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When the United States entered World War I in 1917, it was imperative that large quantities of rifles for U.S. troops be obtained in the shortest possible time. Winchester had no special equipment for the production of the United States standard service rifle, so the company purchased from the British Government the equipment that had previously been used to produce the British Enfield Pattern No. 14 Rifle.
Changes were made in the equipment to adapt the rifle for handling the United States Service, 30-06 Springfield, ammunition. The name of the pattern was changed to the United States Rifle, Caliber 30, Model of 1917.
At the factory this rifle was known as the G17R and also as the Winchester M/17 Rifle. The first delivery of a few sample M/17 rifles was made in May 1917 and the first quantity production in August 1917.
The company presented a Model 1917 rifle of Winchester manufacture to President Woodrow Wilson on January 18, 1919 (Barnes: 1980).
front of receiver/U.S./MODEL OF 1917/WINCHESTER/155818/end of barrel/W/(trademark)/2-18/bolt neck/SN/W
Winchester catalog indicates accompanying bayonet and scabbard rifle.
As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Cody Firearms Museum. If you are making a special trip, please double-check before visiting.