Posted by
Message
BFIV
Virginia
Member since Apr 2012
3138 posts

Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
I've always wanted one of these old rifles. To me, they are beautiful. Link with the story: LINK
This post was edited on 3/15 at 10:55 pm


Sody Cracker
Washington State Fan
Distemper Ward
Member since May 2016
2911 posts
 Online 

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1


LongueCarabine
LSU Fan
Pointe Aux Pins, LA
Member since Jan 2011
5068 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
Nice story.

I have an '03, bought it at a gunshow about 20 years ago. Paid $400 for it at the time, I was real hesitant about forking over that much money, but now glad I did.

Prices for '03s are almost insane now.


BFIV
Virginia
Member since Apr 2012
3138 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
quote:

Prices for '03s are almost insane now.



The same with the 1906 and 1917. Those are beautiful, too.


upgrade
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2011
6009 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
Why don’t the ‘17s get talked about more. I don’t know anything about them, except that our troops used far more of them during The Great War than the ‘03.


DownSouthJukin
Georgia Southern Fan
Griffin, Georgia
Member since Jan 2014
15067 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
Delete.
This post was edited on 3/16 at 11:30 am


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
Bama and Beer
Alabama Fan
Fairhope, AL
Member since Oct 2010
77348 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
The Enfields?


Bama and Beer
Alabama Fan
Fairhope, AL
Member since Oct 2010
77348 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
And now I'm down the rabbit hole of WW1 and 2 firearms. Again, for the hundredth time



Interesting


quote:

Pedersen's toggle-delayed blowback rifle in caliber .276 Pedersen


quote:

Although the Pedersen was rated for a time as the most likely candidate for standardization and adoption, the .30 caliber M1 Garand was chosen instead.[1]
This post was edited on 3/16 at 11:57 am


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
10
BFIV
Virginia
Member since Apr 2012
3138 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
quote:

The Enfields?


Yep, I really like those, too. The SMLE is a great weapon with a storied history. Got 5 or 6 of them. Accurate, too. Very accurate. LINK


TD SponsorTD Fan
USA
Member since 2001
Thank you for supporting our sponsors
Advertisement
aileron
LSU Fan
H-Town
Member since Apr 2018
83 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
Picked one up from the CMP like 12 years ago before they ran out. Also visited the Springfield Armory a few years back. Really neat place if you happen to be in the neighborhood.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
10
upgrade
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2011
6009 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
Is the 1917 Enfield the same as SMLE? I didn’t think it was. I’d love to have one of those SMLE with the rear aperture sight. It would seem the rimmed 303 would not feed well in a bolt action, but apparently it worked pretty damn good. Some say it was a better battle rifle than the Mauser 98.


BFIV
Virginia
Member since Apr 2012
3138 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
quote:

Is the 1917 Enfield the same as SMLE? I didn’t think it was. I’d love to have one of those SMLE with the rear aperture sight.


You're right. They are not the same. Just saw Enfield and thought SMLE (Small Magazine Lee Enfield).

quote:

I’d love to have one of those SMLE with the rear aperture sight.


They are sweet.

quote:

Some say it was a better battle rifle than the Mauser 98.



Having handled and shot both of them, I think the SMLE was the better rifle. Much faster rate of fire than the Mauser 98, more accurate, and better sights, imho.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
00
Yewkindewit
LSU Fan
Near Birmingham, Alabama
Member since Apr 2012
12289 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
I have an 03 and an 03A3 purchased from the north Store/Armory in Port Clinton, Ohio. Made a run up there about 10-12 years ago with a friend on a 2 day up and back. Picked up a Eddystone Model 1917 as well. It was a great trip!


mallardhank
LSU Fan
Atlanta
Member since Feb 2006
817 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
The 1917 is not easy to customize. The rabbit ears at the rear sight have to be machined off; the action cocks on closing the bolt instead of the Mauser lifting the bolt handle; and the magazine/trigger guard is not straight like the 03. And it’s heavy.
I have several rifles built on the 03 action and they’re the best ever made.


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
10
LongueCarabine
LSU Fan
Pointe Aux Pins, LA
Member since Jan 2011
5068 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
quote:

Why don’t the ‘17s get talked about more. I don’t know anything about them, except that our troops used far more of them during The Great War than the ‘03.


Well, you don't see them much in movies, but Lt. Neidermeyer and his squad used them in the parade scene in "Animal House"!

This post was edited on 3/17 at 11:04 am


upgrade
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2011
6009 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
I thought those were ‘03s.


LongueCarabine
LSU Fan
Pointe Aux Pins, LA
Member since Jan 2011
5068 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1
Take a look at the movie. They’re 17s.


Broke
LSU Fan
AKA Buttercup
Member since Sep 2006
63503 posts

re: Interesting story on this .03 Springfield, Serial #1



Ok I laughed my arse off. He wants a thong case to be inserted in its butt.


FREAK


Replies (0)
Replies (0)
30
first pageprev pagePage 1 of 1next pagelast page
refresh

Back to top

logoFollow TigerDroppings for LSU Football News
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on LSU Football and Recruiting.

FacebookTwitterInstagram