In the early to mid 1930's Ordnance was selling to the Phihippine Gov.t Model 1917's Rifles. The funds Ordnance received they wanted for the M1 Garand Rifle. However, those funds were sent to other projects. In April of 1936 an Ordnance files tells us that the 1903 Rifles accessories and large quantity of spare parts were sold with these rifles, the Model 1903, and at the present time an accumulated shortage over time. Another report in 1937 states "a supply of spare parts for all types of small arms is urgently needed existing stocks are entirely inadequate even for peace time needs"
Then we have the above report telling us that as late as 1941 Ordnance doesn't have spare parts for the Model 1903 for the USMC. These rifles were sold here in the US. Can we say the early DCM and NRA. Also no spare parts were being built.
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