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Our British-American Service Rifle
Jul 30th, 2018 at 3:13am
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The U.S. Model of 1917 has been getting a lot of press lately, including on this forum. I just received my NRA's "American Rifleman" magazine and it has an article of this rifle in it, also. Below is an article from Popular Mechanics in it's March 1918 issue. It is interesting to read these two articles that are 100 years apart.

My Dad bought a sporterized version of this rifle through the mail some time before the Gun Control Act Of 1968, either from Sears or Montgomery Wards. He doesn't remember, but I have found old advertisements of this rifle only from Sears (endorsedĀ  by Ted Williams). It was Dad's deer hunting rifle into the 1990's when he stopped hunting. A few years back I reconditioned his rifle. The butt pad was dry rotted and the sprayed on finish was in bad shape and getting cloudy. Otherwise it got tore down and cleaned. A brass skeleton pistol grip cap was added. When I gave it back to him he insisted that I keep it. We went back and forth. I finally kept it as that is what he wanted.

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Re: Our British-American Service Rifle
Reply #1 - Jul 31st, 2018 at 2:50am
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Great story about your Dad and nice find on the article Knute.
  
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Reply #2 - Jul 31st, 2018 at 3:17am
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How about a model 1937 "Krenfield" ?!?!

Bannerman descendents married Krag, Enfield, and Springfield surplus parts into this dubious arm.

A real beauty, Eh!
  
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Reply #3 - Jul 31st, 2018 at 10:59am
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What Springfield parts were used? I there a full length photo?
  
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Reply #4 - Jul 31st, 2018 at 11:53am
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The receiver, barrel/rear-sight collar, and bolt-collar are Springfield.

Safety and rear-sight are Krag.

Bolt, Striker, stock and front-sight are Enfield.
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Reply #5 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 3:17pm
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The "Popular Mechanics" article mentions 1914 Enfield and U.S. Rifle - Model of 1917 production by Remington, Winchester, and Midvale.

"Midvale" is reference to the Eddystone, Pa. plant. This facility was housed in buildings located on the Baldwin Site and built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

AnĀ  arrangement was made between a new Corporation, Remington Arms of Delaware, and Baldwin Locomotive. Remington leased, equipped and staffed the new structures, which would revert to the Locomotive Works, after war production of the 'Enfield' rifles.

Eventually, Remington Arms of Delaware was sold and absorbed by the Midvale Steel & Ordnance Company, in January 1918.

The Eddystone Plant had a work force of over 15,000 and after April, 1918, 3,000 Women would come to be employed there.

The Remington Plant at Illion, N.Y., also provided significant '1914 & 1917 Enfield Rifle' production. The Remington Arms Bridgeport Plant manufactured munitions.

Attached: Eddystone rifle Plant, Baldwin Locomotive complex at Eddystone (Arms Plant 'circled'), Female Eddystone Worker, workers at Remington Ilion, N.Y. Plant and Remington/UMC canal facility at Ithaca.
  
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Reply #6 - Aug 1st, 2018 at 3:28pm
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Here is a neat photo of U.S. Model of 1917 rifles being refurbished at the Springfield Armory Hill Shops in 1928.
  
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