Military Rifles of World War I and II
The WW I and WW II Rifles can make a very neat collection. The Rifles listed in this section are retired World War I & II weapons. So read on and enjoy. If you have thoughts or research you want to share on these fine weapons feel free to email me at the email address that follows or by clicking on this link Ty@CoolGunSite.com
The Model 1903 5 shot bolt action rifle replaced the Kreg-Jorgenen rifle in 1905 and was followed by the Model M1 Garand in 1936. Originally the cartridge was the Model 1903 .30-03 but was upgraded to the Model 1906 .30-06 until the end of production. WWI production was handled by Rock Island and Springfield Arsenals with commercial manufacturers Remington Arms and Smith-Corona producing them in WW II.
Rock Island Arsenal M1903
This early production model still retains its original receiver and barrel as well as most small parts. The AAJ marking on the stock is a indication of it being overhauled at Augusta Arsenal.
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AAJ = Augusta Arsenal
Springfield Armory M1 Garand
This rifle is one of the first production M1ís produced the year before
the USA entered WWII.
(officially designated as
Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 and later simply
Caliber .30, M1, and also abbreviated as
Cal. .30, M1), was the first
to be generally issued to the
of any nation.
Called "the greatest battle implement ever devised" by General
George S. Patton,
the Garand officially replaced the
as the standard
United States Armed Forces
in 1936 and was subsequently replaced by the
in 1957. However, the M1 continued to be used in large numbers until
1963 and to a lesser degree until 1966.
The barrel, gas cylinder, and front sight assembly were redesigned and
entered production in early 1940. Existing "gas-trap" rifles were
recalled and retrofitted.
The D-35449-SA marked early numbered cylinders are correct for M1
Garands produced Jun '40 thru Aug '41, Serial numbers start at Apx
50,000 and go to Apx 300,000. Pictured below is the box it shipped
in 1989 from the Anniston Army Depot.
The D-35449-SA marked early numbered cylinders are correct for M1 Garands produced Jun '40 thru Aug '41, Serial numbers start at Apx 50,000 and go to Apx 300,000. Pictured below is the box it shipped in 1989 from the Anniston Army Depot.
All weapons on this page are from the Moore collection