When the United States entered World War II, the country was not prepared to arm as many soldiers as needed with the latest U.S. military rifle - the semi-automatic M1 Garand. Hundreds of thousands of WW I vintage Springfield Model 1903 rifles were pulled out of storage and sent back into war. Using original tooling for building these rifles, both Remington and Smith-Corona also began producing what became designated the M1903A3. To fulfill the need for sniper rifles, in 1942 the U.S. Army adopted the M1903A4 as the first standardized U.S. sniper rifle. This version of the Remington M1903A3 came without a rear or front sight, and had been fitted with a 3/4-inch diameter Weaver 330C 2.5x riflescope, designated the M73B1, attached with a one-piece base and rings produced by Redfield. In all, 29,964 of these rifles were produced.
Hi-Lux Optics is now adding a new-made version of this scope - which has been totally re-engineered from the inside out to produce a scope that is far superior to the originals. While it is being introduced primarily for those wanting to shoot a fairly authentic looking and shooting M1903A4 in Vintage Sniper Rifle competition, this newest addition to the Wm. Malcolm line would also look right at home on older hunting rifles, like the Savage Model 99 and Winchester Model 75 Sporter. The scope features a 3.54" eye relief, and the 2.5x magnification is ideal for those under 100-yard shots at deer in the woods...or at a bushytail gnawing away at a hickory nut on a limb 15 to 20 yards above. What truly sets this scope apart from the originals is the quality of the optics. This is the brightest and clearest scope of its kind ever produced. Click here to learn more about the M73G4.
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