The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Art of the Rifle: General

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old July 21, 2016, 10:38 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: July 21, 2016
Posts: 2
M1917 Rifle Issue Info?


I have just purchased a US Rifle of 1917 (Eddystone) in very good condition. I have been able to track down the manuf. date by serial number as July/1918. I am looking for any advice on finding out where is was sent after that, and what unit it was issued to. I am hoping to find out if it was shipped "Over There". I realize records from that era may be hard to come by, if they still exist. My google-fu was not strong on this one, so I'm hoping someone may be able t help.


Last edited by Sheepdog1917; July 21, 2016 at 11:39 PM.
Sheepdog1917 is offline  
Old July 22, 2016, 01:42 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: October 18, 2006
Posts: 6,686
If, and it's a huge if, the records of where particular serial numbered rifles from World War One were sent, the only place I could think they might be is the national archives, as the Ordnance Department has records there for guns and small arms in the time frame your rifle was produced and accepted into service.

I doubt very much you'll even get down to the individual unit that your rifle was eventually issued to though, the Army has never been one for that sort of record keeping and reporting.

Machine guns are awesome until you have to carry one.
Jimro is offline  
Old July 22, 2016, 05:48 PM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: July 21, 2016
Posts: 2
Thanks for the info! I'll see what I can find there.

Sheepdog1917 is offline  
Old July 24, 2016, 09:41 PM   #4
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
Posts: 23,196
Don't forget to get back to us when you learn that rifle's history .

Jim K
James K is offline  
Old July 25, 2016, 11:56 AM   #5
T. O'Heir
Senior Member
Join Date: February 13, 2002
Location: Canada
Posts: 6,133
I think the Springfield Research Service does Pattern 17's too. There is a fee involved and you will not get much. I believe the records storage warehouse was burned down years ago.
This one hasn't been updated on several years.
Spelling and grammar count!
T. O'Heir is offline  

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:02 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2016 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent:
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.05529 seconds with 9 queries