U S Springfield Model M Rifle

The U. S. M1922M2 rifle, chambered for the cal. .22 long rifle cartridge, was the last in a series of cal. .22 target rifles manufactured at Springfield Armory. It was issued for troop training and was also furnished to high schools and colleges for marksmanship training. It was also sold to NRA members through the office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM).

Manufacture was discontinued during World War II, but repair functions were continued for several years. The

M1922M2 rifle is now obsolete.

The M1922M2 (M1922MII) is a modification of the Ml922M1 (M1922-MI) which was in turn developed from the Model 1922 rifle first made in that year. Significant features of the M1922-M2 rifle in comparison with earlier models are its shortened striker fall, shortened bolt travel, and provision for headspace adjustment within the bolt handle assembly (final version).

The M1922M1 rifle was converted to M2-type by installing the later M2 bolt.

Receiver markings on M1922M2 rifles are somewhat confusing since arsenal modifications of earlier models to M2-type took place after design of the M2 version had been standardized and its manufacture begun.

The model designations of modified rifles were changed to indicate that alteration had been performed. Thus, there are several receiver markings extant for the M2 rifle. Those with the letters A or B stamped after the serial number are modified arms.

Parts Legend

1. Barrel

2. Receiver

3. Rear sight

4. Ejector stop

5. Ejector stop screw

6. Sear retaining pin

7. Ejector stop plunger spring

8. Ejector stop plunger

9. Spindle

10. Trigger pin

11. Sear spring

12. Sear

13. Trigger

14. Magazine retaining spring

15. Rearguard screw

16. Trigger guard

17. Floorplate catch pin

Springfield 1922 MagazineM1922 Bolt SleeveTurning Bolt

1 Remove bolt assembly by cocking rifle and turning safety lock (40) until thumbpiece is vertical. Rotate ejector stop (4) to center notch position and withdraw bolt assembly. Remove firing pin mechanism from bolt assembly by depressing bolt sleeve lock (52) with thumbnail. Then unscrew bolt sleeve (39) Va turn until bolt head can be pulled forward and away from bolt handle. Then unscrew firing pin mechanism from bolt handle

2 Release safety lock and insert striker end of firing pin (45) into Va" hole in workbench and push inward on bolt sleeve to compress mainspring (44). Unscrew firing pin nut (36) and slowly release tension on mainspring until cocking piece (38) and bolt sleeve separate from firing pin. Then remove the mainspring from firing pin

3 Remove safety lock (40) from bolt sleeve by turning it to dismounting bevel position on bolt sleeve halfway between the ready and vertical position. Tap front face of thumbpiece with plastic hammer to disengage it from bolt sleeve

4 Remove ejector (50) by drifting out ejector retaining pin (48). Ejector and ejector spring (51) may be withdrawn from face of bolt head (47)

18. Floorplate catch

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