Straight Shooters

ROSS VS MAUSER

In the days before extremely fine production tolerances, match-grade ammunition and bespoke development, what made two of World War One’s best sniping rifles so efficient?

ROSS RIFLE MK.III
CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM

Ross Rifle, Sniper Mk.III

Effectively new, and the standard arm equipping the Canadians at the outbreak of war, the Ross Mk.III had a 30.5in barrel and a good trigger, and shared the Ross family’s sporting heritage, producing an excellent target rifle. The British issue scoped rifles of varying type including Ross Mk.II and Mk.III variants, which were also adopted by Allied marksmen. Although fewer rifles were issued overall, the British instituted a large and successful sniper training programme.

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