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Old 08-31-2009, 01:35 AM   #11
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OK here's a couple pics,

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Actually the Eddystone is the least popular. The Winchester is the most popular and scarce.

The Eddystone is prone to breakage when the bbl is removed. Make a releif cut before unscrewing the bbl. It is a huge action. I have seen them in 505 Gibbs and 416 Rigby. I have them in 375 Ackley, 340 wby, 458 Win and 416 Rem.

There are several excellant works written on the.M 1917 "Hatchers Notebook", "Collectors Only" has an issue devoted to the P-13, P-14, M1917.You can Google 1917 Enfield.

Alvin York probably used an '03. His Division, the 82nd, was issued the 1917. He didn't like the sights. His son said ,in an interview, that he had "acquired" an 03 and used it well during his visit to France. There seems to be no proof either way.

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Alvin York probably used an '03. His Division, the 82nd, was issued the 1917. He didn't like the sights. His son said ,in an interview, that he had "acquired" an 03 and used it well during his visit to France. There seems to be no proof either way.
That's what I've read too. But in his own diary he wrote that when his unit got to LeHarve, France, they turned in their old rifles and were issued "British" guns. Since US troops weren't actually issued British rifles, and since US troops tended to refer to the M1917 by its origin (it looked almost identical to the British P14), the consensus is that he, like most Doughboys, was armed with the M1917.

The only thing even remotely close to proof is the diary, but there is not really concrete evidence either way. I guess I have to lean toward the 1917 because historically that's what he was supposed to be carrying and its also mentioned in his diary. One would think that if he went through the trouble of writing about the 1917 he would have also taken the time to write about the lengths he would have had to go through to get an '03. But that's just my opinion.
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contrary to posters the 1903 was in very short supply and 3/4 of the troops in france had 1917s.winchester made many and edistone made a great number.edistone was run by remington.I prefer the 1917 for the sights.and it takes 6 cartridges in the mage I have hade several the DCM sold them for $7.50 in early 60s. I got two and two 1903s at $10 and $15.
the troops near the french sectors got berthiers and those near the british got SMLEs.we were not prepared for any war because of the isolationist policys.we did not have MG so we used french Hotchkiss in 8 mm lebel also the chauchat auto rifle.the best is "the lost battalion"shows the weapons.

my father was a marine in france and so were his brothers.I have an iron cross with blood on it and a picture of the german my uncle killed.
actually a nice looking young man.

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