They are often
called ďThe Greatest Generation.Ē
Whatís this got to
do with woodworking?
The generation that fought in
World War II sacrificed so very much for our country both at
home, and in the military.
personally believe the statement to be absolutely true! My
feelings on this are very personal because both of my
grandfathers were in the war, and were both fine men.
Whatís this got to do with
woodworking? Iím glad you asked, and I promise Iíll get to
that in a moment, but I want to give you some more
It was my very personal
connection to the World War two era that led me to my most
recent tool acquisition. Itís a different kind of tool, a
tool once used for war.
Iíve long had a desire to buy a
1903 Springfield rifle, and recently the opportunity came
along to get one at a price I could not turn down.
I was even able to test it out
before I bought it, and after two shots I knew it was mine!
My particular version is the
1903a3, which was produced in World War II by Remington.
There is some debate on what
units were issued this older design of rifle, as the M1
Garand was the new standard issue infantry rifle for the
Army and Marines. The general thinking seems to be that the
Garand was not available in sufficient numbers to fully
equip all the troops, so the venerable 1903 Springfield was
there alongside the Garand in many units. Here is a picture
of some of the proof marks on the rifle and the stock.
Now hereís where the
woodworking comes in. My copy was in need of a little bit of
help on the stock. The previous owner had installed an
aftermarket trigger that had an extra safety on it. To do
this he had to remove part of the stock near the receiver.