Colt 1895 Automatic Machine Gun

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John Browning firing the 1895. His first machine gun design
Colt 1895 machine gun .30-40 Krag

John Browning's first machine gun design. Demonstrated for the U.S. Navy in January 1896 by John Browning personally. It was a success and the Navy ordered fifty of the guns from Colt. This was the first purchase of an automatic weapon by the U.S. government. This weapon was used by the U.S. Marines in the Boxer Rebellion as well as in the Philippines during the insurrection after the U.S. seized the islands from Spain in the Spanish-American War (1898). The 1895 was used by other armies across the globe and there are photos of it being used in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s. The 1895 was also used by the British Merchant Marine, in the early days of WWII, on their freighters. The British received hundreds of the 1895 from the United States as part of the Lend-Lease program. It was available in many calibers to include 30-40 Krag, 7mm Mauser, 6mm Lee and 30-06. Later Marlin also manufactured the 1895 (known as the Colt-Marlin Model 1895/14). The gun was nicknamed "The potato digger" because of it's odd operating mechanism when it was fired.

The Colt 1895 Automatic Machine Gun and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:



(1895 - 1919)

  • Type: Machine Gun
  • Caliber(s): 6mm Lee Navy, 7x57mm Mauser, .30-40 Krag, .30-06 Springfield, .303 British, 7.62x54mmR
  • Weight: 35 lbs (16 kg)
  • Length: 41 in (104 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 28 in (71.1 cm)
  • Capacity: Belt Fed
  • Fire Modes: Full-Auto


Title Actor Character Notation Date
The Heart of Humanity German soldiers 1918
7th Heaven German soldiers mocked up to resemble Maxim MG08 1927
The End of St. Petersburg German soldier 1927
Storm Over Asia British soldiers and Red partisans 1928
The General Died at Dawn General Yang's troops 1936
Alamases's Gorge (Ushchelye Alamasov) Daniil Sagal Dyndyp 1937
Enemy soldiers
If War Comes Tomorrow (Esli zavtra voyna) Enemy troops 1938
Viva Zapata! . Mexican soldiers . 1952
The Wind and the Lion . United States Navy landing party Mounted on a wheeled carriage 1975
Deal of the Century Seen in the Gundealer's Room 1983


Show Title/Episode Actor Character Notation Air Date
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Volume 1 Mexican revolutionaries 1992
Rough Riders James Parks William Tiffany 1997
Rough Riders Mark Moses Woodbury Kane 1997


Title Character Note Date
Golden Kamuy - Season 1 Ep. "Grim Reaper" 2018

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