U.S. Military Rifles of World War I and II
Model of 1903 and M 1 Garand


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.
Manufacturer of 1903 Years Total Production
Rock Island Arsenal 1903-19 346,000
Springfield Arsenal 1903-39 1,340,000
Remington Arms 1942-43 1,084,079
Smith-Corona 1943-44 234,000


Rock Island Arsenal M1903
Date: April, 1918 - S/N 283595

 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
Circle/P=Proof

Springfield Armory M1 Garand
Date: April, 1940 - S/N 39203

This rifle is one of the first production M1ís produced the year before the USA entered WWII. The M1 Garand (officially designated as United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1 and later simply Rifle, Caliber .30, M1, and also abbreviated as US Rifle, Cal. .30, M1), was the first semi-automatic rifle to be generally issued to the infantry of any nation. Called "the greatest battle implement ever devised" by General George S. Patton, the Garand officially replaced the bolt-action M1903 Springfield as the standard service rifle of the United States Armed Forces in 1936 and was subsequently replaced by the selective fire M14 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.


All weapons on this page are from the Moore collection
Last updated 12/20/2011