“We are the makers of rifles, and we are the dreamers of dreams”
The M1917 “American Enfield” (9lbs. used from 1917 to mid 1960s, eventually replaced by the M1903)
Winchester, Remington and Eddystone (Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone, Pennsylvania).
The British made the Lee Enfield Rifles which date from the late 1800s to the present day. Numerous version were created, rifles numbered 1, 2, 3 & 4, and different alterations were made to each version resulting in Mark I, II, III, and IV. Photo: Enfield Mark I from 1903, courtesy wikimedia.com
- Drill-Specific Replicas: The L59A1 & L98A2 (Britain only, called “DPs” for Drill Purpose); the L59A1, modeled after the Mark 4, is OK exhibition drill, the L98A2 is not.
The M1903 (used from 1903 to 1937, eventually replaced by the M1 Garand)
Many call this the Spingfield M1903, but this is not correct all the time as Smith-Corona, Rock Island Arsenal and Remington Arms made this rifle as well.
- Drill-Specific Replicas: the Glendale DrillAmerica M1903A3 and the Daisy Drill Rifle M1903A3.
The M1 Garand (used from 1936 to 1966, eventually replaced by the M14)
Springfield Armory is probably best known as the maker of this rifle but, Winchester, International Harvester, Harrington & Richardson and Baretta also made Garands.
- Drill-Specific Replicas: the Glendale DrillAmerica M1 Garand.
The M14 (10lbs, used from 1959 to 1970, eventually replaced by the M16)
Springfield Armory, Winchester, Harrington & Richardson and Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge, Inc. (TRW)
- Drill-Specific Replicas: the DrillMaster M14 (currently, only prototype).
What does all of this information mean to you, the Driller? If you want a demil’d rifle, don’t just look for what seems to be the most popular name. There are many more out there.
FYI, the quote is a rewording of something Willy Wonka said in the original movie.