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locking lugs and the ability to be loaded by a charger (stripper clip), both features that were attributes of the Mauser. The stronger bolt permitted the use of a more powerful cartridge. The new rifle was initially chambered for the .30-'03 cartridge, which was followed three years later by the excellent .30-'06 Sprg. (.30 Springfield). The new round was markedly superior to its predecessor. The M1903 rifles were accompanied by the Model 1905 Bayonet, which featured a 16" blade. The bayonet was carried in the Model 1910 scabbard, which was fitted with metal hooks that secured it to the standard cartridge belt. The '03 was manufactured by the U.S. Springfield Armory and Rock Island Arsenal, and it was the standard American service rifle at the time of the Punitive Expedition. It proved its mettle in Mexico in 1916, as it would again in the brutal trench warfare of the Western Front during World War I. The venerable M1903 Springfield is widely considered to be one of the best bolt-action military rifles of this, or any other, era. U.S. Model 1903 Springfield Rifle With Warner & Swasey "Musket Sight" Some Model 1903 rifles fitted with Warner & Swasey Model 1913 "Musket Sights" were also fielded during the Punitive Expedition campaign. The Warner & Swasey sight was a rather unusual prismatic design that permitted a wide field of view as compared to more conventional telescopes. In the vernacular of the day, the telescopes were called "Musket Sights." The first pattern Model 1908 Warner & Swasey sight was fitted to some select Model 1903 rifles at Springfield Armory from 1909 to 1912. The Model 1908 was soon followed by the slightly improved Warner & Swasey Model 1913. Some M1903s with Model 1913 Warner & Swasey sights were fielded during the campaign against Villa, although some of the earlier Model U.S. MODEL OF 1903 RIFLE WITH WARNER & SWASEY MODEL 1913 "MUSKET SIGHT" Photos courtesy of James D. Julia Auctioneers, Fairfield, Maine 1908 Warner & Swasey sights are believed to have been used as well. Anecdotal evidence indicates that some '03s were additionally fitted with Maxim silencers, thus becoming the first suppressed U.S. military sniping rifles. Little has been recorded regarding the early Model 1903/Warner & Swasey sniper rifles during the Mexican campaign, but the effect of their utilization in the conflict would have been, at best, marginal. The '03 with Model 1913 Warner & Swasey Musket Sight was the standard U.S. Army sniper rifle outfit during World War I and saw widespread use by Doughboy snipers on the Western Front. But, while the AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG OCTOBER 2016 63 http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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