Drill Purpose Rifle

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The Drill Purpose Rifle is a definition given to a rifle which has been altered so that it can no longer be fired. Instead it is used solely for drill purposes, training and teaching usually by cadet forces. Such examples include the Lee-Enfield No IV Mk 1 Rifle used between 1941 and 1955.

[edit] United States

In America, exhibition rifle drill has become more popular, due to teams such as the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and New Guard America[1]. The Most popular weapons used in America are the M1903A3 Springfield, M1 Garand, and the M14.

Currently, there are three main weapons designed exclusively for military exhibition drill. These are the DrillAmerica replica M-1 rifle offered by Glendale Inc[2]; the Daisy replica M1903A3 Springfield drill rifle, created at the request of the United States Navy; and the Mark-1 facsimile rifle, a light-weight replica weapon modeled after an M1903A3 w/ pistol grip stock.

[edit] United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom such examples of a drill purpose rifle include the aforementioned Lee-Enfield Rifle No 4 Mk I, which is used mainly by the British Army Cadet Force. The rifles are clearly labelled with a white band around the stock and the butt of the rifle with the letters DP written in bold black script. In addition, it may be stamped 'DP' above the serial number on the receiver.

The rifle is used as a teaching aide and also for ceremonial occasions where a guard is required (such as an inspection by a VIP). However, despite its status as a non-usable weapon the rifle should be treated as if it were still completely usable and the same care and consideration is given to them. A modified version of the SA-80A2 is also used, this is known as the L98A1 GP cadet DP rifle.

[edit] References

  1. New Guard America - rifle exhibition drill team instruction
  2. DrillAmerica™ Rifle - Replica Rifles - Military Gear | Parade Decorations
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