Delightful Gun Show Find

Delightful Gun Show Find

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    It was a fine weekend for me. Went to a gun show in VA and this M1917 followed me home. The barrel is dated 11-18, receiver is an Eddystone and the serial # seems to suggest a production date of January 1919 (1334XXX). I've wanted one of these rifles for some time but could not find one for the right price...until now.

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    Chambered in .30-06 Springfield, this weapon served as the primary rifle used by our soldiers in WWI. It was used by some 2/3 of our forces in Europe by most credible estimates I have found, and is basically a British Pattern 14 re-chambered for the U.S. cartridge. The official service rifle of the time was the Springfield M1903 rifle, but it could not be produced in sufficient quantities for the war buildup, so this rifle was adopted as a stopgap. It saw use with reserve forces and such until the 1950s when it was finally dropped from inventories for good. Many of these rifles were sold for cheap on the surplus market and saw themselves chopped up to make nice hunting rifles. Finding one in original configuration was a treat for me, and I am happy to own it. I won't get to hit the range with it for a few weeks, but in the meantime it gets to sit and look pretty...in my safe, where it belongs


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    Oh heck yeah!

    Congrats on a great find!
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    What a great gun.

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    good find.
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    Really nice. It's great to find a piece like that.

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    They were not rechambered in 30 06, they were made that way. We were making them for our european allies here when we found our selves in WWI. Since we were already making these in large quantitys it was easy to just build them in our 30 06. I was still carrying one as a drill rifle in the mid 70s ROTC program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerranger View Post
    They were not rechambered in 30 06, they were made that way. We were making them for our european allies here when we found our selves in WWI. Since we were already making these in large quantitys it was easy to just build them in our 30 06. I was still carrying one as a drill rifle in the mid 70s ROTC program.
    I suppose I used poor phrasing. I didn't mean to say that they took rifles that had been manufactured as .303 British and re-chambered them, I meant that they took the design and turned it out in .30-06, renamed it, and off it went. Interesting that the private companies of the day could respond so much quicker than the official government arms makers when the need came about. The rifle is a fascinating piece of history.
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    Nice find, peckman28.

    Congrats on owning a nice piece of history.

    Please post a range report after you get a chance to sling some lead with it.

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    A fine piece of history there and also the favorite rifle of Sgt Alvin York.

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    Yea Peckman28! A great rifle and still more practical than most would think. Bit long-ish but one can make allowances. A M1917's worth it too.

    I have one, also an Eddystone in the 1111XXX range with a barrel date of 9-18. It's one of the rifles I've had the longest. Got it to plug a hole in a budding U.S. military collection when I was young. Didn't really think that much of the rifle at the time. In fact, it's only been in about the past 5 years that I've developed an affection for the M1917. Now they're great! And beginning to command some prices too.

    Bit of a whipping to shoot rapid-fire in high-power competition when compared with the '03 Springfield but the '17s great for 300-500 yard plinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peckman28 View Post
    It was a fine weekend for me. Went to a gun show in VA and this M1917 followed me home. The barrel is dated 11-18, receiver is an Eddystone and the serial # seems to suggest a production date of January 1919 (1334XXX). I've wanted one of these rifles for some time but could not find one for the right price...until now.
    Don't leave us in suspense, how much was it?

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    These days it's hard to find a clean 1917 that hasn't been "sporterized" (which generally means butchered).

    My family had an Eddystone hung over the mantle in my childhood home. I tinkered with it a fair amount but never had the chance to shoot it. When my folks retired and moved away, they sold it, dang it! I've had my eyes open for a decent one the last 5 years or so, but 'decent' is usually well outside my available cash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by synx View Post
    Don't leave us in suspense, how much was it?
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    Excellent find and an good price! Congrats!!
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    Nice find! I'm sure its happy it found ah good loving home!

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