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 '03 was used extensively during World War 1 and the beginning of World War 2 (among US Marines ) before being limited to use as a sniper’s rifle as the US Rifle, Caliber .30 M1 took over.
In Battlefield 1943, the Springfield is the primary weapon issued to the USMCScout kit. It is the most powerful infantry weapon in the game (tied with the IJNType 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. A common and effective strategy is the One Two tactic, where a player hits a target with the Springfield and switches to the M1911 to finish off the enemy.