INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published February 14, 2012, 10:28 PM

US Military recalling Springfield rifles from veterans organizations

Dilworth, MN (WDAY TV) - They're a weapon from another era, a gun that has been serving our country for nearly century. Now the military is recalling them from VFW's and American Legions across the country.

They're a weapon from another era, a gun that has been serving our country for nearly century. Now the military is recalling them from VFW's and American Legions across the country.

Jim Beckstrom – Dilworth VFW: "Each time you fire it, you have to operate the bolt manually."

This is a Springfield M-1903

Jim Beckstrom: "It's getting old"

This is the gun the doughboys carried to Europe in World War One. The US Military began loaning the guns to local veterans groups after that for funerals and ceremonies. Now the military is asking for those guns back.

Jim Beckstrom : "The problem is that they don't have all of the parts to make this go."

But they are offering up a replacement

Jim Beckstrom: “The M-1 Garand is what they want to replace everything with is a semi-automatic operation.”

Still the old M-1903 has its supporters. At the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in the Twin Cities the honor guard is so attached to this old rifle that they've actually gotten special permission from congress to keep using it. The Fort Snelling group is the only ones the military will continue to loan the guns to, but now you can own one of these pieces of military history.

Jason Hicks – Dilworth VFW: “They're for sale back to the public with the civilian marksmanship program they sell Garands, pull actions and any surplus military weapons.”

The Dlworth VFW had made the switch years ago to new M1.

Jim Beckstrom: : “We do about 3 to 5 funerals a week using the M1 Garand and it works just fine.”

Just as there are no more veterans left from the first World War, so too will be the case for active duty for weapons they carried into battle.

The M 1903 was bought back from the military trough the civilian marksmanship program.

Tags: