- a pit or short trench affording shelter to riflemen in firing at an enemy.
Origin of rifle pit
First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for rifle pit
Knowing this, they tore on till the rifle-pit was only a hundred yards away.
That night the regiment occupied a rifle-pit about half a mile from the river.The Seventh Regiment
George L. Wood
I made a comfortable bed, by leaning two rails against the rifle-pit.In The Ranks
R. E. McBride
All Virginia, from the Rapidan to Richmond, was a rifle-pit and an earthwork.
Then a dozen men came hurrying out of the rifle-pit where they had lain low, to surround the exhausted pair.