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1903 Mark I with Pedersen slot WWI secret

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1903 Mark I with Pedersen slot WWI secret  Guns > Rifles > Military Misc. Rifles US > 1903 Springfield/Variants
Description: White paper in receiver shows the Pedersen Slot. Hard to find in this great shooting condition. Made during the WWI period, under cover of TOP SECRET, to fire the Pedersen Device, put in place of the bolt on specially made Model 1903 Rifles, designated US Model 1903/ MARK I, because of the ejection port cut into the left hand receiver rail. The Pedersen Device fit into the Springfield Model 1903, after the standard bolt was removed. The Device had a long magazine, jutting off at an angle, to the right. The rifle, with the Device became a rapid fire, semi-automatic rifle, designed to keep the heads of the enemy down during an assault. The expended cartridge cases ejected through the special slot in the receiver rail. The Device made it into the hands of the US Army too late to get into WWI, but was kept as TOP SECRET for decades. When the Pedersen Devices were later made obsolete by the US M1 Rifle, all the devices were alledged to have been destroyed and the Springfield rifles with the " funny slot in the receiver rail" were returned to standard issue use. Many US servicemen must have wondered about why his Springfield Model 1903 had that slot. The rifle fires and functions beautifully on the range. Retains the WWI, finger groove stock. I, obvious WWII use, as the barrel is a Springfield dated 1942 barrel, making this a two wars rifle. More photos and details upon request.

Condition: Used, Minor Wear
Brand: Springfield, MASS.
Caliber: .30-06 (all)
Location: FL

Trades Accepted: No

I am an 01FFL holder.

Shipping Notes: Buyer pays $56 shipping to the lower 48 states. I am registered with California DOJ to ship into CA.

Item #: 963859736
SKU: M1903 Mark I
Stock No.: Pedersen2
Seller Since: Apr. 2006
Seller Level: Verified
This seller is an FFL
City: DeLand
State: FL

Shipping: $56.00
Accepted Payment Methods: Check Money Order
Returns: See Description

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