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The Springfield & Colt Model 1911 Hybrid: A Result Of WWI Production Issues

During World War I, production shortages and equipment shortages placed a large burden on the manufacture of arms in the United States. This included M1911 pistol production by Colt, which developed an interesting hybrid with Springfield Armory to alleviate shortages.

Forgotten U.S. Infantry Rifles Of World War I

While the M1903 and M1917 service rifles were the main rifles used by the United States, four other rifles were utilized during World War I in roles that are largely forgotten today, as explored by Jon Krisko. 

Pearl Harbor Survivors: M1903 Rifles Salvaged From U.S.S. California

When the battleship U.S.S. California was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, several M1903 rifles still in her hull were salvaged after the attack, as revealed thanks to the efforts of the Archival Research Group.

M1903A4 Development: The U.S. Army’s Search For A Sniper Rifle

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.

Springfield Armory's First Model 1903 Rifle

The authors trace the fascinating history of just one M1903, the very first, serial No. 1.

Shedding New Light on the “Air Service” Springfield M1903

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.

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