That's an interesting comment, Mr. James K., but I suspect that '03 Springfields and M1s may have been in use at the same time in some units, at least for a while. Snipers, if there were any, probably used Springfields well after M1s were common, although speed loading was less of a necessity for a sniper. I'm not even sure a clip can be used if a scope is in place. How was that allowed for with the M1-D?
On a separate subject, I have a theory about war stories. Immediately after a war, it is the generals and other high ranking officers who write books about their war experiences. Soldiers who were mere privates and junior NCOs only get around to writing their books something like 30 or 40 years later. They also write about totally different subjects, too.
Shoot low, sheriff. They're riding Shetlands!
Underneath the starry flag, civilize 'em with a Krag,
and return us to our own beloved homes!
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