Regular viewers of InRange TV will be familiar with Ian and Karl’s comments about “obsolete” and “obsolescent” firearms, as well as their shared admiration for the American M17 Enfield rifle.
As far as I can make out, and I have not found any evidence to the contrary, this rifle - designated M/53-17 - is still in field service with the Danish armed forces’ Slædepatruljen Sirius (Sled Patrol Sirius), a long range reconnaissance patrol unit based in, and responsible for the security of, the wastes of Greenland.
This appears to be due to the rifle’s reliability in the adverse conditions encountered in the Arctic. As Stephen Howarth observes in passing in his book ‘To Shining Sea; A History of the United States Navy 1775-1991’ [Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1991]:
“If they [the M17s] froze, the breech could be kicked open.”
I believe that units in Canada which had retained Enfields for similar reasons have now replaced them with Sako rifles. So, my question.
Can anybody think of an older rifle design that is still in field (i.e. not ceremonial) service with any of the world’s developed nations?