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FEATURE // VINTAGE RIFLE
The stock and handguard are oil finished and almost perfectly match each other in grain and color. The stock shows considerable figure for a military rifle. There is a significant wood-to-metal gap where the stock is inlet for the receiver tang. While at first blush appearing to be a manufacturing error, it is, in fact, true to the 1908 specification intended to prevent the wood at this point eventually splitting from recoil. The CMP Springfield matches are shot at either 100 or 200 yards. Because of these short distances and the rifle’s intended purpose—only for shooting the CMP matches, accuracy testing consisted of utilizing the 03A3’s iron sights to shoot groups at 100 yards on NRA SR-1 targets, the same as those used in 100-yard competition. I shot surplus Greek M2 Ball from CMP, and new production Hornady Match .30-06 M1 Garand 168 gr A-MAX ammunition (see sidebar). I first shot the surplus M2 Ball to check function and zero and to establish an accuracy baseline before dipping into the match grade stuff. Wind gusted about 10 mph from six o’clock. I shot seated at a concrete bench with sandbags under the fore end and rifle butt. The two-stage trigger breaks at precisely 4.5 pounds (match rule minimum). The rear sight adjustment is very coarse (it’s a combat sight, not a match sight) and there are only 12 elevation clicks between the 100 and 800 yard settings. At 100 yards, the M2 Ball zeroed at the 200 yard setting, and the Hornadys at the 150 yard setting. Both had center windage. There are, supposedly, four MOA between each of the windage hash marks. But again, this is not a match quality sight, so honestly, each click of the windage knob moves bullet impact about an inch. Four clicks gets you more or less to the next hash mark. Once I make up a handload for this rifle, I’ll have to carefully

The wood-to-metal gap at the tang is a 1908 Army specification to prevent the wood from splitting under recoil.

(Below and r.) Those used to match sights will find the 03A3 rear sight adjustments coarse, but the “as-issued” rule for CMP VMR matches levels the playing field.

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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Shooting Sports USA - March 2012

Shooting Sports USA - March 2012
Competitor’s Corner
Shooter’s News
Product Focus
Book Reviews
Score Sheets
The VMR Match Springfield Rifle
James River Armory
The Quiet Explosion of Gun Television
A Page From History
Coming Events
Member Info/Classified Ads
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Shooting Sports USA - March 2012
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 2
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Competitor’s Corner
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 6
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 7
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Shooter’s News
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Product Focus
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Book Reviews
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 11
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Score Sheets
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 13
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 15
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - The VMR Match Springfield Rifle
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - James River Armory
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - The Quiet Explosion of Gun Television
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - 29
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - A Page From History
Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Coming Events
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Shooting Sports USA - March 2012 - Member Info/Classified Ads
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