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The M1903 Springfield is an American bolt-action service rifle designed around a modified Mauser action. The Springfield replaced the older Krag Jørgensen rifle used during the Spanish–American War. The rifle is similar in many respects to the German Karabiner 98, sharing such features as a claw extractor and a five round internal box magazine, but differs notably in caliber and sight arrangement.
The Springfield is the primary weapon issued to the USMC Scout kit in Battlefield 1943. It is the most powerful infantry weapon in the game (tied with the IJN Type 98, for faction balancing) being able to kill in 2 body shots or a single headshot; however, its extremely low rate of fire (taking around 2 seconds to pull the bolt) can allow target ample time to escape after being hit by the first shot.
The M1903 is an all-kit bolt-action Sniper Rifle introduced with the Battlefield Hardline: Betrayal expansion. Like the M1 and M1A1, it can only use specific attachments and metal paints; in the M1903's case, it is able to equip a unique 6x Rifle Scope and Suppressor. It has the Straight Pull Bolt effect by default, though it is not listed as an attachment.
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The M1903 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1.
With the exception of its experimental variant, the M1903 Springfield is arguably the best long-range option for the scout class, with a sweet spot range of 100-150 meters, as well as the second-fastest bullet velocity in the game. Additionally, it is the most accurate rifle as it has a drag coefficient of just 0.002 (most, if not all other sniper rifles have a drag coefficient of 0.0025 instead). Three variants of the M1903 are featured in Battlefield 1 for the Scout kit: Experimental, Sniper, and Marksman.
The M1903 Sniper is equipped with a scope and a bipod for long-range shooting.
The M1903 Marksman is equipped with a palm rest and a scope.
The M1903 Experimental features iron sights and a Pedersen device, an experimental device which allows the weapon to fire pistol ammunition in semi-automatic from a 41-round magazine. The .30-18 ammunition does considerably less damage, requiring up to eight bullets to kill unaided infantry. Performance is comparable to light pistols such as the Modello 1915, while benefiting from a generous magazine, higher muzzle velocity, lower recoil, and less spread increase.
Switching to K Bullets while using this variant requires the removal of the magazine and Pedersen device, swapping in the .30-06 bolt carrier assembly, and loading the K bullet if still needed. The process must be repeated in reverse to switch back to .30-18 ammo. Both of these procedures take valuable time to complete, much longer than on other scout weapons.
- There were rumors and images that suggested that the M1903 was going to be featured in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 as a veteran status or pre-order/limited edition weapon.
- When reloading, the player will always load 5 bullets in, regardless of how many bullets are still in the gun. The same happens to the Type 98.