Until this point I had never held an American Enfield rifle but I knew from enough pictures I’d seen that this one was a bit different. The stock was not the same as the Enfield rifles I’ve seen.
After doing some research, I noticed that the serial number put this rifle at the end of the production line for the Eddystone arsenal. The born on date placed on the end of each barrel of the M1917 American Enfield rifle placed its birthday on the very month the Armistice was signed ending the fighting in Europe.
So with the war over in November of 1918, the Eddystone arsenal had a lot of American Enfield rifles on hand that would never make it to the muddy trenches in France. So they put sporting stocks on them and released them to the commercial civilian market.
Over 2 million of these rifles were made and after the war they were distributed and sold all over the world to our allies and enemies alike. They are still used by the Danish military as their service weapon as they claim the M1917 Enfield performs well in cold weather Arctic operations. They also claim they are particularly effective against polar bears!
So in this video, I take this 100 year old piece of history out to our homestead range and attempt to put lead on steel. She performs remarkably well and I didn’t even have to adjust the scope. Someone did a good job of sighting it in years ago.
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