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Springfield 1903
United States Rifle, Caliber .30-06, Model 1903
Springfield 1903
General Historical Information
Place of origin USA
Designer Springfield Armory
Manufacturer Remington Arms
Smith-Corona Typewriter
Produced In 1903–1974
Type Bolt action rifle
Effective range 400 m (iron sight)
Rate of Fire 10–15 rounds/min
Magazine 5 rounds
Ammunition .30-06 Springfield (7.62×63mm)
General Ingame Information
Used by USA
Scope M73 Weaver telescopic sigth
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The M1903 Springfield rifle was an American magazine fed bolt action rifle with a 5 round clip.

This rifle was introduced in 1903, with its design heavily influenced by mauser rifles encountered during the spanish american war. The rifle saw widespread use in the First World War, and would remain a staple of US forces through World War Two, up until the Korean War.

Highly regarded for both its accuracy and reliability, the m1903 was pressed into service as a sniper rifle, especially as its frontline use was eclipsed by the more modern Semi-automatic M1 Garand. None the less the M1903 remained a formidible weapon in the hands of a skilled marksman.

Springfield M1903A4Edit

Springfield M1903A4
Springfield 1903 Sniper
General Historical Information
Place of origin USA
Type Bolt action rifle
Effective range 400 m (iron sight)
Magazine 5 rounds
Ammunition .30-06 Springfield (7.62×63mm)
General Ingame Information
Used by USA
Scope M84 Telescopic sigth
(2x2 Scope)
SpringfieldM1903A4real


The M1903A4 was the U.S. Army's first attempt at a standardized sniper weapon. M1903A3 actions were fitted with a different stock and a Weaver Model 330 or 330C 2.2x telescopic sight in Redfield Jr. mounts; the front and rear iron sights were removed. Barrel specifications were unchanged, and many M1903A4s were equipped with the two-groove 'war emergency' barrel. By all accounts, the M1903A4 was inadequate as a sniper rifle. The Weaver scopes (later standardized as the M73 and M73B1) were not only low-powered in magnification, they were not waterproofed, and frequently fogged over or became waterlogged during humidity changes. When this occurred, the M1904A4's lack of open front or rear sights rendered the weapon useless. Normally used with ordinary M2 ammunition with a 152-grain flat-base bullet, accuracy of the M1903A4 was generally disappointing; some Army snipers who came across Japanese or German sniper rifles quickly adopted the enemy weapons in place of the Springfield. The Marine Corps declined to issue the M1903A4, favoring instead a modified M1903A1 rifle fitted with a Unertl 8x target-type telescopic sight. Many other telescopic sights are also used on this weapon and on the M1 Garand. Like our telescopic sight on the Springfield, the M84 Telescopic sight. This 2.2x scope was the successor of the M81 and M82. Produced by the ibby-Owens-Ford, it went to late in service to have a great impact; April 1945. However, the scope will have a great succes during the Korean War where both the Springfield as wel as the M1 Garand.


Gewehr 249(a)Edit

Gewehr 249(a)
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General Historical Information
Place of origin USA
Designer Springfield Armory
Manufacturer Remington Arms
Smith-Corona Typewriter
Produced In 1903–1974
Type Bolt action rifle
Effective range 400 m (iron sight)
Rate of Fire 10–15 rounds/min
Magazine 5 rounds
Ammunition .30-06 Springfield (7.62×63mm)
General Ingame Information
Used by Germany(1943-45)
Scope M73 Weaver telescopic sigth
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Also the Germans use the Springfield 03 as the Gewehr 249(a)'. Those are weapons captured in North-Africa as well in Italy and less on Normandy. 
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