U.S. Model of 1917 Enfield

 U.S. Model of 1917 Enfield

The U.S. Model of 1917 Enfield was the substitute rifle of the United States in World War I when not enough 1903 Springfields were available. It is essentially the same as the Pattern 14 rifle (the P14 Enfield) manufactured for England and chambered for .303 British, but with minor changes to accommodate the rimless American service ammunition. NRA published information indicates a total production of about 2,200,000 Model 1917 rifles produced by Remington, Eddystone, and Winchester.
Individual M17 Enfields are still frequently offered at gun shows and in trade publications, but this rifle has not been generally available on the retail surplus market for some several years. Two years ago the CMP sold a small quanity of these rifles in functional condition, but those sold quickly. The M17's now available from CMP are "drill rifle turn-in's" which are not going to make competitive shoters; indeed, they do not even have bolts. Interested readers should check the CMP website daily for information. M17 Enfields rifles in good condition can produce very respectable scores.
The M17 fires the US .30-'06 Springfield (aka .30-'06 Govt.) cartridge. Ammunition loaded for the 1903/1903A3 Springfield or for the later M1 Garand may be fired safely in any 1917 in good condition. Components for reloading are available from all major manufacturers, or will be if the shortage ever ends.

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