US Rifle, .30 caliber, Model of 1917
Originally created to augment a shortage of infantry rifles within the British Army during the Great War, the P14 Enfield was produced by three U.S. manufacturing firms, Remington, Winchester, and Eddystone. When the United States entered the war, they too experienced a shortage of infantry rifles, and quickly adopted the already in production P14 as the Model of 1917.
The largest difference between the English P14 "American Enfield", and the M1917 is that the P14 is chambered in .303, and the M1917 is chambered in .30-06.
Stock cartouche, looks like RIA / FJ
Bolt drawn back.
Bursting bomb U.S. ordnance acceptance stamp.
Very cool flip-up rear sights. Much better than the 1903 Springfields. Note the robust protective ears formed from the rear of the receiver.
Sights folded down in the Battle-Sights position. Note the safety, and bursting bomb on the bolt handle.
Trigger guard detail.
Another view of the stampings located on the safety and bolt handle.
Well protected front sight.
This barrel, which is near pristine inside, was manufactured in February 1918.
This is a very cool old rifle, and clearly technically superior to the Springfield 1903. However, after WW1, the U.S. Army put all its M1917's in storage, or surplus, and went back to the M1903 Springfield. This appears to have been more due to politics, or pride in the U.S. designed rifle, rather than to an objective side-by-side comparison. I have to admit, while the M1917 is an excellent rifle, I still prefer the '03 for similar, purely nostalgic reasons.
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