Small Arms of WWI Primer 028: U.S. Rifle Model of 1917
Small Arms of WWI Primer 028: U.S. Rifle Model of 1917
Othais and Mae delve into the story of this WWI classic. Complete with history, function, and live fire demonstration.
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Capacity: 6 rnds
weight: 9.2 lbs
The US Enfield
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Dont know who made the statement, but it was said that, "the Germans brought a hunting rifle to the war, the US brought a target rifle, and the Brits brought a battle rifle". M1917 most issued US rifle in WW1, by a ratio of about 3 to 1, and none other than Alvin York used one during his heroic deed. He actually says, in his autobiography, that he had a "Remington"
It’s an awesome weapon! I wanted one but unable to find one. So settled for 03 Peterson edition.
M1917 Enfield > Springfield 1903. Sorry, not sorry.
Hmm, nice looking rifle. Cheers!
My grandfather was in the Engineers in the 79th Division. The division did rather poorly in its first battle., worse than units around it. They did a study after the war and found that there was a serious flaw in the training. Rather than having a separate basic training, apparently the new divisions were trained as units. A draftee came in and on a set date they did rifle training. Then, as the division filled out some of the original soldiers were transferred to new companies as junior NCOs. Their replacements had not gone through rifle training, BUT the company had. At some point, it appears there was a second round of rifle training nut that was it. There was continual personnel turmoil even after the Division reached France, with some trained men being transferred out of the division entirely. Remember that on the paper work, the company was trained, hut the companies that were in fact best trained were most at risk for losing those trained personnel to plus up new units. There may have been some ad hoc training in France, but it sounds like there were some men who had not trained at all on the rifle, and many of the others had not fired it for months. As a result broad sides of barns were in little danger In reading the report, I can see the seeds of the modern training program.
BTW The divisional history notes that while they were training at Ft Meade, there was nationwide shortage of toilet paper. The men were issued four sheets a day. "One to scrape, two to wipe, and one to polish" As a farmer from PA Dutch country, my grandfather may have need training here.. My mother , born after the war, was raised using corn cobs, which she reported were effective and "surprisingly soft."
Sexy, cock on close Mauser with great aperture rear sight and protected front sight, magnifique.
Just brought my own in Alaska, 1200 but in fantastic condition, plus a few stripper clips.
I have a sporterized Winchester of 1917. The bolt has somehow disappeared. I found a couple of bare bolts, one Winchester and one Eddystone. I also found and purchased an Eddystone complete bolt. Will this Eddystone bolt work in a Winchester?
paid 25 bucks for mine, it was disassembled in a 5 gallon bucket. the stock was broken and several parts had been lost by the previous idiot., who also had used a steel brush or something to scrub the barrel and removed all the blue, so there was some light surface rust. I rebuilt it and had to use an aftermarket stock but for a 100+ year old rifle she’s incredibly accurate and very fun to shoot. total the gun cost me about 150 bucks to restore to a functioning battle rifle.
HOLY F***!! An obrez M1917?! YIKES!! cans we spell EXTREME muzzle blast?!
I don’t know… geckos. How about geckos, today?
Philippines paid cash for M1917s, they were not "given out". This was part of Philippine Army creation by Douglas Mac Arthur.
I made a mistake and got one from the recent royal tiger imports. Other than knowing that I’ll be saving a 1917 for history sake, A really dumb decision on my part. That Company is as bad as everyone says it is.
I got one yesterday. This video is so helpful, especially with disassembly.
I just purchased one of these for 1500 and I cant wait to shoot it but its challenging to find m1 30-06 ammo at the moment
Fascinating detail. Thank you.
I can see why doughboys preferred the 1903 over this rifle after owning both. It would have been interesting to see what could have been had the sighting system from the a3 model been adopted earlier.
I don’t understand why it is almost never mentioned that it is impossible to use peep sight in dark conditions and that even if you can’t see open sights in the night you still can align the barrel over it. Yeah, and try to clean that aperture if it gets dirt!
Seriously? I dont think any of us have still recovered from Maeversation’s air guitar … Rock On! Merica!
HATE the sights on my 1917’s — can’t get a good cheekweld.
The Americans taught the British how to use a rifle in 1776, and in 1916 the British showed the Americans how to build one.
"It’s an American cartridge and I’m an American girl." American Girl Dolls, take note. We need a Mae doll. :p
The father of the "30 Remington Express." Good use for overrun parts.
Will the Remington 1917 30-06 accept 308 Ammo with out jamming ?
why is her right thumb beside the stock instead of over the pistol grip (such as it is on an enfield pattern rifle)?
It’s the best bolt action ever made imho.
If you run out of ammo you can disassemble the bolt and shoot an enemy in they eye with the firing pin. LOOL I have 2 sporterized Enfield’s that I’ve worked on myself many times and had the bolts apart dozens of times adding cocks on opening and speed lock parts and am very familiar with the challenge they are to disassemble. I use a strong loop of nylon cord to pull on the cocking piece. The rifles I have already had the "ears" ground off the receivers and were really rough looking when I bought them but I’ve had them rebarrelled by a gunsmith and replaced the stocks and glass bedded them and did all other work myself and they are my favorite rifles. I would never destroy a mil spec rifle but if you can find one already sporterized and in need of some fixing up they are a great project that you will be proud to own. Boyds gunstocks still makes 3 different models to fit the p14 and 1917’s. I have a classic model on my military light barrel gun and a target model and a heavy bull Shilen match grade barrel on the other. Thanks for all the great videos. Mae restores my hope that there are still women out there worth marrying. LOL You guys are great and an American treasure. Keep up the great work.
I want to see all the footage of these being made!
"Spoon!" "Not in the face"
The manual indicates to use a string in the bolt hook to remove the cocking piece.
Wow, I cant believe this rifle only weighed 4.17 grams. (Dont believe me, look at the lightbox info)
I have an eddystone 79000 range that was used for local military funerals after ww2 for local soldiers killed and brought back after war! My dad was one who carries the one I have! He says there was 12 of them back then I know where 1 remington is but the others are lost!!! It’s a beast,
Il miglior fucile della prima guerra, a mio parere.
Interesting that this piece of US military hardware is still in active duty use in Greenland, with the the Sirius Dog Sled patrol. Still in .30-06 US, along with the G20 10mm Glock sidearm, and the Colt M4A1 for smaller two legged critters. I prefer my 1917 over several f the bolt action rifles because of its’ 7rd capacity. Even with a 12-17 manufacture date, it still prints all 7 at under 1.5" at 150yds dead center with 150,160 and 180 FMJ and SPBT.
Good Old America
I’ve seen some 1903’s with the semi grip but also the buffington sight (so not an A3). Can someone explain that?
My dad served in the USN from 1950-1953. He did his small arms traing/qualification with a US Enfield rifle.
I own one.
Came all the way from my great Grandfather.
Not sure how it got to Africa.
Been in my family for over 100 years.
Shot well over a thousand head of game with it.
Besides the Model 30 I think the Model 720 and 725 were based on the M1917. Correct me if I am mistaken.
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This rifle is one of the greatest rifles ever produced, I have several military surplus rifles from WW1 and this is simply the best of them
Great rifle, I own two of them. And if I may say, Miss Mae is easy on the eyes, too.
Went CMP for an 03, fell in love with 1917. Had to bring both home..
Bardzo fajny karabin Panie szanowny i co pokazujecie na Waszym kanale ale przy rozbieraniu iglicy wykrzywił ją Pan . Może kolba od karabinku Mauser by pomogła przy rozbieraniu iglicy . Serdecznie pozdrawiam Was z Poland .