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Springfield 1903
Calibre 30-06
Serial No: 1060547
Price: £1100

Springfield 1903 MkI

United States Rifle, Caliber .30-06, Model 1903, is a five-round magazine fed, bolt-action service 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 during World War II, the Korean War, and even in the early stages of the Vietnam War.

This rifle is the MkI model becasue it has the cut out for 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 pistol type cartridge in semi-automatic mode.

This attachment was developed to allow an infantryman to convert "his 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 devices, magazines, ammunition and rifles were subsequently placed in storage, and declared surplus in 1931. To prevent them from falling into the hands of the lawless, nearly all of the stored devices were destroyed by the Army except for a few examples kept by Ordnance Department. Fewer than 100 Pedersen devices escaped ordered destruction to become extremely rare collectors' items.

This example dates to 1919 and has the original springfiled barrel dated January 1919, with a very good bore.

It has been Arsenal Refurbished post war & remains in very good condition.