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A Collector's Guide to the '03 Springfield Paperback – June 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0917218408 ISBN-10: 091721840X Edition: First Edition

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Great source of knowledge. Mr. Canfield has taken us through the exciting 100+ years of a truly magnificent rifle. -- Garnett Stancel, June 1. 2005

Tremendous information for the collector/student of military history...more of a complete reference than just an illustrated guide. -- The Gun Report, September 1, 2005
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Andrew Mowbray Pub; First Edition edition (June 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091721840X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0917218408
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Frank A. Ray on August 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a fast and easy read, and much more enjoyable than the more "authoritative" texts on the subject, such as Lt. Col. Brophy's volume. Canfield narrows his focus to only the 1903 variants that actually served in training and combat in the US armed forces. This narrower view allows him to cover the subject in 160 pages.
Canfield takes you step-by-step through the evolution of the Model 1903, with good close-up photographs showing design changes alongside of earlier or later models for comparison purposes.
There's a lot of great history in this book as well, with many excellent photographs of the 1903 in action, from World War One to the Korean War. Canfield includes a wonderful story about the demise of the early "rod bayonet" after President Theodore Roosevelt demonstrated its ineffectiveness by snapping it in two with one blow from his Krag rifle bayonet.
This is a great book for the entry-level collector, for the war history buff, or even someone who wants to find out more about that "old Springfield rifle" that was inherited from Father or Grandfather.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kennedy on July 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
I liked this book in that it gave me a basic knowledge of the M1903 rifle - that's what I was looking for. It didn't go as deep as Scott Duff did in his books on the Garand, but still a good beginner's book. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on January 19, 2012
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If you care to own a piece of military history like the 03, you must understand the history of the Model 1903...the rifle that made the .30-06 Springfield rifle cartridge a household name.
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By G. Brown on July 31, 2014
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Good for documenting the one we own.
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