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OK Big Larry
January 13, 2015
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Hey Larry, looks like we need to bump start this forum so here goes,,,, The other day when I saw that 61 mag in the gun shop I noticed another rifle there that I have never seen before. It was a Springfield 1903, but it was chambered for the .22 long rifle not the .30-06. Now I don’t know a lot about the older military stuff, but this thing caught my eye being a .22 and all. You claim to know something about the military stuff so what is your take on this one. Did they in fact convert some 03’s to .22 for training purposes? Educate me if you can. Thanks in advance.        RRM

January 13, 2015
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“Did they in fact convert some 03’s to .22 for training purposes?”

Yes they did, and this killed the purchasing Of Winder musket Win mod 85’s in .22 , that the military was buying previously from Winchester for training, because this would better familiarize trainees with the new military choice of rifle. Britain and Canada did the same thing with their Lee Enfields , also the Germans with their Mausers

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Rat Rod Mac said

Hey Larry, looks like we need to bump start this forum so here goes,,,, The other day when I saw that 61 mag in the gun shop I noticed another rifle there that I have never seen before. It was a Springfield 1903, but it was chambered for the .22 long rifle not the .30-06. Now I don’t know a lot about the older military stuff, but this thing caught my eye being a .22 and all. You claim to know something about the military stuff so what is your take on this one. Did they in fact convert some 03’s to .22 for training purposes? Educate me if you can. Thanks in advance.        RRM

I don’t know if you are referring to the Hoffer Thompson M1903, but they are 22 short.

There also were conversions to make 03-A3’s to 22 caliber.

Mostly, the US relied on commercial rifles as they were less expensive. They did have a series of 22 rifles, the M1922, M1 22, and the M2 22. these were all Springfields and were upgraded on the same rifle, the M1922. These rifles looked like Sporters.

I would need more info to make a more suitable answer for you. Thanks, Big Larry

January 13, 2015
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Well fell’as thanks for your replies. I have never seen one before and like I said, don’t know too much about the military stuff. It did not look like a sporter though. Looked just like a normal Springfield. Even the bolt was large, like the original for the 30-06. Are they in fact rare? Are they desirable and collectable? Thanks again.      RRM

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Very highly collectable. More so in original configuration. The older M1922 can bring thousands of $$$. They only made 2,020 of them. Big Larry

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If I didn’t love Winchester’s, or I had unlimited finances, I would be collecting military 22s. In fact the first pistol I ever bought was a Beretta 70 with provenance of being an Israeli Mossad issued weapon. The Beretta 70 was also used by the early Israeli Sky Marshals. Wish I still had it.
Back to Winchesters. how many models of Win 22 cal guns were used as military training weapons?

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Off the top of my head;

Model 1885 Winder Musket
Model 1890
Model 1903
Model 52
Model 75

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