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The DrillMaster Product Review: The CTA M14

The above rifle is called a “Rubber Duck”, it is one solid piece of urethane and metal, the perfect choice for Drillers, but the cost is just to high to begin making it for the drill world. I tried. Check out this video here at the DrillMaster Training YouTube Channel:

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Pssst. Hey Buddy, wanna buy an M1903?

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M1903A3

Armed Exhibition Drill Rifles for Sale

How to buy a demilitarized Rifle
It’s relatively easy to purchase a demilitarized (demil’d) rifle from the the companies below. If you already have a Federal Firearms License (FFL), then you can order the rifle straight from the company. If you do not have an FFL, you can go to your local gun dealer and explain the situation to them, they will give you paperwork and you will pay a fee to have the rifle delivered to the dealer (who has an FFL) who will then give the rifle to you.

Thanks to Adam Jeup for outlining this step-by-step process.

“Theatrical Replicas”
Replica rifles that are not created specifically for spinning/drill, could be a hazard waiting to happen. Real rifles are made from steel and wood, plastic or a resin composite. Theatrical replica rifles are usually not made from steel, but from zinc or another cheaper, softer metal that MAY NOT hold up to slams and the rough use that happens with exhibition drill. An example of this type of rifle is here: http://replicaweaponry.com/m1garica3m1r.html and http://www.keystonearsenal.com/shop/?cat=5. Denix of Spain is one of the theatrical replica rifle makers.

Demilitarized Rifles (Demils):
Dupage Trading Company

Battlefield Relics call them too: (912) 966-1900 <— Best Choice!

Old Western Scrounger

Sarco Inc.

You can also visit:
The Gun Broker

Excellent replica M1 Garands: http://www.keystonearsenal.com/shop/?cat=5 Their Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Garand-Replica-Rifle-Full-Size/dp/B001J5MOCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1303274173&sr=8-1

Inert Products: http://www.inertproducts.com/inc/sdetail/1339/4852 (great “Rubber Duck” M14, metal barrel with bayonet lug)

Replica Rifles for Drillers
The Daisy Drill Rifle (replica 1903A3)

The Glendale DrillAmerica (replica M1 Garand)

The Glendale DrillAmerica (replica M1903A3)

Training Rifles (Red/Blue Guns)
Thanks to Matt Rogers for this info:

1903 Springfield 03A3 (Approx 8.5lbs.)

Old Western Scrounger Price 199.95
WWII 1903-A3 Military drill Rifle – NO FFL OR NICS NEEDED! These U.S. surplus 1903-A3 drill rifles are all complete, all original parts with original finish with rare Navy issue wood grain synthetic stocks. These guns have their barrels plugged and welded, boltface and cutoffs welded as well and the lower chambers removed to render them permanently deactivated so they can be sold WITHOUT AN FFL OR NICS CHECK! Both the complete rear sight and front sight blade has been removed by the government to ensure they do not cut the hands during the manual of military arms.
Picture: OWS 1903

Battlefield Relics || Price 450.00 (Standard Bluing) 550.00 (Fully Chromed)

M-1903/A3, S161DMIL, Springfield Demilitarized Drill Rifle. With functional bolt, safety, trigger and cut-off. Available in wood or synthetic stocks and hand guards. BFR 1903 CHROMED

Sarco Inc. 1903A3 Demils Price $249.00 – $419.00

From the outside you cannot tell these rifles have been changed except for the weld spot on the cut off. These rifles are perfect for a gun room display, reenactors, enhancements for your military vehicle, or just WWI or WWII nostalgia. A perfect gift for a youngster who is not old enough to have a firing military rifle. All parts function and click perfectly except the bolt stop.

1903 Springfields will be Springfield Armory or Rock Island Armory. 1903A3’s will be Remington or Smith Corona. You may choose and we will ship that model if available at no extra charge – however this is not guaranteed.

Not for Sale to Puerto Rico, NY, MN, WI, KS, CT, MA, or CA Sarco 1903A3

Daisy Model 1903 Drill Rifle Replica (Approx. 8.5lbs.)

Daisy 1903 Drill Rifle Price Approx 280$

At first glance, the Daisy drill rifle looks like a fully functional 1903-A1 Springfield rifle with a black synthyetic stock. But the only feature this rifle shares with a firearm is the opening bolt. The design and durable steel components and synthetic stock make this drill rifle capable of withstanding the abuse that is inherent in drill team use. (Approx 100-150$ more, A Chromed Version can be Purchased.)
Picture: Daisy 1903 Replica (Black)

To ORDER Contact Daisy at:
Daisy Outdoor Products
P.O. Box 220
Rogers, Arkansas
72757-0220
Or Order Over Phone: (800) 643-3458

Demilitarized M1 Garands

BattleField Relics Price 450$(Standard Bluing) 550$ (Fully Chromed)
With functional bolt, trigger, safety and cut-off. Available in wood or synthetic stocks or hand guards.

Mailing Address:
P.O.Box 306
Savannah, GA 31402-0306

Telephone: (912) 966-1900
(912) 966-1901

Email: bfr@battlefieldrelics.com

Civilian Markmanship Program Price $345.00

By law, the CMP can sell surplus military firearms, ammunition, parts and other items only to members of CMP affiliated clubs who are also U.S. citizens, over 18 years of age and who are legally eligible to purchase a firearm.

A listing of affiliated organizations can be found by clicking on our Club Search web page at http://clubs.odcmp.c…/clubSearch.cgi. (Please Check This For Your JROTC Unit)

If you have any difficulty in locating a club, please contact the CMP at 256-835-8455 or by emailing CMP Customer Service. We will find one for you. In addition to shooting clubs, the CMP also has several special affiliates. Membership in these organizations satisfies our requirement for purchase.

These special affiliates include: Congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations such as the VFW, AL, DAV, MCL, etc. U.S. Military services (active or reserves), National Guard, to include retirees. Professional 501©3 law enforcement organizations and associations such as the FOP, NAPO, NSA, etc.

Fits the description of our Rack Grade with the additions of: gas cylinder lock *** is welded to lock and gas cylinder, barrel is drilled, plugged and welded at chamber mouth. Barrel is welded to the receiver, firing pin hole is welded closed on bolt face. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the finish; there may be some pitting on the metal parts; wood will be basically sound but may be well used with minor hairline cracks, poor fit, and many dings, scratches and gouges; wood may not match in color, type of wood or condition. Wood may be Walnut, Birch, Beech or other variety.

Replica M1 Garand Approx. 8.5lb

DrillAmerica M1 Price $134.95

The DrillAmerica® rifle is the only available weapon of its type, weight, and balance for parades, drill, and competitions. Thousands of individuals are using this rifle for drill teams, honor guards, color guards – active duty military personnel, reservists, veterans, cadets, law enforcement personnel and firefighters.

•It is the first 8.5-pound balanced drill rifle in the United States.
•Length is 43”.
•The DrillAmerica® rifle is made of high-impact plastic with a wood-grain appearance and exterior chromed metal parts.
•The basic rifle has a one-piece bolt with no moving parts and a trigger that “clicks” for effect.
•An interchangeable moving bolt or a safety bolt without a handle may be purchased separately.
•All bolts can be engraved at $15 each – 24 characters maximum.
•Each rifle has a reversible black rubber pad and a metal plate.
•There is no bayonet lug.

Parts

Springfield 1903A3 – Parts Diagram
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E-Gun Parts
Sarco A3 Parts
Sarco CHROME Springfield Parts
Bill Ricca
North Ridge (M1 Garand parts)
Ernst Armory

M1 Garand – Parts Diagram (M1 Garand)
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Fulton Armory
M1 Garand Rifle
RA Parts
Amherst

M1 Drill America Parts
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Springfield 1903A3 Parts Diagram
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M1 Garand Parts Diagram (M1 Garand)
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Fulton Armory
M1 Garand Rifle
RA Parts
Amherst Depot

M14 Diagram
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http://www.fulton-armory.com/MAParts.htm#Parts Fulton Armory
http://www.smithenterprise.com/products03.html Smith Enterprise
http://www.fredsm14stocks.com/catalog/parts.asp Freds M14 Stocks/Parts
http://www.m1garandrifle.com/M14parts.htm M14

M1 Drill America – http://www.paradestore.com/images/DrillAmericaParts.jpg Diagram
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Daisy 1903 Replica – http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp312/Blakplague92/DCEEE/gview.png Diagram

http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp312/Blakplague92/DCEEE/gview.png Parts Listings

Bayonets
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The DrillMaster Bayonet

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Your Command Voice

Have you considered your command voice? Have you looked at your service’s manual and actually read about what it says on the proper way to call commands? No, it doesn’t say monotone is OK, it doesn’t say the gravel-in-your-throat style is a good style, it says use inflection, be clear and more! Read! Don’t rely on a senior cadet to tell you what you need to do (as with EVERYTHING else!)- read it for yourself!

“Well, I call commands like this.” “At my school we, [fill in the blank here].” Ever hear of standardization? That is what the military is about, standardizing. Your personal style, what you may think is really cool, does not matter. Stop it.

Click here to listen to some examples of commands in MP3 format and how to call them.

Also read this article, “Root Step” and Command Pronunciation.

When calling commands your voice should have inflection and NOT be monotone (some Navy cadets do this and I cannot figure out why). You should also enunciate each syllable and not leave off the first or last letter or substitute letters:

  • There is no such thing is “Righ, HACE“.
  • The USAF does allow, Forward, HARCH, (it’s in a picture, not text) the other services use MARCH.
  • There is no such thing as “A-Ten-Hut”, or any other number to bring a formation to Attention.
  • There is no need to growl your commands- that means you are calling from your throat. Stop, or you will have problems later in life.
  • There is no such thing is “Orward, ARCH“.

Here is a snippet from my book, The Honor Guard Manual.

Projection
•The ability of your voice to reach whatever distance necessary without undue strain.
•Voice is focused on the person farthest away.
•Assume the position of Attention, breathe properly, relax throat, open mouth and push the air out of your lungs from the diaphragm (place your hand on the top of your stomach, just under your ribcage and try to make those muscles tighten when giving commands).

Distinctness (Clarity)
•Distinct commands are effective; indistinct commands cause confusion.
•Clearly enunciate; use tongue, lips, and teeth to form words and word parts.
•Develop the ability to give clear, distinct commands. Practice giving commands slowly and carefully, prolonging the syllables. Gradually increase the rate of delivery to develop proper cadence, still enunciating each syllable distinctly.

Note: Honor Guard cadence is slow; approximately 90 beats per minute

Inflection
•The rise and fall in pitch and the tone changes of the voice.
•Starting at a normal speaking voice, pronounce the preparatory command with rising inflection.
•A properly delivered Command of execution should have no inflection.
•Command of execution should have a higher pitch than the preparatory command.

Precision
•Expresses confidence and decisiveness
•Expresses knowledge of commands and proper execution
•Commands are called at the proper time and in the proper manner

So, now that you have the info, straight from the manual, you will be able to properly call commands!

Happy drilling!

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Regarding Competition

Some, over the years, have said competition is a bad thing because little Johnny or Suzy get their feelings hurt. The instance given is the game Musical Chairs; all of the kids are running around then one doesn’t make it to a chair and “loses,” there is only one “winner.” What a sad way to look at such a fun game and what sheer contempt for something that is naturally created inside us.

Let’s go back to the game of Musical Chairs. Suzy just lost. What has she been taught at home? That “winning is everything!” or to join with the other kids and have FUN? Or have her parents left it up for her to learn that other kids can be real creeps and she just has to get over it? Actually, the last one, hopefully paired with the first one would be a good way to teach lessons about her upcoming life and how she may have to deal with adults who never learned how to be good people.

All of this comes down to:Competition is GOOD! But winning is not about getting first place! First place is great, but that’s all there is once you’ve achieved it and you have to do it all over again. Winning is about doing your personal best with what you have to work with (time, resources and education) and the feeling of pride that comes from doing your best. Once you place your emphasis on only winning, you’ve already lost.

Merry Christmas 2011.