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Commander, what can Springfield do for you, please order as you like.
|Original name||Springfield M1903|
|| Wife of man, double ponytails, boots, trickery|
|Place of origin||USA|
|Manufactured by||Springfield Armory|
Springfield is a character from the tactical SRPG ES game Girls' Frontline and its derivatives developed by MicaTeam and published by Digital Sky.
Spanish soldiers wielded Mauser rifles during the Spanish-American War in 1898, which prompted the US to start working on a Mauser-type rifle after the war.
The M1903 rifle was developed by Springfield Armory, and was produced under license from Mauser. The rotary bolt takes its design from that found on Mauser 98 rifles, and the rifle can be considered a variant of the Mauser rifle. The M1903 rifle has a shorter profile overall, with a barrel shortened to 610mm and a downwards-bent bolt handle.
The rifle is fed by a 5-round fixed magazine, and is reloaded via a 5-round stripper clip. Rounds can also be put into the magazine directly. The M1903 originally fired .30-03 rounds before switching to the matching M1906 (or the .30-06) rounds in 1906. The .30-06 round is an improvement over the Mauser rimless round, and became the standard rifle round of the US military throughout the 50 years that followed.
The M1903 rifle had high quality, and proved to be reliable in terms of both accuracy and reliability under harsh conditions. Early rifles were also fitted with a rod-type bayonet, however they are prone to damage under medium-force impact. Later rifles were fitted with an improved knife-type bayonet.
There were attempts to improve the Krag–Jørgensen rifle with high-velocity rounds, but were not successful due to its inability to raise chamber pressure.
The Springfield Armory started to design a new rifle in the following year. Though the US military evaluated the Mauser rifle in the 1890s, they still chose the German-influenced Krag–Jørgensen rifle. Later, rifles including the Mauser 93 received improvements, with greater muzzle velocities compared to previous models.
Combining the specialties of Mauser and Krag rifles, Springfield developed their prototype 1901 rifle, and believed that they had reached their goal, prompting the Armory to manufacture new moulds and arrange new assembly lines.
To their disappointment, the number of M1901s was on a constant decline in the military, with the Armory receiving new mandates from the militaries and including them in the improvement program for the M1901.
Springfield introduced the M1903 in 1903, and it was accepted into service. Though a combination of the advantages of numerous rifles, it is still close to a Mauser rifle, forcing the US government to pay licensing fee to Mauser.
- Weight: 3.94 kg (8.7 lb)
- Length: 1097 mm (43.2 in)
- Barrel length: 610 mm (24 in)
- Muzzle velocity: 854 m/s (2,800 ft/s)
- Effective range: 914 m (2,999 ft)
- Maximum range: 5029 m (5,500 yd)
The M1903 has 4 main improved models:
M1903A1 1930 Switched to a newer C-type stock.
M1903A2 1930s Modified from A1 models for use by civilians and artillery troops.
M1903A3 1942 Simplified method of manufacturing
M1903A4 1942 A sniper rifle based on the M1903A3, with an enhanced stock and a 2.2x-maginifaction scope.
Variants include the M1903Mk1, M1903A1 through M1903A4 and M1942, forming the M1903-family rifles. The total amount manufactured is approximately 2.6 million, though lower than the M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle (which is 4 million), the number remains formidable.
The M1903 was employed in WWI against Germany. Different from WWII which relied on firepower, the US military in WWI emphasized on accurate shooting and melee combat, which suited the M1903. The US military experienced harsh shooting trainings in their country, which proved to be worthy in the war. It was said that soldiers in a US front-line outpost was attacked by a regiment, but they repelled the attack by sniping from 700 to 800 meters away, breaking the morale and formation of the German troops.
The standard-issue weapon of the US military in WWII was the M1 Garand, but the capacity of the Armory could only satisfy the US Army who placed its order first, therefore the Marines still relied on their M1903s to fight against the Japanese military. Compared to the M1, M1903's low rate of fire turned out to be problematic: One with an M1 Garand could take out 4 targets while the M1903 re-chambers for another round. Despite this, the M1903 was considered to be more accurate than the M1. The Japanese military took heavy casualties from American M1903-wielding snipers.
The M1903 was rare to see in the Western front, but this did not hamper her to be used to her advantage. Some army commanders consider that a sniper armed with an M1903A4 performs no worse than a direct-fire cannon! Though few in numbers in the Western front, with even fewer captured by the German military, she received the designation Gewehr 249(a) for her excellent performance in the German military for issue to second-line troops.
|Accuracy of Springfield and Mauser rifles in 3-round groups|
1. Springfield M1903 + Leatherwood 3x scope
①Lake City M2 round in 1953
200 yd -- 7 in;
300 yd -- 10 in;
400 yd -- 5.75 in;
500 yd -- 5 in
Note: Another box of rounds were used for the 400- and 500-yard groups
②Hornady match-grade rounds
300yd -- 2.5 in
2. Remington M1903A4 with 2.5x scope; Lake City M2 round in 1953
200 yd -- 5.25in;
300 yd -- 17.5 in
3. Gibbs M1903A4 with 2.5x scope
①Lake City M2 round in 1953
200 yd -- 5 in;
300 yd -- 9.5 in;
400 yd -- 8 in;
500 yd -- 16 in
Note: Another box of rounds were used for the 400- and 500-yard groups
②Denver M2 round in 1943
200 yd -- 2.75 in;
300 yd -- 7 in;
400 yd -- 11 in
③Hornady match-grade rounds
300 yd -- 1.25 in
4. Mauser Kar.98k + ZF-41 1.5x scope; s.S. round in 1945
Note: s.S. stands for schweres Spitzgeschoss (Heavy-tipped round), the standard rifle/machinegun round of Germany in WWII
200 yd -- 6.25 in;
300 yd -- 6 in;
400 yd -- 20 in
Note: It is very difficult to aim at a human-sized target at 400 yards with 1.5x optics.
5. Mauser Kar.98k +ZF-4 4x scope; s.S. round in 1945
200 yd -- 2.25 in;
300 yd -- 5 in;
400 yd -- 8 in;
500 yd -- 12 in;
|Index number: No.036||Rarity：★★★★|
|Nationality: American||Type: Rifle|
|Health (B)||42→84||Damage (A)||45→128|
|Dodge (A)||5→40||Accuracy (B)||9→72|
|Movement Speed (B)||7→7||Rate of Fire (C)||21→32|
|Stabilized shooting||Aims for 1.5 seconds, deals 3x (6x) damage to the farthest target. |
Initial cooldown at 10 seconds at an interval of 20 (16) seconds.
|Effect||Affects HGs. |
-15% skill interval
- The buff effect of handguns will be improved when they undergo dummy expansions.
- Data in parentheses ("()") is the maximum possible value of the stat.
|Christmas Chibi version animation|
|Anniversary--Empress under the Light|
|Swimsuit Chibi version animation|
Mature and calm, wide-hearted to her companions. However, her seemingly defenseless nature proves to be flawless no matter in peacetime or in combat.
Her distinct dress is a modified US Army uniform during the American Civil War, which is now the prom dress for West Point students.
So perhaps she knows tactics better than her commander?
|Official description (in Chinese)|
Of course, this calm, friendly miss is not that people's teacher next door Minagawa Akane.
|Identical to that next door. |
So please be careful not to give the oath document to the wrong person~
Name of Springfield
Many possibly consider that Springfield sounds Japanese(
Springfield M1903 was developed by Springfield (which directly translates into Chinese as "春田"), and was produced under license from Mauser (due to her close look to a Mauser rifle).
So if taken seriously, she perhaps has German blood running in her veins, and does not have any ties with Japan.
Adjutant voicelines is virtually entirely food-centered. Breakfast, tea and main course one after another. She even carefully wipes the mouth of her commander after that.
Feels as if she was preparing from the morning all the way towards the evening. Springfield's breakfast with love!
It is rumored that her specialty is apple pies.
Though all American styles. But since she served in China perhaps she could do Chinese dishes?
It was reported that a considerable number of commanders had got wasted under this and just lie in the command center all day.
Due to her personality and her specialty in cooking
and the love from her creator, she is nicknamed "Madam".
Of course, aside from that, she was given ample performances (though not in terms of plot = =)
1.First as the Valentine's day present to commanders during the 3rd Internal Test phase in 2015
2.As the first top-up reward in Public Test
3.One of the earliest who had CVs during the Public Test Phase. Appeared in the trailer for Operation Cube in 2016 before the CV system was live.
4.Appeared as the only 4-star in the login background when the oath system went live, and in the CENTER position.
|Oath system login background|
5.As one of the three who had their exclusive equipment when the exclusive-equipment system went live (with the other two being AR-15 and M1918).
Though 4-star in rarity, her firepower appears to be inferior to a number of 3-star RFs , let alone the African goddess of war M14. But when matched with her exclusive equipment, she could soar to the level of a high-tier RF in terms of Damage Per Second.
Her DPS is only marginally lower than WA2000 with a full-stat exclusive equipment, reaching an even higher level. That is, excluding skills.
6.Appeared (still in the CENTER position) in the Halloween theme.
|Halloween login background|
7.And her creator intermittently releases the picture of her daughter.
8.The 4-star T-doll with the most outfits (Also, by 2017.10.15, WA2000 owns the most outfits, with a total of 4: Halloween, Christmas, Anniversary and swimsuit themes.), respectively the swimsuit Summerfield, prom dress Fallfield, and the Christmas Winterfield theme.
9.Also all the login backgrounds and Christmas outfits, etc.
It's Grifon Headquarters' love towards Springfield behind this high amount of exposition... Hmm... How to put it? Headquarters have already decided that you are to be the spouse of the commander.
Her creator revealed when discussing the styling of Springfield's hair that:
It's not her legs under her
long dress that obstructs the development of society and the evolution of man, and in her Halloween outfit even longer dress, but riding breeches.
But this is not the reason for you commanders to peek under her dress!!!
Springfield: Don't worry, I put some sleeping pills in the commander's dinner.
In fact there was nothing whatsoever given about Springfield's trickery from her creator and the officials.
If there's really a scent of it, it's probably because of the angle and style of the illustration. A chill goes down some commanders' spines if her illustration is examined carefully. Ah, something's awakening from that gaze as if looking at trash... Madam, please step me under your feet.
Plus that Springfield joined the game in the 1st Public Test Phase, where there was no such thing as voicelines. Even after the CV system went live, commanders who just got in contact with her have nevertheless reported that her laughter sounds a bit spooky...2333
She tied her nice, tawny hair up into a ponytail，with a cute brown headband.
“Time to mash the apples~ Commander, it’s your turn, give me a hand~”
“Aye, for sure, sis Springfield.” I stripped up my sleeves and walked on.
But those younger T-dolls are playing in the yard, with joy.
“Hmm… So, you will have to help me to make some apple pies, right?” looking at those kids, she said.
Indeed, it's Thanksgiving, and probably it’s hard to satisfy her by just roasting a turkey. However, I did not realize that this task is way harder than my imagination. Peeling thousands of apples, removing their cores and smashing it, it’s a really hard work for a man who works in an office whole day.
Meanwhile, Springfield is pouring bags of brown sugar and maple syrup into that oaken tub, humming some random tunes while mixing them up.
“Wow...who are you going to feed with so many apple pies?” I said, with a sigh, and look at those apples. feels like that they have multiplied twice than 10minutes before.
“You don’t get a chance like this every day. By the way, why don’t we make some cider as well? Some hot cider with vanilla would be excellent for Christmas.”
I look at her smile which seems a bit scary. Is that some kind of revenge? For the game last week?
That was the week 6 game. The Seattle Seahawks--the team which I support, beat The New England Patriots with the score 24-23. After that game, as a big fan of the local team, this dear girl who born in Massachusetts tried to use her eyes to kill me for a long time. It was not until a couple of days before when she was willing to talk to me normally...
“It's true that Seahawks was having an edge...” I whispered to myself.
“WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?”
Yea, that must be the reason.
It seems as if history had played a joke on us. The date was also the day when the Allied Forces decided to invade Normandy, the"D-day", June 6th. At that time, I was the chief officer on a Wasp-class LHD. And my mission was to send our troopers, make sure their boots on the ground. I can’t forget the gloomy sky at that day. The dark, heavy clouds were smashing the sky. The wind whistled, with freezing water splashing into cabins.
The Air Force was unable to back us up under that circumstances. And if a tactical withdraw was called, those choppers of the Army's had zero ability to EVAC our girls.
Yes, I knew these "Tactical Doll" girls are much more combat-worthy than any other human soldiers who keep training all year round. But I can't treat these girls as any other non-human being.
These girls were sitting side by side in the cockpit, with combat gears on, firearms in hands. And they were about to rush into the battlefield filled with enemies as lethal as they were.
Maybe I should report the status to the captain. "Fifteen minutes to nav point!"
However, what I heard was the order of attack.
I lowered my hat visor:
"Well deck check! Landing crafts ready! All hands on board!"
Sacrifices can't end a war.
I shook my thoughts off. Those enemies never shy away from a fight. I just needed to do my job--Send our girls to the shore, safely.
I heard the roar of our jets and huge sounds of bombs dashing into the sea.
Only those naval aviation nuts dare to provide air support in a storm. Now our intention has been completely compromised. If we get any closer, their coastal defense will tear us apart.
Yes, we are getting closer and closer.
To the enemies. To the battle.
I was waiting for the green light.
However, something caught my eyes. A girl stepped up to the front side. I can see her beautiful tawny hairs hiding under the helmet. She stood on the top of a landing craft.
She had everyone's attention.
What she was singing was the national anthem of the country. Everyone stood up with their right hands on their chests, heads held high.
"What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?"
"Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,"
Everyone was singing with her. At that moment, I can hear nothing but their chorus.
"O' er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?"
"And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,"
"Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there."
"Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,"
"O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
That girl raised her right arm, what she was holding an M1903 Springfield rifle. The wooden stock and the blued barrel was somehow... glowing.
"They can have it all," She shouted.
"From MY COLD DEAD HAND!"
"From OUR COLD DEAD HANDS!" Girls shouted.
"Let's get Oscar MIke!" In the end, I roared, with anger and every piece of my strength.
"Nice dream hah, kid?" The girl with tawny hair stood in front of the oven, smiling while taking off her apron.
Why is she able to catch my every single embarrassing moment I have?
"I’ve told you don’t call me like that……."
"As you wish, my dear commander."
Ahh... She is teasing me again. I can tell from that smiling face.
I sigh deeply.
Time flies. From Naval Special Warfare Command to Griffin&Kruger, I have overcome many difficulties. Sangvis-Ferris wanted to kill me; Those bureaucrats wanted me to stop shooting and start dancing.
The only one I can’t deal with is this girl who always tricks me around with a smile.
Glass went ping. Bottles turned empty.
She is the one who is careful in whatever she does, the one who never wrinkle her uniform, the one who seems to be able to deal with anything without any trouble.
She is the one who loves beer and Bourbon but always gets drunk easily, and then tipsily argues with me which team is stronger.
I am the kid who has a crush, no, fall in love with her.
Whether her smile while cooking, her calmness when facing trouble, or her rage towards enemies, and even her regretfully tears she didn't want to show anyone after that ambush.
"Chop-chop girls, time for dinner!" She calls to those younger girls--or Tactical Dolls if you like--playing in the backyard.
The only source of light in the kitchen is a dimming lamp and the crackling flame in the oven. Holding the empty bottle which is still cold, I am enjoying the remaining peaceful time before naughty kids come back.
"What are you waiting for? Give me a hand~" She said, walking to the kitchen. The stove is opened, then the great smell of apple pies fills the air within a second.
I put plates on the long table, "May I have a taste first, sis Springfield?" I said to the girl behind me.
I had a glance at those freshly baked pies. The image of baked butter and syrup on the surface has branded on my pupils. I am pretty sure she is really proud of this recipe. The extremely tempting smell of cider is rising with hot steam, infiltrating my starving body.
“Hmm, no way. Unless you take it FROM-MY-COLD-DEAD-HANDS.”
She whispered into my ear.
I immediately turned around, only to see her smiling face as if she had seen through my mind.
I try to control every single piece muscle on my face, struggling to show I still got the slightest bit of calm with me.
"Hum... "She masks her mouth with her hand, "You really think that I would forget your silly face on that day? I had never seen a sailor who shouts so loudly before."
"Hey! " I wish I could know what my face looks like right now.
"Hahahaha, what a funny kid." She turned around to hide her face. But she can't hide the joyful tone of pranking me in her voice.
Then suddenly, she stopped laughing and turned back to me.
I have never seen that smile on her face before.
“But...yea, pretty handsome, I have to admit.”
I can finally feel my face now.
It's burning. I guess the color may just like her apple pies.
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