What the Springfield 1903 could have been, might have been, but never became.
“It began in the late summer of 1917 when Mr. John D. Pedersen … walked into Ordance chief Crozier’s office and offered him the chance to see something truly amazing. … Producing a Springfield, Pedersen squeezed off a few shots in the regular manner, and then (in the words of Major Hatcher, an ordnance expert) ‘suddenly jerked the bolt out of the rifle’ and quickly replaced it with a ‘mysterious looking’ mechanism. As observers exchanged wondering glances, ‘he snapped into place a long black magazine containing 40 small pistol cartridges.’ … Each cartridge, they found, was of the same caliber as the Springfield’s standard ammunition but one-fifth the size.”–Alexander Rose, in the chapter “The Paths Not Taken,” from his book American Rifle, A Biography
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About the Author: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.
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