by C.S. Ferris with Foreword by Scott A. Duff
The ROCK ISLAND RIFLE MODEL 1903 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, while this book is 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.
If you are interested in the study of the Rock Island Rifle Model 1903 and have been disappointed by the lack of information available, then this book is for you!
The ROCK ISLAND MODEL 1903 is 6″ x 9″ laminated soft cover, Perfect Bound, 187 pages and 121 photographs and drawings.