03 Springfield in defense

03 Springfield in defense

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    03 Springfield in defense

    I managed to get a quick shot of a sort of 'wierd' fellow shooting a 03 Springfield as a defensive firearm.

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    Other than being a lefty (j/k), what is "weird" about this fellow, or the use of a bolt gun for defense?

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    If you could meet him you would say the same thing. But, he has a big heart.

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    LOL I would not want to face an 03 in the hands of someone who knew how to use it!

    It worked just fine in the defense in what two world wars? Great pic.
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    Nice shot nothing wrong with an ’03.
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    Great pic, till my computer flipped upside down.
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    There are more weird fellows than you might think who are enthused about the Model 1903s and who consider them to be very capable as a serious defensive arm. I used this Smith Corona 1903A3 in high-power competition for a few years in the early 1980s. The rifle is more than equal to the rapid-fire strings required when employed with its 5-round stripper clips. It's fast and slick in operation and capable of a high rate of accurate fire. A tough rifle with a simple and clever adjustable sight arrangement, suitable for practical ranges up to 800 yards. I wouldn't feel cheated at all to be "stuck" with this '03A3. Copious amounts of .30-06 ammunition are on hand and I have plenty of spare parts to support it in the unlikely event that it ever required a repair.




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    A Model 1903 "from a more civilized age." This 1913 example, manufactured at the Rock Island Arsenal, features the original rear sight design, more complicated and slightly less rugged than the '03A3 variation yet still very useful. The trigger guard, floor plate, barrel band, bayonet lug and other small parts are all forged, machined steel rather than the serviceable but cheaper to manufacture stamped steel common to the '03A3 variation. The original finish of the Model 1903 rifle was blued steel; that of the Model 1903-A3 was Parkerized.

    This would be the configuration of the rifle that went off to World War I. Many U.S. firearms historians claim that the substituted standard Model 1917 Enfield was issued to U.S. troops in higher numbers than the standard Model 1903 but they get caught up in the large production figures of the Model 1917 versus total World War I production figures for the Model 1903. I think they are wrong and that the Model 1917 was a late arrival to front line troops, arriving in quantity only in the months before Armistice. The three factories converted from production of the P '14 .303 version to the Model 1917 version of the rifle and by the time useful quantities were manufactured, shipped, and distributed, Armistice was only months away so that the Model 1917 was a late arrival. M1917s could have predominated during the Meuse-Argonne offensive though this well-known photo, taken during the offensive, still features the Model 1903.World War I, American Corporal Erland Johnson in His Trench at the Meuse-Argonne Front, 1918 Print - AllPosters.co.uk Over the years, I've observed many more photos of front line U.S. troops armed with 1903s than M1917s.

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    I don't think of the 03 as a defensive tool at all. Of course it could be used as one in a pinch but so can a crow bar.


    I see the 03 as what I believe it was meant to be. I see it as a very offensive tool, good for reaching out and touching someone. Sometimes methinks we get a little too politically correct these days. Sort of like when the War Department was renamed the DOD.
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    Dunno about that, Atctimmy; slap one of those 17" bayonets on it, and it could be quite the defensive rifle...
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    Man he could shoot that thing. Then he picked up an old Winchester and nailed targets with 44-40 loads. What worried me was his constant mumbling, "Make them relenquish the spherical." Over and over and over. And, that darn red liquorish, yuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by threefeathers View Post
    Man he could shoot that thing. Then he picked up an old Winchester and nailed targets with 44-40 loads. What worried me was his constant mumbling, "Make them relenquish the spherical." Over and over and over. And, that darn red liquorish, yuck.
    He's looking at the bullseye!
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    I guess I am weirdo. Since I shoot my Rock Island 1903 and My Springfield 1903 A3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    He's looking at the bullseye!
    That's it.

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