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Old 12-05-2018, 02:55 PM
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Default Interesting 1917

I went to a show this past weekend and came across a seller with a number of 03A4's and a 1917. The 1917 was in good shape but what caught my eye was the M-84 mounted on it. First time I have seen this pairing. I seem to remember reading of a sniper version using an A5 scope but not a M-84. Has anyone else ever ran across one like this?
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Old 12-05-2018, 05:01 PM
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No official US sniper version based on the Model 1917.
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Old 12-05-2018, 07:12 PM
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How is the scope mounted to the 1917?

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Old 12-06-2018, 11:01 AM
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I'd say that it was either something really, really rare and esoteric or a "home brew" rifle. What did the seller say?
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:45 AM
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I went to a show this past weekend and came across a seller with a number of 03A4's and a 1917. The 1917 was in good shape but what caught my eye was the M-84 mounted on it. First time I have seen this pairing. I seem to remember reading of a sniper version using an A5 scope but not a M-84. Has anyone else ever ran across one like this?
As of right now there is no evidence that any 1917 ever was built as a sniper, other than the one made by WRA. Which it seems only a few were built. But they didn't fit the A5 to them. They fit the new WRA scope that was based on the Goerz design, that Frankford Arsenal had copied in 1916/17.

I know some 1917 snipers show up in books, but in the actual documents so far, there isn't any evidence they were ever built by the military. What is likely is they had scopes mounted in the civilian world as 1917's were sold to members of the NRA starting in 1919.

This is the WRA Model of 1918 Sniper.


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Old 12-06-2018, 11:47 AM
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How is the scope mounted to the 1917?
This is how the official sniper was mounted. The one above sounds like something someone built.


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Old 12-06-2018, 01:15 PM
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The seller said he purchased it as part of a multiple gun purchase, all the information he had.
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:09 PM
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Target shooting was really popular.

I have a 1903 that had the scope setup on the barrel (right spacing for one of the variations). Its a 1920 and came into family possession sometime in the late 20s or early 30s.

No reason not to do the same with a 1917.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:28 PM
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that's a good looking beast!
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