Air Service 1903 Springfield: C&Rsenal vs. Forgotten Weapons

If you’re not following both C&Rsenal and Forgotten Weapons you are missing out on some of the best gun history videos around. With C&Rsenal’s current World War One focus, systematically working their way through the weapons of the Great War, and Ian’s impressively prolific output the two occasionally cover the same subjects.

Springfield M1903 Air Service (RIA)

The latest overlap came in the shape of the fantastically rare and very cool Air Service Springfield 1903, a rifle built from cut down M1903s and fitted with a 25-round magazine for the US Army Air Service fighting in France. What has historically caused some contention, however, is just what the Air Service was using the cut down 1903s for.

One school of thought suggested that they were intended to be used as survival rifles if a pilot had to crash land behind enemy lines. Another theorised they were to be issued…

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