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The Springfield 1903 Rifles (The Illustrated, Documented Story of the Design, Development, and Production of all the Models of Appendages, and Accessories) Hardcover – May 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 616 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (May 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811708721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811708722
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative and a lot of great information.
"gfcrifleman"
The book is filled with innumerable photos, drawings, and original schematics.
K. Hughes
I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in this rifle.
Frank J. Ficocello

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence on May 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
COLONEL BROPHY'S BOOK IS "THE" GUIDE FOR THE COLLECTOR OF THE MODEL 1903 SPRINGFIELD AND ITS VARIATIONS. COVERING THE RIFLE'S DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION PROGRESSION...THIS BOOK CLEARLY IDENTIFIES WHY THE RIFLE WAS DEVELOPED, HOW IT WAS DEVELOPED AND PRODUCTION MEANS AND METHODS. FOR A HISTORY BUFF, ARMS COLLECTOR, OR A PERSON WHO FOLLOWS DESIGN TECHNOLOGY. IT ALSO ILLUSTRATES HOW THE GUN WAS DISTRIBUTED TO THE ARMED FORCES BEFORE WWI, USED IN WAR, LATER SOLD ON THE CIVIL MARKET AND RETURNED TO PRODUCTION FOR USE THE WWII. OF SINGULAR INTEREST TO PEOPLE WHO WOULD BUY THIS BOOK IS THAT: IN AN ARTICULATE MANNER THE TEXT DESCRIBES ISSUES THAT WOULD BE NECCESSARY TO DECERN THE HISTORICAL VALUE OR "COLLECTABILITY" OF THIS RIFLES
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence L. Stewart on November 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Many books have been written about the U.S. M1903 Springfield Rifle, and this one is the very best, bar none. It gets down into the technical and minutiae without becoming a bore, and has enough of life inserted to make it readable. If you need a textbook on the M1903, this is The Book to own. now I have to consider disposing of several books I have purchased, as they are no longer needed>
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "gfcrifleman" on January 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Have a lot of springfield books, but this one is by far the best.
I don't know why I didn't buy it earlier. Very informative and a lot of great information.
If you like springfield 03's you need this book. A little expensive, but worth it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fred Simmons on November 28, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book contains a huge amount of very detailed information. It is relatively expensive, but it contains enough information for two books. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the M1903 Springfield.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John M. Lane on October 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The first center-fire rifle I ever shot was a Springfield '03/A3 my Dad got from the Division of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM) during the late 1940s. I got my first antelope with that rifle and I still have it.

Dad said that it was a replacement for an older M 1903 he'd sent back to the National Rifle Association in response to an appeal from them for the return of World War I surplus '03 Springfields. Our good friends the British, it seems, were in a spot of trouble after Dunkirk and desperately needed small arms like Dad's. Although we're more German than English, he reluctantly sent it back with the understanding that it would be returned "after the war."

Of course he never got it back which triggered mumbled complaints about "Perfidious Albion", but I found pictures of the same type of rifle and its complete history in this excellent reference book by Colonel Brophy. I also found everything I needed to know about the M 1903/A3 which still enjoys a place of honor here and still goes out with me from time to time.

Brophy's book is the starting point for the study of the Springfield '03 rifle. You simply cannot find a better, more accurate, more comprehensive book about '03 Springfields. If you have such a rifle, or are interested in them, you will need this book.

I gave it five stars because it is well illustrated, exhaustively researched and the best single book on the '03 Springfield you will ever see. This is also the kind of book that tends to cost an arm and a leg once supplies of it have dried up. Collectors like me pass them down to their sons along witht the rifles they describe so well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Em on November 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many reference works in your field of interest. I bought this book as I had very little information on the Springfield rifles. This is one of the most comprehensive single subject books that I've come across and I'm very happy to have it on my shelves. It gives a very full rundown on the history of the rifle, all the various versions, the accessories and users. Its lavishly illustrated, well written, well laid out and it comes in a proper binding that makes it a pleasure to use.

I can't speak too highly about this volume and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in military firearms.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Admiral Darlan on December 13, 2010
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If you're a collector of books and a serious collector of small arms this book is great. If you are trying to find details of a specific version of the 1903 Springfield rifle this isn't the book for you. Not enough specifics about the versions of the '03 that most people would happen to own. It is an excellent reference for the why's and how's of the rifle's existance but again, not enough about the myriad of versions and variations that came from the three major manufacturers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terry B. Carr on July 17, 2007
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The book is really great, with a lot of work evidently put in on it. I would consider it a must for any serious collector's library. However, be forewarned, all of the photos are in black and white, and some are too dark to reveal the detail you would like to see for identification purposes. Having that been said, I still would want it as a part of my reference library, if not, but for the devotion that Lt. Col. Brophy put into it.
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