Special Report

America's Oldest Weapons Still in Use by the Military

1. M1903 Springfield
> Year put into service: 1903
> Type: Bolt-action rifle
> Designer/original manufacturer: Springfield Armory

Like the M14, the M1903 Springfield is one of the weapons used by the Tomb Guard in a ceremonial fashion, wielded “mostly for show,” as described by the Society of the Honor Guard. The use of these two rifles, and others, in this role is owed mostly to their important roles in past wars. The M1903 was the standard military infantry rifle in WWI. Its service was continued into WWII, but it saw limited use in Korea and Vietnam.

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