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Old 11-13-2019, 11:33 AM
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Default FBI use of the Springfield Sporter rifle.

I've been looking into weapons used by the FBI during the "motor bandit" era and discovered that the Bureau obtained a number of Springfield Sporter rifles in the early 30's. They appear to have been used as early "sniper" rifles for precise, long range work.

https://static1.squarespace.com/stat...shotguns+2.pdf

I've also seen an old inventory document listing serial numbers for rifles located in various FBI Field Offices. I've checked several of the numbers, which appear to correspond to Springfield 1903's, against SRS records and so far have not found any listed in the SRS records. A number of the FBI rifles, however, appear to be very close to Springfield Sporters listed in the SRS records.




(Credit to Larry Wack (deceased) for his work combing through FBI historical records)
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:03 PM
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. . . . .They appear to have been used as early "sniper" rifles for precise, long range work. . . . . .
“Long range work”, yet with a 20” barrel???
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:04 PM
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“Long range work”, yet with a 20” barrel???
Maybe that's a typo. Unless they were custom-built, which is certainly a possibility, NRA Sporters came with a 24-inch barrel.
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Old 11-13-2019, 02:14 PM
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“Long range work”, yet with a 20” barrel???
Yes, just like a 5.56 service rifle today in a Palma match.
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Old 11-13-2019, 03:36 PM
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Maybe that's a typo. Unless they were custom-built, which is certainly a possibility, NRA Sporters came with a 24-inch barrel.
I think that is a typo or possibly a misunderstanding of the true barrel length of a Springfield Sporter rifle.

I found a picture from a 1935 FBI firearms training class, apparently for rifles, that show agents posing with the Colt monitor rifle and Springfield Sporters all of which seem to have the standard 24" barrel.



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Old 11-13-2019, 04:26 PM
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Ah yes, the days when you could walk into a hardware store and buy a BAR!
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Old 11-13-2019, 06:12 PM
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OH MY...a BAR with a Cutts Comp.... well done. If my old eyes are calibrated thats a 24 inch Barrel.
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:11 PM
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The Colt Monitor had an 18.5" barrel and a YUGE Cutts compensator. Also note the pistol grip.

With that short barrel and compensator bet that was a loud mutha.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:12 PM
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I have a lot more docs on this. But this one was handy.

This is where they seemed to go. It's interesting to see those serials though. It gives me serial ranges to look for.

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Old 11-19-2019, 12:51 AM
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Thanks, Steve
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