Furs and Springfield T-guns…

73-years ago this week…

These Northwestern University girls brave freezing weather to go through a Home Guard rifle drill with Springfield Model 1903 Style T Target Rifles

“These Northwestern University girls brave freezing weather to go through a Home Guard rifle drill on the campus in Evanston, Illinois on January 11, 1942 (a month after Pearl Harbor). From left to right are: Jeanne Paul, age 18, of Oak Park, Illinois,; Virginia Paisley, 18, of Lakewood, Ohio; Marian Walsh, 19, also from Lakewood; Sarah Robinson, 20, of Jonesboro, Arkansas,; Elizabeth Cooper, 17, of Chicago; Harriet Ginsberg, 17.”    (AP Photo) (Hattip Georgy Zhukov)

These well-dressed undergrads are equipped with Springfield 1903 T-Models. These chopped-down target model rifles were shipped out through the U.S. Army’s Department of Civilian Marksmanship (now known as the CMP) in the 1920s and 30s to various school and private shooting teams to be used in DCM competitions and these ladies are likely of the school’s rifle team and deadly sharpshooters if they had to be..luckily no Axis paratroopers had to find out the hardway.

These 30.06’s are exceptionally rare today.

Early Springfield Model 1903 Style "T" Target Rifle with Winchester A5 Scope

Early Springfield Model 1903 Style “T” Target Rifle with Winchester A5 Scope

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