Rock Island 1903 and United States 1917 Bundle (2 Books)
This bundle includes two great books:
Rock Island Rifle Model 1903
by C.S. Ferris with Foreword by Scott A. Duff
United States Rifle Model of 1917
by Mark G. Goodwin with Foreword by Scott A. Duff
The ROCK ISLAND RIFLE MODEL 1903 By C.S. Ferris with Foreword by Scott A. Duff provides both the beginning and advanced collector of the Rock Island Arsenal Model 1903 rifle with a depth of information heretofore unavailable. The standard reference works on the M1903 include little detailed information specific to the R.I.A. ’03, this is the ONLY book devoted solely to the Rock Island Arsenal Model 1903 rifle.
Throughout its lengthy history, the Rock Island Arsenal produced a myriad of military equipment, but only one firearm, the Model 1903 rifle. This book examines, in depth, all aspects of this most interesting ’03 variant. In order to identify the differences between the Rock Island and Springfield ’03 rifles, details on both are examined. Therefore, the Springfield ’03 collector will also derive benefit from this book.
Chapters are devoted to the history of Rock Island Arsenal, its first M1903 rifle production period (1904-1913), early alterations, its second rifle production period (World War I), post-War events, barrel date/serial number correlation, production numbers, the 1919 National Match rifles, final inspectors (cartouches), bayonets, scabbards, slings, marksmanship badges, and the Rock Island Arsenal Museum.
The UNITED STATES RIFLE MODEL OF 1917 by Mark G. Goodwin with foreword by Scott A. Duff provides both the beginning and advanced collector of the Model 1917 rifle with a depth of information heretofore unavailable.
The very existence of the Model 1917 rifle was almost accidental. When America entered World War One it had but 600,000 Model 1903 rifles with which to arm a growing military. Government armories were unable to supply the additional millions of rifles required. Because three American firms were already making rifles for Britain it was possible that an American version of the British Pattern 14 rifle could be produced quickly in significant numbers. It saved the day generations ago, but is little understood as a collectable military item or in historic significance.
The purpose of this book is to inform the collector of details to be expected of an original, or “correct”, Model 1917 rifle. Such details include finish, dates of manufacture and serial number correlation, manufacturer and inspection markings, rebuild marks, and differences in parts between the three manufacturers: Winchester, Remington, and Eddystone. The accoutrements chapter includes information on bayonets and scabbards, slings, grenade launchers, cleaning equipment, and much more. Additionally, this book provides a historic background leading up to manufacture of the rifle. Total quantities of rifles made by each manufacturer are given, as are dates of first shipment to the Government and dates of last manufacture. Finally, the rifle’s use after World War One by the U.S. and several foreign countries is addressed.
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