Dating springfield armory model 1903a1


14-Aug-2020 04:47

Even after adoption of the M1, however, the ’03 remained the primary American service rifle until production of the Garand could meet the demand. Even though large numbers of M1917 “American Enfields” were manufactured and issued during World War I to supplement the supply of M1903s, the “Springfield ’03” remained the standard U. military service rifle until the adoption of the semi-automatic M1 “Garand” rifle in 1936.In this article of the Springfield Rifle Series we will look at the rifle’s production after World War One, and production through World War Two including the 1903A3.We will also look at sniper variations, .22 caliber variations, and other types of 1903 rifles including target and sporter models.it was quickly found that the ‘right heat’ as judged by the skillful eye of the old timers was up to 300 degrees hotter on a bright sunny day than it was on a dark cloudy one" (See Hatcher, Julian Hatcher’s Notebook , Third Edition, Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1966, page 215).Heating to the higher temperatures led to crystallization of trace elements within the steel, making it too hard, and rather than deforming under high pressure, the receiver shattered, often permitting the bolt to exit the receiver, causing injury to the shooter.Such was the situation at the beginning of World War II.The disaster at Dunkirk left the British in extremely perilous straits as thousands of badly needed rifles were abandoned in France when British troops were evacuated to England.

The M1903 was valued as a tool to the soldier because if its sheer power, high speed projectile and its accuracy.The Springfield M1903 can trace its design roots to the Spanish Mauser rifle so closely that many say that it is actually a Mauser design with only slight modifications.Despite these slight modifications, like a 2 piece firing pin, Mauser filed a lawsuit against the US government, which it won resulting in the payment of ,000,000 to Mauser from the US.Production of the 1903 rifle continued after the end of World War One.