Nighthawk Custom, a premier American firearm manufacturer, prides itself on the ability to produce single-craftsman-built guns. Perched atop a suite of John Browning-inspired handguns rests the company’s Agent 2, a M1911 chambered for .45 ACP or 9 mm Luger. The Agent 2 is no ordinary M1911, in fact this modernized single-action repeater was meticulously handcrafted with the help of a few outside designers—Agency Arms, Railscales and Hillbilly 223—to create a competition-grade target gun with modern styling and features that the company states is “the epitome of innovation.” To learn more about the Nighthawk Custom Agent 2, watch this NRA Gun of the Week video hosted by American Rifleman’s David Herman.
Despite the lessons learned during World War I, the U.S. Army lacked a purpose-built sniper rifle throughout the interwar period, even after efforts were made to develop one. The need became more apparent as World War II loomed, leading to the adoption of the M1903A4, with its developmental history explored here.
Although the names “Springfield” and “’03” are virtually synonymous, that gives short shrift to the other government facility that made the venerable “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1903”—The Rock Island Arsenal.