The M1903 Springfield Rifle
  • The M1903 Springfield Rifle
  • The M1903 Springfield Rifle
ISBN: 1780960115
EAN13: 9781780960111
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 19, 2013
Pages: 80
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 9.6" L x 7" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Developed to replace the Model 1892 Krag-J rgensen rifle, the Model 1903 Springfield was a five-shot bolt-action rifle that introduced the .30-06 cartridge - the standard US round until the introduction of the 7.62mm NATO cartridge - and gave the US infantryman a durable, magazine-fed weapon so renowned for its accuracy that it remained in service as a sniping rifle for decades after it was superseded by the M1 Garand in 1937. Extensively used in World War I, the M1903 Springfield saw widespread combat in World War I and Korea; even during the Vietnam War, US Marine snipers still used M1903 Springfield rifles, and it remains in service today with drill teams, color guards, and ceremonial units. When large numbers of M1903 Springfields were sold off to American civilians it became a popular hunting rifle and one of the most collected US military firearms due to the large number of variations.

During World War I, US troops developed a formidable reputation for marksmanship aided by the accuracy of the M1903 Springfield, which was widely used in that conflict alongside the Pattern 1917 Enfield. World War I saw the introduction of the M1903A3, which changed the rear sight so that it was closer to that of the M1 Garand, to allow easier training of troops who might be issued either rifle. The M1903A4 sniper version was used during World War I and later. Many infantry squads Read More chevron_right

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