If you love your M1903 or M1911 don’t read this post

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You were warned … This is the Frankenstein’s monster of early 20th Century American arms:

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An M103 Springfield in an SBR (Short Barrel Rifle) configuration presumably converted to .45 ACP with a 1911 pistol grip being used as the magazine well.

It is hideous. Something only its mother could love!

Hat Tip: Хроники безумного Макса


Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • 22lr

    Some weird part of me wants that gun, it could only be fun.

  • According the Springfield Armory Museum website, it was used for testing .45 ACP ammunition. They have another M1903 converted to .45 ACP in their collection, but it is only a barreled action.

    • Daniel, ah, so thats were that photo is from. I suppose that makes it part of history and not a hacked up job.

  • No Way!

    Gotta be photoshopped!

  • According to the Springfield Armory Museum, it has been in their collection since July 14, 1941. SPAR 1450 is its catalog number. SPAR = Springfield Armory.

  • pete

    almost looks like the beginnings of an American Delisle carbine (Sp)

  • XxleoxX

    what kind of joke is this?!?!?

  • V.I.P.

    It looks funny, but guns are not designed for looks.

  • komrad

    Its not even photoshoped. Its just a 1911 behind a 1903.

  • p.u

    i think if it were a 1911 behind the 1903 the triger guard or slide would be showing out of the top or bottem i might be wrong though

  • p.u

    and to add on top of that last comment the triger guard would be showing because the magazine release is just inside the triger guard on a normal 1911 pistol wich in this photo it seems that the triger guard must have been sawed off because u cant see it so it cant be a 1911 behind a 1903 (replying to komrad)

  • John McPherson

    Gen. Patton once proposed a 1903 carbine in 45 and had a couple of examples built but the army found it unneeded.