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ORIGINAL US ARMY 1908 MANUAL FOR THE M1903 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE, CALIBER .30:  Dated 1908, this is a scarce early edition of the operation and maintenance manual for the M1903 Springfield Rifle.  Although having seen some use and improper storage, this early manual is complete, all of the pages and fold out plates are present and intact. 

The blue cloth front and back covers are water stained, but the cover boards are solid.  The water stain on the front cover affected some of the printed title information, but the majority is still legible, and the Ordnance Department logo is still legible.  This exposure to moisture did not affect the interior pages beyond some minor soiling along the edges.  The corners are solid and not dog eared, and the binding is solid and tight. 

This edition includes a four page section of detailed descriptions of the various types of ammunition used with this rifle, an additional 14 pages of ballistic data information and tables, and two fold out plates detailing the Arms Locker and the Arms Chest for the M1903 Rifle.  Despite the minor cosmetic wear, this is still a nice early manual that is not easy to find.  (0407) $55



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