a woman now. your welcome

  22. kiwidiesel on November 17, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    I have a Mossberg pump action shotgun, best gun ever🙏

  23. Redneck Sniper on November 17, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    The 1893 wasn’t the first working pump shotgun the spencer slide action shotgun has that honor though the Winchester was the first commercially successful pump shotgun

  24. Larry Farris on November 17, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    @ 4:41 – Of course what’s shown is NOT the 1911 model used during WWI (M1911). What’s shown is a 1911A1 which wasn’t adopted until 1924. And @ 11:03 – Just to be clear, not Remington Arms Company but Remington Rand Company – the typewriter company. Remington Rand was one of the largest producers of 1911A1 for WW2 also.

  25. Pale Horseman on November 17, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    I own both lol

  26. Lawrence Schuman on November 17, 2021 at 7:56 pm

    I thought the Browning A-5 was the trench broom.

  27. Steve Grosvenor on November 17, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    So shot guns were evil but the Germans could use nerve gas?

  28. Rupert Cortes on November 17, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    US shotgun vs German SMG.

  29. hilldwler 420 on November 17, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Model 97 was the perfect weapon for trench warfare at the time and a damn fine weapon.. Like ducks on the pond.

  30. thecheezy bleezy on November 17, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    The first shotgun is of dutch design and it’s known as the blunderbuss

  31. Chief NastyGaming on November 17, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    bro that gun not only survived wars but loved every damn second of it. pump that shit like you’ve got a pair. oh god it killed me inside to see that…….

  32. Mike Oxlong on November 17, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    the real life cotton hill

  33. paul williams on November 17, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    I believe they tied their legs also so they couldn’t run away

  34. Mike Franklin on November 17, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    Most people never heard of the 1893 Model.

  35. Ned Ludd on November 17, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    The guy’s story about the US in the Philippines fighting insurrectionists is false. The US was fighting against Filipino independence fighters who had been fighting against the Spanish. The US massacred over two hundred thousand Filipinos. It is also the first record of the US using waterboarding. Mark Twain wrote strongly against the US invasion.

  36. Angelus Umbra on November 17, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    In a war filled with machine guns, flame throwers, and poison gas, the 1897 combat modified (they added a heat shield, bayonet lug, and some other mods for the ones they gave soldiers that altered them from civilian models) shotgun in use by the Americans was what made the Germans protest. THAT should give you an idea just how effective it was in WW1.

    A shotgun was cried about. Not a bullet hose, a fire sprayer, or poison brutality. A shotgun.

  37. Mr Ratio on November 17, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Are we not going to talk about the dude pretending to shoot lol 9:37

  38. Joshua Johnson on November 17, 2021 at 8:07 pm

    Thought this was Garand Thumb when I clicked on it lol. Still good.

  39. Ignacio Casabona on November 17, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    The "1911" pictured is a gun made in Argentina, I believe it is a Ballester Molina, a kind of 1911 clone but engenieered way after WW1 was over…..

  40. hilldwler 420 on November 17, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    Sgt. York sounds so thoughtful and intelligent, why did Gary Cooper portray him as and ignorant illiterate hick? They did sgt. York a huge disservice,man was a hero. He died broke in a veterans home due to “ back taxes “ took everything he had. A damn travesty.

  41. Joel Springman on November 17, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    It’s a thing of beauty, a work of art. And deadly to our enemies!

  42. Carl Hicks Jr on November 17, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Because NOTHING says "EFF YOU AND THE GUY RIGHT NEXT TO YOU!" like a12 ga. with a bayonet on it, that’s why.
    Unless, of course, it’s the 40mm pump action grenade launcher by China Lake Arms…..
    [yeah. look that bad boy up for your ‘bloop-gasm’ 😁]

  43. Pete Steensen on November 17, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    This narrator is useless

  44. Professor Ed on November 17, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    So not one of the 130 captured soldiers had a handgun and faked surrender to ambush the ONE person taking u P.O.W?

  45. Old War Monger on November 17, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Damn that thing looks mean

  46. Bill Peart on November 17, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Nice flashing tie

  47. Ray Lamp on November 17, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Have a couple model 12 love em.

  48. Maurice Upton on November 17, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    LoooL….shotguns used because the USA still has never signed the Geneva convention even today.

  49. Bernard Frederic on November 17, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Trench flints in WWI? Don’t watch that! Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OB8__9I-NNk!
    And You will learn, that they never saw action. All the depictions of dough boys with pump flints, possibly shooting german grenades out the sky, are pure farb, or less polite B.S..

  50. El Tigger Malo on November 17, 2021 at 8:26 pm

    "Inherited the Philippines" I didn’t know that the entire island of the Philippines were an object with no self identifying people. Sad…