M1903 Springfield rifle (M1903A3-A4)

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M1903 Springfield rifle (M1903A3-A4) history

The first prototype of the Springfield M1903A1 was created in 1900 and 80,000 units were produced in 1903. Widely used during the First World War, the rifle was again studied by American engineers who produced a new model, the M193A3, Lessons learned from the First World War.

It was only in the early years of the Second World War that US Army soldiers used the Springfield, which was eventually set aside for M1 Garand. But a new model of the Springfield (the M1903A4) equipped with a precision bezel, is nevertheless used by US snipers who appreciate its high precision.

A grenade launcher version was also used between 1941 and 1945, with a grenade launch device originally designed for the M1 Garand rifle.

M1903 Springfield rifle (M1903A3-A4) specification

Creator/User: United States of America
Denomination: M1903A3 – M1903A4

Fire mode: bolt-action
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield (7.62×63mm)
Feed system: 5-round stripper clip
Effective firing range: 914 m
Maximum firing range: 3,200 m
Rate of fire: 15 rounds/min

Weight: 3,98 kg
Length: 1097 mm