Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Working Rifles

A .30- 06 on an 03 A3 Springfield action (lower) and a modern Euro- style Czech Mauser .223. Any of you scholars know why the Springfield has a military trigger guard but a blind magazine?


Noel said...

That's an '03A3 variant of the Springfield - the later model, cheaper to build, with a one-piece stamped steel trigger guard and "floorplate". Remington got the contract to build them in wartime and made the modifications to manufacture them cheaper and faster than the milled steel guard and hinged floorplate of the older 1903 model. Check the barrel - it might only have two grooves. Same reason.

Steve Bodio said...

Thanks Noel- I knew it was Remington- made, but did not know this.

Chas Clifton said...

Or you can have a 1903 Springfield like mine, which was re-barreled in 1943 and shows a mixture of parts from different sources, such as the original straight-wristed stock with the stamped Remington trigger guard.