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Sunday, October 11, 2009

US M1903A4

US M1903A4
Calibers: .30-06 Springfield (7.62x63mm)
Magazine: 5 round internal box magazine.
Barrel Length: 24" (610mm)
Barrel Profile: 2 Grooves, LH Twist, cut-rifled (early rifles) 4 Grooves, LH Twist, draw rifled (later rifles)
Weight: 9.38 lbs (4.34 kg)
Overall Length: 43.21" (1098mm)
Stock: Type "C" (early rifles)
"Scant" grip (later rifles)
Sights: M73B1 2.5x Telescopic site (Weaver 330C) - No Iron Sites
The M81, M82, and M84 were also used on the M1903-A4 (late WWII and Korea)
Unertl 8x (USMC M1903-A1/Unertl) - With Iron Sites
Features: Conversion to sniper rifles done by Remington Arms.

The M1903-A4 was a specifically designed sniper rifle that came as a result of early U.S. combat involvement in the Pacific. There was a high demand, that could not be filled, for telescopic (sniper) rifles. The Infantry Board and the Ordanance Department conducted an evaluation and recommended that the Weaver 2.5x 330C hunting telescope be adopted for use on M1903 and M1903-A1 rifles. The rifle was officially adopted on 14 Jan 1943 as the M1903-A4 (sniper).

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