this is my first thoughts on building up an M1917 with period glass. it's not quite what i'd consider a cohesive plan, yet, tho, so i'd like to get some input from the hide experts.
i know that there were no historical M1917 sniper rifles. there were some prototypes built designated M1918 using eastman kodak scopes, but the great war ended before that contract could gather steam and after the war springfield armory would brook no competitors.
i have a fantastic M1917 that i'm having a devil of a time shooting. when i was younger, i could force my eyes to focus well enough to shoot straight, and mine is a shooter. however, i'm dealing with a defect in my lens that my age is starting to really have problems overcoming. i've pretty much given up shooting irons in across the course service rifle competition (still shooting under NRA rule 3.3.4 which allows glass).
i enjoyed shooting my M1917, but the thin blade just sort of disappears on me now. thus, i'm thinking hard about having some work done to it to shoot with period glass.
i'm thinking of drilling and tapping the receiver and barrel to accept bases in the way the unertls were mounted to the M1903s with O and E bases. basraboy's thread on building up a USMC M1903 sniper rifle has motivated me.
yes, i know that there were no official sniper conversions with the unertl glass for the M1917, however, this would make the rifle shootable again for me and i'd like to shoot matches in the vintage sniper class.
has anyone attempted to mount the 8x unertl onto an M1917? if so, how did you do it? are there any bases that i can buy that would work or will i need to make them myself?
i know only a little about the P14 system and know nothing about how one would go about finding parts and modifying the receiver to accept them. however, with the greatest respect to our brit cousins, i'd like to start off and try to build an american system first.
if putting a unertl on an M1917 is an insane idea, then, well, let me know. if there are other period alternatives i would be open to considering them, as well.