MANUAL, M1917 US Enfield Manual WWI, WWII, WW1

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 26, 2006
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New reprint of the October 8, 1917 Ordnance Department publication "DESCRIPTION AND RULES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE UNITED STATES RIFLE MODEL OF 1917".

Comprehensive and complete. This was the manual intended for Ordnance Maintenance personnel and individual soldiers and NCOs. The US M1917 was a venerable rifle pressed into US service in two world wars.

The US Model 1917 rifle was the development of expediency... From 1914 to 1917 a Mauser type bolt action rifle was devloped and put into production for the British government by Remington and Winchester at three US facilities -Remington, Eddystone (an old locomotive works owned by Remington) and Winchester. These were known as the Pattern 1914 rifle and were chambered in .303 British. Production at these facilities grew to tens of thousands of rifles a month under large British contracts as the British were desperately short of rifles.

As the US entered the war in 1917- US Model 1903 rifle production was grinding at a small fraction of that number at Springfield Armory and Rock Island Armory. Rather than convert the Remington and Winchester works over to produce the US Model 1903 rifle, the decision was made to adapt the Pattern 1914 British rifle design already in production at high volume over to 30-06 caliber for US service. The bore and chamber and magazine dimensions were changed and the resulting rifle became the 'US Model 1917'.

Model 1917 production approached 2.5 million units and it was the rifle most used by General Pershings American Expeditionary Force in WWI. The 2.5 million Model 1917 rifles were then put into storage afterWWI and then reissued again in WWII.

The Model 1917 was robust and accurate and well liked by the troops. Model 1917 rifles were mostly issued to US Combat Engineers and Military Police in WWII and landed with the engineers on D-Day in 1944. Model 1917 were also used to equip British "Home Guard" units from 1942 through 1945 as well as some Canadian units. These rifles were usually marked with a red paint stripe to differentiate them from the similar Pattern 1914 rifles in Commonwealth service. These 'lend lease" rifles may or may not bear British proofs.

This manual covers inventory, parts, breaking down the rifle, assembly and disassembly, operation and functioning, stoppages and immediate acrtion, cleaning and maintenance procedures, ammunition issued with the rifle, covers all the accessories and bayonets. 62 pages. Index. Numerous illustrations. Everything you need to know about your US Model 1917 "Enfield" rifle. This is the Ordnance Manual which was issued to every Ordnance maintence and repair specialist who worked on the M1917 series rifle. This covers everything you will ever need to know regarding the technical operation of your M1917 rifle.

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