- See also: Scoped Springfield
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!
- 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 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.