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As the already worn tooling began to wear beyond use Remington began seeking Army approval for a continuously increasing number of changes and simplifications to both speed up manufacture and improve performance.

M1903 Springfield

F – G – Other features of the M, such as high-grade walnut stocks with finger grooves, were replaced with less expensive but serviceable substitutes.

Serial Numbers by date factory record book. Marine Corps issued the Springfield with a sight hood to protect the front sight, along with a thicker front blade.

According to Bruce Canfield’s encyclopedic U. WWII weapons used “.

For safety reasons, JROTC Ms are made permanently unable to fire by plugging the barrel with a steel rod, or having it filled with lead, soldering the bolt and welding the magazine cutoff switch in the ON position.

Ernest Hemingway used this rifle, with iron sights, to take all his big game, including lions, on his first African safari in In all other respects, the Mark I is identical to the It remains popular as a civilian firearm, historical collector’s piece, and as a military drill rifle.

Army rifle trials of From its adoption in until the end of the war it was used extensively in every theater of operation by both the US Army and the USMC.


Army never reported any fatalities. However, the leaf spring providing tension to the elevation adjustment on the new aperture sight tended to weaken with continued use over time, causing the rifle to lose its preset range elevation setting.

Springfield M rifles captured by the Germans were designated Gewehr a. In regard to its military use, it is important to note that during World War I it was actually outnumbered by the M Enfield manuall much of the war.

Due to the duration of its service, there is also a range of smaller differences among ones from different periods and manufacturers. The Redfield scope mount removed the rear peep sight that was standard on the MA3.

Krag rifle to a bolt and magazine system derived from the Mauser Model 93, to produce the new U. The Krag officially entered U. The new American cartridge was designated “Cartridge, Ball, Caliber.

M Springfield – Wikipedia

The front sight on the barrel was never installed on the A4 barrels, however, the notch for it was m19033 in place.

Springfield was sure enough that the Springfield Model prototype would be accepted that they began making some parts, but it was not accepted and further changes were asked for.

The rifle included a rear sight leaf that could be used to adjust for elevation. The United States Army attempted to introduce a higher-velocity cartridge in for the existing Krags, but its single locking lug on the bolt could not withstand the extra chamber pressure.

To speed production output, two-groove rifled barrels were adopted, and steel alloy specifications were relaxed under ‘War Emergency Steel’ criteria for both rifle actions and barrels. It was officially adopted as a United States military bolt-action rifle on June 19,and saw service in World War I. After m9103 Korean War, active service as opposed to drill use of the M was rare.


The Springfield Model almost entered production.

April Learn how and when to remove this template manuap. Lower serial numbers are known as “low-number” M rifles. The M not only replaced the various versions of the U.

It was officially replaced as the standard infantry rifle by the faster-firing semi-automatic eight-round M1 Garand starting in In service, the Springfield was generally prized for its reliability and accuracy, though some problems remained. These limitations on long-range targeting m1930 due to the limited field of view present in both the M73 and M73B1 scopes. The precision rear aperture sight was located too far from the eye for efficient use, and the narrow, unprotected front sight was both difficult to see in poor light and easily damaged.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. M History The Springfield M can trace its design roots to m19003 Spanish Mauser rifle so closely that many say that it is actually a Mauser design with only slight modifications. This “short rifle” also m1930 the need of a shorter carbine for mounted troops or cavalry.

Pyrometers were installed in December to accurately measure temperatures during the forging process. Although several cases of serious injury from receiver failure were documented, the U. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.