U.S. Military Rifles of World War I
Model of 1917


The Model 1917 WW I Rifles can make for a very neat collection and represents a significant piece of military small arms history. The Rifles listed in this section are retired World War I & II weapons, if you have thoughts or research you want to share on the Model 1917 feel free to email me at Ty@CoolGunSite.com.

When the U.S. entered the war, it had an extreme need for rifles. Rather than re-tool the factories to produce the standard U.S. rifle, the M1903 Springfield, it was realized that it would be much quicker to adapt the British design for the U.S. .30-06 cartridge, for which it was well-suited. Accordingly, Remington Arms Co. altered the design for caliber .30-06, under the close supervision of the U.S. Army Ordnance Department, which was formally adopted as the U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1917.

During World War I there were 3 manufacturers of the M1917 - Winchester, Remington Arms and Eddystone. On this page you will find representative rifles made by all three manufacturers as well as close ups showing some of the finer details of the most widely used rifle of WWI.  At the cancellation of production on Nov. 9th, 1918 it was reported that 2,193,429 M1903's were produced by all 3 manufacturers (there have been several different numbers reported, as high as 2,422,529) .

Winchester M1917
Date: 1917 - S/N 10559

Total Winchester production was reported at 465,980.

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Remington Arms M1917
Date: April, 1918 - S/N 452981

This M1917 has Canadian Military cartouches on the receiver and stock. Total Remington production was reported at 647,358 acording to Remington delivery records through Feb. 8th, 1919.

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C/Arrow=Canadian Military Ownership
11FCRCE = Unknown marking

Eddystone M1917
Date: 1918 - S/N 756872

Remington-Eddystone was located in Eddystone, Pa. and total Eddystone production was reported at approximently 1,181,908 rifles.

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All weapons on this page are from the Moore collection
Last updated 01/13/2012