|“||[U.S.Rifle, 30-06 caliber, Model 1903 A1] A bolt-action rifle used by the U.S. Army from WWI to the beginning of WWII. As it adopts a Mauser-style locking mechanism, it has extremely high accuracy and durability.||”|
|— Weapon Description|
The M1903A1 is a bolt-action sniper rifle used by snipers, and is available for permanent purchase in the in-game shop for 400 red tickets by soldiers of any rank, and through mystery boxes in the capsule shop. It is an original as opposed to an upgraded model and/or custom variant; a slender model with a long scope, and is based on the real-life weapon of the same name.
Statistic wise, the M1903A1 is extremely similar to the Mosin-Nagant, sharing almost every statistic, with the exception of damage and fire rate, where this weapon actually surpasses. It therefore boasts a fast scope-in and draw speed, coupled with both high damage and range. Despite this weapon's competitive overall speed, being a bolt-action sniper rifle means that you are still advised to quick-switch whenever possible in order to minimize the delay between successive shots.
Since the M1903A1 is able to rapidly fire, engaging groups of targets is easier. It doesn't have a second level of scope magnification available, meaning it isn't particularly designed for longer ranges, but the magnification provided still makes locating targets comfortable at most distances. The single phase and fast scope-out speed enables heightened mobility, allowing you to push harder, rush for longer and flank more often, and means that you can recover faster after shooting.
The M1903A1 rarely tags due to its high damage and range, however you may still experience tagging when shots land on a target's limbs; but this will most likely only occur when they are wearing higher-tiered armor at much longer distances. Armor generally does not appear to affect the damage done to the torso – shots to the upper body and neck will still secure the kill, unless the shot has first penetrated another player or surface, in which case a head-shot would be necessary to avoid tagging.
The M1903A1 has quite a high accuracy when hip-firing, similar to other popular sniper rifles such as the DSR-1 and FR-F2. This means that, in close-quarter combat, no-scoping is very viable. Since tagging at point-blanc range is hardly observed, when landing a shot this way, you can expect to secure the kill most of the time. Due to this weapon's high overall speed, this method of play is not usually encouraged, as more tactical plays can be made at medium and long distances.
The M1903A1 cannot be modified.
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The Mosin-Nagant has a slightly slower scope speed and will tag very slightly more often due to the decrease in damage. Statistic wise, these two weapons are almost identical, with the exception of damage and fire rate, which are both higher in the M1903A1. While the M1903A1 has not been explicitly stated to be an upgraded model of the Mosin-Nagant; this similarity, along with the single scope phase, high overall speed and progressive red ticket cost for purchase; those who are already familiar with the Mosin-Nagant should have very little trouble picking up the M1903A1.
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The Kar98K and the M1903A1 share a similar play-style, owed mainly to their fast draw and scope-in speeds. Due to the successive reload animation of these two weapons and their shared ammo capacity, they provide a new ammo clip at a similar rate, making both weapons perform about the same in terms of engaging multiple targets. They both excel in sniper-only modes due their ability to recover at an increased rate and maneuver more efficiently than other conventional sniper rifles. Due to the damage output of the M1903A1, you can expect to see it tag less often than the Kar98K.
The M1903A1 does not currently have any variants.
• If you intend to rush, or know that you will be facing multiple targets, make sure you have full or high remaining ammo, as the M1903A1 will reload each bullet successively, which can be slow. Quick-switching when engaging groups will help to minimize the recovery time between each shot.
• Although the M1903A1 will rarely tag, it is ideal to aim for the torso of targets at long distances. Shots to the limbs will usually secure a kill (depending on how much armor your opponent is wearing), and as such, no-scoping is a viable option at close range if it becomes necessary to do so.
• Despite only having one scope phase, the M1903A1 makes it comfortable to aim at the majority of distances, so don't feel obligated to escape if your target is far away. This weapon does however perform at its best at mid-range, and excels against other sniper rifles due to its fast overall speed.
• The M1903A1, at the time of writing, is the most expensive red ticket weapon to ever be released, requiring 400 of them. It was also available through in-game mystery boxes made available in the capsule shop. The high ticket requirement is meant to be a reflection of its outstanding ability.
• The M1903A1 and the Mosin-Nagant have very similar statistics, but has not been explicitly released as an upgraded variant. Damage increased by 1, meaning that tagging occurs slightly less often. Fire rate had a minor increase, but this is not usually observed due to quick-switching.
• The M1903A1 cannot be modified, omitting the need to pay for any extra recurring costs. Due to this, in comparison to other sniper rifles of a similar tier, this weapon could be considered a cheaper option in terms of euros required to maintain it. Again, this is also observed in the Mosin-Nagant.