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Old 11-23-2015, 09:34 PM
jgaynor jgaynor is offline
 
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In WW1 Ordnance realized the output of the government arsenals would be inadequate to meet the demand for rifles. One alternative they considered was equipping a private manufacturer to make the M1903. However they realized that the time it would take to build all of the specialized tooling, gages and fixtures would add many months possibly years of delay.
By a happy accident the Winchester, Remington and Eddystone plants which had been created for the British Pattern 14 Contracts were available. All that was necessary was a relatively minor conversion of the P14 rifle to allow it to use the Rimless .30 Caliber US cartridge and the M1917 was born.
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