shooter among us has not, at some point, fancied himself a
nail-driving stud, a proficient marksman-an expert
shot-perchance a sniper? No matter one's ballistic
proficiency, the ability to punch holes on paper from distance can
always be improved upon with practice, match-grade ammo and a decent,
accurized bolt-action shooting iron.
the M1903 Sniper Rifle.
let's not get our terms confused.
are shooters and there are hunters.
are range rats and there are indoor-shooting enthusiasts.
there is the sniper-literally, a hunter of men-the
may wear a police uniform or military camo.
either case, the lives of his comrades-indeed, his very own
depends on one pressing factor: His ability to punch holes in the bad
guys out to distance. And unlike paper targets, crooks and terrorists
don't stand still. And they do shoot back.
the sniper employs a rifle with a telescopic sight to take out the
Springfield M1903, otherwise known as the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30,
Model 1903 was an excellent U.S. service rifle employed during World
War I. This bolt-action rifle was designed in the United States by
Springfield Armory. And it sends .30-06 slugs downrange at speeds
approaching 3,000 feet per second, through its 24-inch barrel.
a 2.5X scope, the 1903 A-4 is effective to 1800 feet (600 yards). As
its reputation for long-distance shooting grew, the Springfield
evolved into a sniper rifle.
Springfield 1903 saw service from the early 1900s to the 1950s.
was fielded in World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
1903 weighs 9 pounds and measures about 45 inches in length. It is
loaded by stripper clip and holds 5 rounds in an internal box
magazine. It comes with metal sights, but the Springfield 1903 U.S.
Army and USMC sniper versions used telescopic scopes.
1903 Springfield was a great infantry rifle that with a little work
and modification, converted into a superb sniper rifle that was both
accurate and dependable.
United States Marine Corps fielded a sniper rifle during World War II
and Korea using the M1903 Sniper Rifle, albeit with an 8X-target
scope built by American John Unertl. This .30-06 weapon was
understandably named the USMC M1903 Unertl.