Watch this American Rifleman TV segment "Over There Part Two" to learn about the Untied State's preparation and experience entering the fighting during World War I.
The Model 1903 Springfield is arguably the most accurate off-the-shelf service rifle ever produced. And if the ’03 was intrinsically accurate, the ’03 National Match, painstakingly produced by the Springfield Armory from 1921 to 1940, was superlative.
There has been confusion and speculation about the M1903 Springfield “Stripped for Air Service.” Documents from the National Archives explain the why, how many were made, and how the “Air Service ’03” was obsolete before it was even made.
Even though the last cavalry carbine of the U.S. Army was the M1899 Krag-Jorgensen, the U.S. Cavalry didn’t give up on fielding its own gun until the early 1920s.
The 158th Infantry would become associated with an obscure variant of the U.S. M1903 Springfield rifle, the so-called “Bushmaster Carbine.”