U.S. SPRINGFIELD Armory Model 1903 MARK I Bolt Action MILITARY Rifle C&R
Infantry Rifle Made in 1919!
Here we present a U.S. Springfield Model 1903 Mark I Bolt Action Infantry Rifle, made in 1919 at the Springfield Arsenal with the Mark I modification to accommodate the Pedersen Device. During World War I, the United States secretly developed the Pedersen device attachment for the M1903 Springfield rifle that allowed it to fire a .30 caliber (7.62 mm) pistol type cartridge in semi-automatic mode. This attachment was developed to allow an infantryman to convert their rifle to a form of submachine gun or automatic rifle in approximately 15 seconds. Production of the Pedersen device and modified M1903 rifles started during 1918. However, the war ended before they were sent to Europe. The contract was cancelled on March 1, 1919, after production of 65,000 devices, 1.6 million magazines, 65 million cartridges and 101,775 modified Springfield rifles.
This Model 1903 rifle had a production run from 1903 through 1949 with over 3,000,000 produced. The M1903 Springfield, formally the United States Rifle, is an American five-round magazine fed, bolt-action service repeating rifle, used primarily during the first half of the 20th century. It was officially adopted as a United States military bolt-action rifle on June 19, 1903, and saw service in World War I. It was officially replaced as the standard infantry rifle by the faster-firing semi-automatic eight-round M1 Garand starting in 1936. However, the M1903 Springfield remained in service as a standard issue infantry rifle during World War II since the U.S. entered the war without sufficient M1 rifles to arm all troops. It also remained in service as a sniper rifle from 1936 through 1975, which included World War II, the Korean War, and even in the Vietnam War. It still remains popular as a civilian firearm, historical collector’s piece, a competitive shooting rifle, and as a military drill rifle.
Initially, the 1903 Springfield was chambered in a new .30-03 caliber. The cartridge employed a rimless, necked-down case with a 220-grain round-nosed bullet that left the muzzle of the 24-inch barrel at some 2,300 feet-per-second. Though the round was certainly adequate for military work, when the Germans adopted a superior pointed spitzer bullet in 1904, the Americans followed suit with their own version that had a 150-grain cupro-nickel-jacketed bullet that boosted the older round’s velocity by some 400 fps. And thus, the famed .30-06 was born.
The Barrel is marked “SA/flaming bomb/7-18”. “X/G/” is stamped on the underside. “0541” and “1462” are stamped on the right buttstock.
The overall condition is very good. The action is strong. The bore is bright with great rifling. This example includes a safety booklet and a CMP certificate of authenticity. A great example of the coveted 1903 Springfield!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 24 inches in length.
Caliber: 30-06 Springfield
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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