A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

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A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

Postby oldironsights » Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:22 pm

I went shooting at a range where I am a new member today.
This range is much more accessible being just three miles from home. :D
I have the gate key & I can shoot every day from 0800 to dusk.
I am not a very good shooter of centerfire rifles, as you will notice the lack of target pictures.
Some targets had no holes while others had some scattered holes, so I am proud to show the rifles only.
One day I will learn how to shoot! :oops:

From my reading of history, I learned the U.S. was ill prepared as usual to raise & equip an army when it entered the "Great War".
Pictured alongside the standard issue Model of 1903 are non-standard U.S. arms; The Model of 1916 & the Model of 1917.
I have read where the Mosins were just called Russian rifles & not the Model of 1916. I do not have access to official records, so I will mention both terms.
I was lucky enough to get my greedy paws on some great old rifles, so I thought I would post photos of the rifles.
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Post WW1 build with spare parts.
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Straight Grip with Fingergroove Model of 1903
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Receiver serial number indicates 1931 as year of manufacture.
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Avis replacement barrel with a 1918 date of manufacture.
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Re: A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

Postby oldironsights » Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:30 pm

Here is an older Rock Island Model of 1903 rebuilt with spares after the second world war.
It resides in a repaired "C" stock with a newer Remington two groove barrel.
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Re: A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

Postby oldironsights » Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:45 pm

Here is a rifle that is/was both loved & hated by those who had to use it.
This one is my most accurate 30.06 military rifle.
Just an old Eddystone mixmaster.
It wears parts from Remington & Winchester along with the Eddystone parts.
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1918 Remington Barrel
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U.S. property stamp
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The armory that refurbished her
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Re: A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

Postby oldironsights » Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:05 pm

Here is a Russian contract Mosin made by Remington that looks to have stayed stateside.
I rescued it. It was missing many parts, had the stock cut for a scope mount, but the barreled action was spared. Another barreled action was modified instead.
It was missing the handguard, barrel bands, rear sight, & cleaning rod.
Lemmy in Finland sent the barrel bands, & I had to beg & barter for the rest.
The walnut handguard came from a Bulgarian marked Tula, & the rear sight from a Tula dragoon.
Hey! It works!
The rest of the parts are original & matching.
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Rack Number?
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Russian Regal Eagle
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U.S. Flaming Bomb & Angry Eagle Head.
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Walnut handguard stolen from Bulgarian M91 Very close match.
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dragoon rear sight
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Re: A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

Postby M14man » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:08 pm

Oldironsights....Very nice, Thank you for the tour. You did well with the photos.
It is a shame you don't see more of the good old Great War horses at the ranges now-a-days.
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Re: A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

Postby Niner » Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:18 pm

Great photo exposition. Thanks for taking the time. It is good to see some bolt action guns of US issue, even though they come by way of European design.
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Re: A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

Postby C&R Guy » Tue May 13, 2014 8:08 am

Very nice collection. Must be nice living that close to a range and having the key.
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Re: A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

Postby Dave 101 » Tue May 13, 2014 12:19 pm

Your making me very envious , lovely old rifles .

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Re: A Few U.S. "Great War" Era Rifles

Postby Snipe » Wed May 14, 2014 5:00 pm

Sweet rifles, I just love those 1903 springfield, thanks for sharing . :IRE:

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