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US Bolt Action Rifles In WW II

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Feb 25, 2020 - 8:22 PM
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1296 posts since 7/14/2004

At the link is a short and interesting clip ( 9 min) on the use of bolt action rifles in WW 2. It seems the models 1903 and 1917 were used extensively  until late in the war in the Pacific, Europe and Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFWglS6tDhc

Feb 26, 2020 - 5:39:36 AM
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wizofos

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5397 posts since 8/19/2012

Dad landed on 'the Canal' with a specialized 03-A3. The scout snipers had special match grade 03's with a 24x unertl scope. Good story below that coincides with his stories and recollection.  He was not a fan of the Garand because it ejected the brass upward instead of to the side so the scope had to be mounted to the side not on top.  When he got back from Iwo Jima they did not have a need for scout snipers in San Francisco so they made him the coach of the Woman Marines West Coast Rifle team where he met Mom.

https://usmcweaponry.com/usmc-national-match-m1903s-m1903a1-unertl-sniper-rifle/

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:43:04 AM

1296 posts since 7/14/2004

The editor, Mr. Morgan was in error when he stated that the 1917 Enfield was made by Smith-Corona. Enfields were made by Remington, Winchester and Eddystone.

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:30:11 AM

8thpol

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5459 posts since 3/3/2005

Savage also made some Enfields SMLE(Short mag Lee Enfield)

Feb 27, 2020 - 1:04:07 PM
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rinemb

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11991 posts since 5/24/2005

My dad trained on the A303 and garand, but all he got to shoot were Anti aircraft stuff on a battleship.
In homage to him I bought one of each.
The A303 was cut for the Pederson device, that was designed to easily convert it to a semi-automatic taking a 30 round clip of 30-cal pistol ammo. They made but WWI ended and the gov destroyed most of the devices. I do not have the pederson device.

Brad


 

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:44:06 AM

2228 posts since 7/20/2004

My dad was also trained on the Springfield and and the Garand, as well as the M1 Carbine during WWII. As a non-combatant, he said he preferred the latter. The Navy was still using 03’s as drill rifles while I was in bootcamp in ‘69, but the one day we went to the range we fired M1A’s...M1s rebarrelled in .308, and one magazine from a 1911. I’ve never fired a Springfield, and only blanks from an M1 as part of an American Legion honor firing squad.

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:19:30 PM

1296 posts since 7/14/2004

At the link is a collection of photos of Navy CB's in training during WW2 with 1917 Enfield's. One thing that stands out is the age of the sailors. They look to be middle age men. Quite a contrast to the young Vietnam servicemen who were age 17 to 20. I read someplace that during WW2 the military was accepting recruits as old as 50. My dad joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 35. He was given the rank of Chief Machinist Mate as he had a skilled trade. The Military was in dire need of skilled tradesmen and they were given supervisor positions.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnavyseabeemuseum/6850847774/in/set-72157629255286642

Edited by - Sheenjack on 02/28/2020 13:20:08

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:27 PM

2144 posts since 4/5/2006

Our dad was drafted & stationed in Chyenne Wy after boot camp. We had always assumed Dad just lucked out by the war ending before they got around to shipping him out. Only in the later years of his life did we discover that since Dad was such a great shot with a rifle, they kept him state side to train the new recruits.

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:00:10 AM
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rinemb

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11991 posts since 5/24/2005

quote:
Originally posted by monstertone

Our dad was drafted & stationed in Chyenne Wy after boot camp. We had always assumed Dad just lucked out by the war ending before they got around to shipping him out. Only in the later years of his life did we discover that since Dad was such a great shot with a rifle, they kept him state side to train the new recruits.


That is why my dad ended up on a battleship shooting AA guns.  (they needed folks who could hit kamakazis) He was a top marksman in training camp.  As were many land-locked small town kids.  Brad

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