Call of Duty and United OffensiveEdit
- "The Springfield M1903, originally developed after the Spanish-American War, is a sniper rifle equipped with a 4x zoom scope. As a bolt-action scoped weapon, it has a slow rate of fire and chambers one round at a time."
- — Call of Duty manual description.
This is the American sniper rifle of choice and is first seen in the level "Camp Toccoa". In campaign, it is never found without a scope, but is the only American bolt-action rifle found in-game. It is one-shot kill in the first Call of Duty, but only with a headshot in Call of Duty: United Offensive at maximum distance.
This weapon is the American sniper rifle. It is powerful and accurate, but is bolt-action and reloads slowly. It is best used as a long-range weapon, as it has a scope. Due to the British lacking their own sniper rifle in single player, they use the Springfield in multiplayer.
Call of Duty: Finest HourEdit
- "The Springfield M1903, originally developed during the Spanish-American War, is a sniper rifle equppied with a 4x zoom scope. As a bolt-action scoped weapon, it has a slow rate of fire and reloads one round at a time."
- — Manual description
The Springfield appears in multiplayer as a sniper rifle.
This weapon is, again, the American sniper rifle of choice. It is accurate and powerful, but with a slow rate of fire and reload time. Its ammunition is fairly scarce, just as with all Allied weapons. It is given to the player as a starting weapon in the missions "The Battle of Pointe du Hoc", "The Silo", and "The Battle for Hill 400".
The Springfield is an overall effective sniper rifle for its simplified scope crosshairs. It can kill a target with a single hit to any location except to the lower limbs, in which case two hits are needed for a kill. It is the only bolt-action rifle in multiplayer that is only available exclusively with a scope.
- "Uses a 2.2x telescopic scope for sniping capability. Could only be reloaded one round at a time due to the location of the scope."
- — Description
In Call of Duty 2: Big Red One, the Springfield (referred to as Springfield M1903 bolt-action in the Bonus Materials) is somewhat of a rare weapon. Its first appearance is in The Desert Fox, when the player has to use it to take out enemy snipers. It appears again in Piano Lupo. The player has to use it to give covering fire so the medic can get to the wounded soldiers.
The Springfield is found only equipped with a scope and usually kills in one hit.
- "Caliber .30-06 sniper rifle with telescope. This accurate and powerful bolt action rifle has an effective range of 600 yards. Due to its scope placement over the receiver, cartridges must be loaded individually."
- — In-game description
The Springfield (listed as a Springfield M1903M4 in the Bonus Materials) returns in Call of Duty 3.
The Springfield appears as a starting weapon in The Forest. It can also be found twice in the last mission, Chambois. Near the end of the mission, multiple Springfields can be found on the top floor of the house which your squad must secure. These Springfields are very useful for taking out the mortar teams in the same section. The Springfield is almost always a 1-hit kill in the campaign mode.
The Springfield is only available for the Allied Scout class. It is very effective at long ranges, however the player must aim their shots carefully, as only shots aimed at the chest or head are 1-hit kills. The Springfield is almost identical to its Axis equivalent, the Kar 98k.
- "The M1903 a4 Springfield was the standard American World War II sniper rifle."
- — In-game description
In Call of Duty: Roads to Victory, the Springfield is found only in a few levels. In "Altavilla", the player needs to use it to take down some German snipers. In "River Crossing", the player can obtain it by going in an optional path. It is in the hands of an American sniper, who will get killed by a German sniper after a few seconds.
- "American bolt action rifle with moderate accuracy and power. Effective at long range."
- — Description
The Springfield returns in World at War in campaign. Pvt. Denny uses the only Springfield in the game during the mission "Semper Fi". It seem to be a mix between all models, resembling the Call of Duty Scope. It is also found in the levels "Relentless" near one of the anti-tank positions, and "Breaking Point" near the first supply drop. It can only be found with a sniper scope.
In multiplayer mode, the Springfield is the first bolt-action rifle available for use by the player, and the only one, besides the PTRS-41, that starts out with the Sniper Scope unlocked.
It is good to note that all bolt-action rifles have the same accuracy, base damage, reload time and range. Accuracy is all dependent upon the user's ability, and when aim is steadied, if the Sniper Scope attachment is in use. Bolt-action rifles are only different in terms of bolt cycling rate and scope sway, although those differences are negligible.
Because it starts with a scope, the Springfield is a preferred choice for players who want to use a Sniper Scope immediately, and not have to bother with unlocking it. Also, the Springfield's bolt cycles slightly faster than other bolt-actions, making it the choice rifle for snipers that prefer rate of fire.
Because the scope is available from the beginning, the Springfield has one less attachment to earn, and therefore has one less challenge. When used without a scope, the Springfield's iron sights are difficult to use properly as they are misaligned. If the player looks carefully at the sight, the player can see that at the very top the sight tapers off to a point, just below that point is a light colored line that is the true impact point. The impact point lines up almost perfectly with the two horizontal notches (rear sights) surrounding the front sight (needle notch).
It is an overall good sniper rifle, however, the iron sights are often found to be difficult to use properly, mostly because they are slightly misaligned. This won't be noticeable, at close range, but may cause misses at medium to long range.
A good class combination is with the Overkill perk, due to the reload time being relatively quick, and paired with a shotgun or rifle. This sniper rifle is occasionally weak however, and should be used with Stopping Power, and preferably Deep Impact to minimize damage loss if shooting through cover.
The Springfield appears in the Nazi Zombie maps, Nacht der Untoten inside of the mystery box for 950 points, and Verrückt on the wall for 200 points. It is considered one of the worst guns available because of its iron sights which are misaligned in-game, it has a slow rate of fire, and weak damage per bullet (two-shot kill on round one and headshots cease being one-shot kill at round three), rendering this gun useless outside the first four rounds. However, it has its useful sides, having a superior reload time and fire rate than the Kar98k. It is also very accurate, despite the sights being misaligned. It is also a useful weapon for penetration.
Like the Mosin-Nagant and the Arisaka, a Pack-a-Punched variant of the Springfield can be found within the game's files. From evidence, it would behave like the Pack-a-Punched Kar98k (Armageddon) and Arisaka (Eviscerator), but with a scope, like the Mosin-Nagant (no Pack-a-Punched name).
The Springfield is aesthetically similar to the Springfield's of other titles, although it is now covered with a ghillie camouflage. It seems to be reloaded from a trench magazine instead. It has 160 rounds of backup ammunition as opposed to 100 in the other sniper rifles aside from the Lee-Enfield, which has 200 rounds of backup ammo.
In multiplayer it is only usable by the US faction, and it is its only bolt action rifle. The Springfield is an accurate, reliable weapon that is quite popular among many players. The gun takes one shot to kill to anywhere in the body (except oddly, the head, which takes two shots to kill). To certain groups in the community, the Springfield is a balance issue, due to the little amount of skill that is needed to effectively use the weapon, the effectiveness it has at every range, and the moderately fast reload. Since the name of a player appears when aiming at them, the Springfield can easily get kills at close range without aiming (otherwise known as no-scoping). All in all, the Springfield is a powerful weapon in the hands of any user.
Call of Duty: ZombiesEdit
The Springfield functions very similarly to its console/PC variant, except the iron sights are now perfectly centered. It is available from the Mystery Box in Nacht Der Untoten, and can be bought off the wall on the American side of Verrückt. Unfortunately, it also retains its lack of power from the console versions, making it imperative to swap it out for a more competent weapon past the early rounds.
Call of Duty: WWII Edit
- "Heavy bolt-action sniper rifle that has the largest one shot kill zone."
- — In-game description
The M1903 returns in Call of Duty: WWII.
The M1903 can be used throughout the campaign. It is always attached with a 6x Optic. It is one of the starting weapons of the level "Ambush". The weapon can be picked up during the starting phase of the level "Battle of the Bulge". If the player picks up another weapon, the M1903 will be replaced by the Lee Enfield.
As compared to its main competitor, the Lee Enfield, the M1903 boasts higher damage and more reliable multipliers in exchange for a lower magazine capacity and slightly worse handling. The M1903 will net consistent one-shot-kills from the waist and up, giving it a leg up over the Lee Enfield, which requires a hit to the mid-to-upper torso to kill. However, its ADS time is slower than the Lee Enfield's, hindering its close-range performance. As well, it has slightly worse hipfire accuracy, although the hipfire accuracy of the Lee Enfield is so large to begin with that the difference is mostly negligible. The M1903 also has worse idle sway than the Lee Enfield, and as such Ballistic Calibration is recommended.
The M1903 can be obtained from the Mystery Box in all of the current maps. It can also be acquired with the M1903 guarantee consumable. The M1903 boasts the highest damage and penetration of all sniper rifles, being a one shot kill into the early 20s, with easy collateral kills. Wustlings are easily dispatched when their spine is targeted. Handling, like its iteration in Multiplayer, is sluggish, with slow aim down sight speeds, poor hipfire and high idle sway (shapshooter does not exist in zombies). In spite of its high damage, the M1903 is usually passed up for other weapons which have better handling or better characteristics, such as LMGs, or shotguns. When upgraded via the Ubersprengen, it becomes the Massachusetts, gaining more ammo and damage. Normally, transitioning into the scope increases hipfire accuracy, but the Massachusetts actually gets more inaccurate while transitioning into the scope, meaning that if the player wants to aim down sight, they will have to fully aim, otherwise the chance of missing is high.
- 4x Optic (unlocked at weapon level 2)
- Ballistic Calibration (unlocked at weapon level 3)
- Full Metal Jacket (unlocked at weapon level 4)
- Extended Mag (unlocked at weapon level 5)
- Rapid Fire (unlocked at weapon level 6)
- Iron Sight (unlocked at weapon level 7)
- Sharpshooter (Built in; previously unlocked at division level 1)
- 6x Optic (Campaign only)
Call of Duty: World at WarEdit
- In the Wii version of Call of Duty: World at War, without a scope when reloading, no bullets are seen being put in the rifle.
- The Scoped Springfield makes a different sound than the non-Scoped one.
- The multiplayer kill icon shows the Springfield with a scope regardless of attachments.
- An empty stripper clip can be seen in bottom right corner if player sways with Springfield with a bayonet.
- In Call of Duty World at War, the Springfield without iron sights is modeled after an original m1903, however the model with the scope resembles the Springfield m1903A4. This means there are two different in-game models.
Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit
- In the revised version of Verrückt, the Springfield is no longer available from the wall on the "American" side of the starting area. It is instead replaced with the Kar98k.