Yesterday I mentioned that I love rifles chambered in 30-06 and that I was going to cover two of them today. Well, I thought I would start with the one that was made in February of 1918.
The rifle in the photo is my personal M1917. Built by Eddystone in 1918, she still shoots as good today as the day she was issued. At the beginning of the first World War, the US military did not have enough rifles to issue to troops. At the time, the M1903 Springfield was the main service rifle of the US military, though there were many Krag Jorgensen rifles still in service as well. To fill the gap, the US military hired Remington and Winchester to build more rifles for the war effort. Both Remington and Winchester had just finished building P14 rifles for the british. Instead of taking the time to retool to build more 1903s, they rechambered the P14 Enfield rifle to 30-06, and the M1917 was born. This is why the rifle is often called a 1917 Enfield.
In all, over 2 million of these rifles were built by Winchester, Remington and the Remington Eddystone Arsenal. Even though it is close to 100 years old, I can imagine my grandson or great-grandson shooting this rifle. If you like old battle rifles and US history, pick yourself up a M1917. You will love it!