M1917 Enfield Rifle
The U.S. Model 1917, manufactured by Eddystone, was the standard issue rifle to American troops during WWI and was the type used by Alvin York in 1918. Due to initial shortages of the M1903 Springfield rifle, the U.S. contracted for M1917 production to equip increasing troop commitments to the Western Front. Chambered in .30-.06 and weighing 9 pounds unloaded, the 1917 featured a bolt action, rear ladder and front blade sight, and a 6-round capacity within the internal magazine. To load the weapon, York and other soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force would load a 5-round brass stripper clip in the rear of the receiver and push downward until all five cartridges were inserted in the magazine and the bolt could be closed. Utilizing standard military ball ammunition, the M1917 achieved a muzzle velocity of approximately 2,800 feet per second and an effective firing range of nearly 600 yards. This particular model features a leather sling for transport and stabilization in various firing positions.