Springfield

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See also: Scoped Springfield
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Allied Weapon
Springfield
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Weapon stats:
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Maximum damage; the minimum is always 1 Effective firing range, in pixels (for reference, the game field is 400px wide by 600px tall) Maximum rounds fired at a single target Ammunition capacity Reload time, in ticks (20 ticks = 1 second); the less, the better; the unit's exp is deducted from this value, getting faster as it ranks up
125 400 1 5 N/A
CQC (close quarters combat) bonus multiplier; the unit's rifle skill is multiplied by this value when firing at a distance of 100px or less Range malus; the unit's rifle skill is divided by this penalty when firing beyond the weapon's effective range AP (anti-personnel) explosion radius; area of the blast that damages all units, but deals reduced damage to vehicles AT (anti-tank) explosion radius; area of the blast that deals fatal damage to mechanical units Gib explosion radius; area of the blast that blows all organic units caught in it to pieces
1.1 2 N/A N/A N/A
Strengths:
Damage, range, and reload
Weaknesses:
Slow for recruits, low close quarters bonus.
Description:
This gun is automatically given to your FRF, soldiers, and your signalers for starters. It's a bolt-action rifle that allows the use of rifle grenades. It can also be individually acquired through the menu, in what is referred to as a downgrade.

The Springfield is the standard-issue rifle given to soldiers, signalers and French resistance fighters, and it is second to none in power and range. Only the scoped version of the same weapon, employed by snipers, can attain a higher performance, but it is not available to other units.

The Springfield does, however, have a slow firing rate. After firing a shot, due to its bolt-action design, the wielder will have to pause to operate the bolt and then re-acquire the target on his sights, incurring a significant delay, while with a semi-automatic rifle, such as the M1 Garand, he can fire multiple shots in short sequence.

Don't underestimate it though: a 100 exp troop can chamber another round within half a second! The bolt action gives it a special advantage, too: by restarting the firing sequence after each shot, the wielder will never waste time firing extra shots at a dead enemy and will be ready for the next one. Lastly, it allows the wielder to launch Grenades/Rifle Grenades more frequently, because they are only used at the moment a soldier acquires a new target - which, with the Springfield, happens all the time!

Fun Facts

  • In real life, an Air Force Springfield would have a 25 round clip.
  • The Springfield's 5-round clip is never actually shown being reloaded.
  • Maxed-out troops used to enjoy unstoppable firing speeds with the Springfield, until they were nerfed around the time of Patch 2.2.6a.
  • The two versions of the Springfield each have their own characteristic firing sound, despite being technically the same weapon.
  • The Springfield was nicknamed "The Silent Death" thanks to its deadly accuracy.

Real Life

The Springfield 1903 was designed by the Springfield Armory in 1902 in Springfield, Mass. It was actually a close copy of a Mauser rifle (that's right, the US copied an older version of the Kar98k), which the American manufacturers then made a little bit better. During WWI, the Germans were massacred by a copy of their own rifle.

The ammunition for the Springfield 1903 can be .30-03 cal or .30-06 cal. This rifle was used primarily during World War I, but was replaced by the standard issue M1 Garand during World War II. This bolt action rifle, requiring the ejecting of spent rounds after every shot, was soon replaced by the semi-automatic M1 Garand in all fields except sniper positions, where thanks to the quieter reloads and being less prone to jamming the Springfield remained available at the sniper's discretion. The USMC Marines still used it in the Pacific theater, without a scope.

However, prior to this phasing out, there was a strategy called the mad minute (used only by British forces), in which groups of men would attempt to fire and bolt the rifle as fast as possible for minutes at a time in order to provide cover fire or suppressive fire with a large wall of semi-accurate shots, albeit for only a short amount of time, as this pace couldn't be hoped to be held for long. MnB2 simulates this as experience is gained by troops and their rate of fire increases dramatically. It is for this increased output that players may contemplate "downgrading" their high ranking soldiers' weapons to the Springfield.

Soldiers who used it in real life called it the "weapon of silent death", because by the time you heard the shot, you were already dead. The Springfield saw its last major action during the Guadalcanal campaign of WW2 by the Marine Corps. It remained as a specialist's rifle until the Vietnam War.

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