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The Ultra-Reinforced DrillMaster Bayonet

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TSgt Carmen Hassell and the proud Airmen of the USAF Honor Guard Supply

It took three months to create the final version of the Ultra-Reinforced DrillMaster bayonet. The DrillMaster worked with the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team and Supply Airmen to create this extremely reinforced bayonet.

The picture below is the final version. extra spot welds and a small plate of steel to reinforce the handle. This DrillMaster Bayonet* is the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team’s new practice bayonet.

DrillMaster Ultra-Reinforced Bayonet

How it Began
An Airman on the current AFHG Drill Team, SrA Jason Black, contacted my about my bayonets since they do not have a sharp edge or point- a much safer alternative than what they use in performances. The issue was training new members of the team and having them more comfortable with not only spinning a rifle, but having a bayonet on the end.

The Welded DrillMaster Bayonet was the answer, or so we thought. That and two more versions broke after training with it for a while. They needed something extremely strong to take the rigors of a new drill team member constantly dropping the rifle without the constant breakage that the team experienced. SrA Gabriel Goldsborough and finally, A1C Johnathen Howard finished the whole process.

You can now benefit from these three months of work and information exchange between the USAF Honor Guard Drill Team and The DrillMaster. Click here to go to the DrillMaster Bayonet page.

*Patent pending


About Rifle Tape Design

Rifle Tape Design- Less is More

A friend of mine, Antonio Carreras, asked for some advice for his rifle tape design. This first picture is what he had accomplished:

Rifle Tape Design

In the picture above you can see black and red tape in horizontal stripes on a white stock (this is the Glendale DrillAmerica 1903 replica rifle- the only rifle available with a white, black or brown stock). This is a great color combination on a white background. Blue would also work well. A lighter color like yellow might work, but only if it has tape of a darker color on either side and even then it may not work all that well with the larger white background.

On with the critique of the picture above I wrote, consistency in tape design would work better. The red-in-black on white is very eye catching. A sling is a must- a sling completes the look of the rifle.

As you can see in the tape design in the first picture, the inconsistency of the design looks a bit confusing. While having the red-in-black in the middle of the rifle, one may be able to pick up either single color in a place here or there, but if it is too far away from the middle, the color use may be lost and look confusing.

Rifle Tape Design

For the second picture I suggested that Antonio may want to remove the tape at the upper sling swivel (less is more). But for him to see what it looks like when spinning, it may be too much color. The key here is seeing what the design looks like when spinning.

School Colors
Many replica rifles come in black and this is the perfect palette on which to create a design. The Army JROTC unit that I’ve worked with on Merritt Island has school colors of gold and black. Yellow tape was perfect for the black Daisy Drill rifles that the male cadets use and the black DrillAmerica Parade Rifles (also available in brown and white) that the female cadets use.

A Spinning Design
Creating a design that looks different or actually reveals a recognizable image during spinning can be a challenge, but it has been accomplished! Eron “Spinsane” Fayson, I friend of mine for a number of years, created the design pictured below. The tape design on the rifle at the bottom of the picture reveals a the number “5” when the rifle is spinning fast enough.

Rifle Tape Design

When Eron developed this design and revealed it to the drill world we were all amazed at how the “5” appeared. It was a first back then, a few years ago, and now needs to be further explored. Notice how the tape is minimal (again, less is more) and works well.

Horizontal stripes all over the rifle don’t necessarily work all that well. Vertical stripes really don’t work at all unless they are strategically placed on the rifle and specifically part of a design. However…

Night drilling?
Do I have an idea for you! A friend of mine works an odd schedule with school taking up most of his time, so he mostly works on his drill routine at night. But he has a black Daisy Drill Rifle. It’s difficult to see. Until now:

Tape a Rifle

Besides the, uh, colorful background, the tape, as you can see, is quite eye-catching and Max, my friend who sent me this picture, really like the look as well as having it help him see the rifle in low light.

Experiment, find your design. Have fun!

Here are some wonderful designs submitted by Omar Zamora, a drill coach and exhibition Driller.

Omar's Rifles1 Omar's Rifles2 Omar's Rifles3 Omar's Rifles4 Omar's Rifles7 Omar's Rifles8 Omar's Rifles9 Omar's Rifles10 Omar's Rifles11 Omar's Rifles12

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You Don’t Really Need to Practice?

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You don’t really need to practice! You will be able to throw a rifle around in just a matter of weeks, especially if you sleep with your drill rifle under your pillow.

OK, enough sarcasm, you need to practice. Every day. For a couple of hours at least and then wake up and do it again. World-class Driller Sam Gozo and I spoke a while ago about a question I received. The question was, “How did Sam Gozo get to be so good?” Years of practice. I knew and judged Sam while he was still in high school and he was very good then. Now, Sam’s work in the box is absolutely stunning at times. How did he get that way? Well, he practiced a little bit here and there and lamented that he was not better and by him being concerned that he was not better, he magically started to get better at drill. NOT! He practiced for countless hours over the last several years- and still practices! It takes time.

The cadets I work with at Merritt Island High School here in Florida here me say “One more time” at every practice and they know that it’s not going to be just that one more time. You need to do the same thing over and over and over and then do it again. Learn a new skill, perfect it and then move on to another skill.

exhibition drill, drill team, drill rifleAre you new to the military drill world? Learn how to stand at Attention, execute facing movements, the rest positions, saluting, static dress and cover, perfect them and then start marching. Learn columns, flanks, dress and cover while marching, perfect them and then pick up a rifle. Learn the basics: Port, shoulder, Present, Order, Sling, perfect them and move on. Learn the Port Spin, single-hand spins, the single toss, double, triple toss. Perfect each and move to the next exhibition/fancy drill move. Learn and perfect. Learn and perfect. The cycle never stops. Do you know why Adam Jeup is so good at performing individual moves? Practice, practice, practice. How did Matt Wendling do so well when he was in high school? Practice! These Drillers didn’t have their skills handed to them on a platter and that moment start drilling with an amazing style and perfect execution, they practiced for years.

exhibition drill, drill team, drill rifleHave you been practicing for a year or so and can’t seem to better yourself? It could be that you need to do more than just practice with a rifle. Weights and aerobic exercise will help with general health and will also help you improve your drill? Are you winded after one intense sequence in your routine and have to stop and rest? Start running and some other aerobic exercise- running through that same sequence back-to-back is also a good way to increase stamina. Do you have shaky muscles or does the rifle jolt your body around? Work your core muscles so that they are nothing but solid.

The point is that it takes months of unending practice; constant repetition and more practice. It is true for the armed or unarmed JROTC Driller or the Olympic athlete.


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The DrillMaster Education and Training System: Filling in the Gaps

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The DrillMaster: Filling in the Gaps Cover

The DrillMaster Education and Training System: Drill Team Training- The DrillMaster: Filling in the Gaps

Knowledge is key: educate yourself!

Drill Team Training: Filling in the gaps for the Exhibition Drill books and the Honor Guard Manual. After publishing these books, questions arose that I answered and ideas came to me, all of which I wrote in articles on my website, thedrillmaster.org. This is a collection of all of those educational articles from 2012. Collected and published to help independent Drillers, drill teams and honor guard units who are seeking to constantly improve and increase their knowledge.

This book accompanies Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team, Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team, Vol II and The Honor Guard Manual.

The Table of Contents
Chapter 1 JUDGING.. 13

The Process of Certification. 14

Becoming a Certified DrillMaster 14

World Drill Association Judge Certification. 14

Regarding Competition. 16

Military Drill Judging. 17

Amazing, Wonderful, Fantastic! 21

Stand Still Laddy! 22

Appreciating Creative Ability. 23

It’s Natural to be Negative. 24

What is Derived Achievement?. 26

The Essence of Judging Military Drill 27

How Drops Affect Scoring. 29

What Happens if you Drop a Rifle During a Drill Team Performance?. 30

What is the “SuperSquad” Competition. 31

Chapter 2 DRILL TEAMS. 33

Thinking Outside the Box. 34

Becoming a Professional Driller 34

Yeah, But He Just Dances. 36

What is a Military Drill Team?. 37

What is “Military Flavor”. 39

Regarding a Driller’s Bearing. 39

Ripple Lines. 41

What is Vocabulary?. 42

How to Expand Your Vocabulary. 43

What is Articulation?. 44

What is Audience Engagement?. 45

Excellence as an Effect 46

Programing, Programing, Programing. 46

Breath Control 48

Why Do We Practice the Way We Do?. 48

Issues to Consider When Designing/Programing a Routine. 50

Does Drill Team Style Matter to Win?. 50

Does Drill Rifle Type Matter?. 51

Learning to Drop. 52

Know What to Say and When to Say it 53

How’s Your Recovery?. 54

Sample Questions for a Drill Competition. 55

Thinking Outside of the Box. 56

Stepping and the Military Drill Team.. 57

The Opening Statement 57

Exhibition Drill Moves. 59

How to Switch Sides During a Column Movement 60

Marching Commands Matrix. 60


The Let Flank and the Column Left 64

The Column Movement 65

The Army Description (TC 3-21.5) 66

Commander Procedures for Column Movements. 70

The Column Half Left (Right) 73

How to Mark Time Properly. 77

Regulation Drill: What I Would Like to See. 78

Chapter 3 HONOR GUARDS. 83

How to Train an Honor Guard. 84

Sweat the Small Stuff 84

Echo and Silver Taps. 86

The Six-Man Flag Fold. 87

POW/MIA Hat Table Ceremony. 88

Can the POW/MIA Flag be in a Color Guard?. 94

All About the POW/MIA Flag and More. 94

The Fallen First Responder Ceremony. 98

How to Adjust During a Performance. 102

The 3-Volley and 21-Gun Salutes. 103

How to Join a Service Honor Guard. 106

Dispelling Tomb Guard “Facts”. 108

“Stop me if you’ve Heard this one…”. 113

How to Fold a Fringed American Flag. 115

All About the Flag on the Casket 115

Honor Guard Competitions: What I’d Like to See. 117

Chapter 4 COLOR TEAM (GUARD) 119

All About the Flagstaff 120

Joint Service Order 121

The Makeup of a Color Team.. 123

When to use The Ceremonial Pike Pole and Fire Axe. 125

Who is in Charge of a Joint Service Color Team?. 126

Authorized Formations for a Color Team.. 127

Color Team Spacing. 129

Color Bearer Port Arms. 130

Every Left On. 131

To Fringe or not to Fringe, That is the question. 133

The Marines Got it Right! 136

American Indian Sovereign Nation Flag Order 137

Can the POW/MIA Flag be in a Color Team?. 138

What is Color Team Exhibition Drill?. 139

“Unarmed” Colors. 139

“Fancy” Right Shoulder?. 140

Can a color team use rifles with bayonets or even use swords or sabers?. 140

Chapter 5 THE AMERICAN FLAG.. 141

Dipping the American Flag. 142

The American Flag at Half-Staff 143

When National Tragedy Strikes. 147

What to do When the Flag Passes. 148

US and POW/MIA Flags at Half-Staff?. 148

Are state flags flown at half-staff on September 11th?. 149

Chapter 6 MOTIVATIONAL. 151

What I strive For 152

Hard Work, Discipline, Desire and….. 152

Discipline at Practice. 152

Chapter 7 TRAINING.. 155

Learning by Word of Mouth. 156

First Step- and Hot to Step Off 156

The Mechanics of the First Step. 157

How to Half Step Properly. 158

How to Train When Not Practicing. 161

Practice Makes Permanent-Feet 162

Practice Makes Permanent- Knees and Hips. 165

Practice Makes Permanent- Shoulders. 165

Balance. 168

Posture. 169

Muscle Memory. 172

Chapter 8 DRILLFIT. 175

DrillFit: The Wood Chopper Exercise Variation with Rifle. 176

DrillFit: Side Bend with Rifle Exercise. 178

Book Exclusive: Exercises with a Rifle. 180


All About Being a Leader 184

New Leader Syndrome. 184

Do You Discourage or Encourage?. 185

Licensing Music For a Performance. 186

The DrillMaster at Nationals. 186

Shoes for the Driller 187

Taps. 189

Competing with the “Best of the Best of the Best”. 189

“May the Best Man Win”. 189

Good Sportsmanship. 190

The Shoulder Cord. 190

How to Write Drill 192

How to Shape a beret 194

The History of the Challenge Coin. 195

Open or Closed Method?. 195

The Four Temperament Types. 196

Taller Tap. 200

“As I Was!”. 201

Roman Drill and Where Some of Our Commands Come From.. 201

A Short History of American Military Drill 202

How to Prepare for a Competition. 203

How to Hold the Rifle While at Either Shoulder 205

Calling Commands. 206

Copy or Version?. 207

The DrillMaster Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) 208

Twitter hash Tags for the Military Drill World. 209

What do you Want to be When You Grow Up?. 210


Color Team.. 212

If the Colors are cased would you dip the flag during a salute?. 212

Colors and Spacing. 212

What Makes a Color Team Good?. 213

How Many Flags can a JROTC Color Team Carry?. 214

Can the Army color guard perform in the dark?. 214

Do military color guards use real bayonets?. 215

What side is the American flag and rifles when marching?. 215

What are the AFJROTC regulations  for flying flag at half-staff?. 215

What is the size of the staff for an Army color guard?. 215

Does a guidon need a pike if it’s outside?. 215

When on a color team and at Parade Rest, do you lean the flagstaffs forward like a guidon?. 216

Does a service color guard swing their arms while marching?. 216

When is US flag dipped?. 216

Why are the rifles carried on the outside shoulder in a military color guard?. 216

Can a Color Team use pistols?. 216

What are the facing movements a color team (color guard) can make?. 216

When Should One Call Cadence?. 217

Drill Team.. 217

Team Training Difficulties. 217

Are there AFROTC exhibition drill regulations?. 218

What are the JROTC Standards for Earning a Color Guard Shoulder Cord?. 218

The Flank and the Slide. 218

What is the Straight-Leg Marching Technique?. 218

Where Can I Find a Complete List of Exhibition Drill Moves?. 219

Writing Drill 219

Who Makes the Rifles That Drill Teams Use?. 221

Ask the DrillMaster: Instructors for Military Exhibition Drill?. 223

What are the Restrictions  on Buying JROTC parade/drill  replica 19 03 Rifle?. 223

How can we make our JROTC drill team better?. 224

How do you Instill Esprit de Corps?. 224

Are Drill Team Bayonets Sharp?. 224

Who Manufactures  the Mark 1 Parade Rifle?. 225

Can I use an M1 Rifle for Exhibition Drill?. 225

Is it Illegal to use a Bayonet on a Drill Rifle?. 225

Is the Guidon Bearer the Pivot Point?. 225

Are Springfield  1903 demilitarized  rifles legal?. 225

What are pivots in marching band?. 225

From India: why is drill necessary in the armed forces?. 226

How do you make a drill team better?. 226

How can I learn the drills for JROTC faster?. 226

Is the Glendale M1903 rifle better than a Daisy Drill Rifle?. 226

How do you Train a CAP Drill Team?. 227

I need “how-tos” for rifle Exhibition Moves. 227

Where can I buy a Daisy Drill Rifle in [insert your town, city or state?] 227

How much trouble can you get in if you drop your gun in drill team?. 227

When stepping off, when do you use your right foot first?. 228

Our Drill Team commander says our rifles weigh 12 pounds. 228

What is the difference between Regulation Drill and Exhibition Drill?. 228

What can one do at Order Arms?. 228

I’m starting a drill team and am in need of some ideas. 229

Exhibition Drill Synch Question. 229

Honor Guard. 230

How do I start an honor guard?. 230

If the American flag is at half-mast where is the state flag?. 230

Why do military honor guard march toe-first?. 230

The number of members in an honor guard can range from?. 231

Is the POW/MIA table required at holiday parties?. 231

When is the POW/MIA table and/or script required in the Navy?. 231

What does the Bible represent on the fallen comrade table?. 231

Sprinkling on the Flag?. 231

The Flag as a Receptacle?. 232

Mounted Flag Questions. 232

What is the Difference Between the Marine Color Guard and Honor Guard?. 232

What are the qualifications  for a JROTC honor guard?. 232

How do you sew honor guard aiguillette onto enlisted USAF service coat?. 233

What are the requirements for an Army 15 gun volley at funeral?. 233

What is the AF Honor Guard arm swing?. 233

Do all armed forces stand watch over caskets?. 233

Can Echo (Silver) Taps be played by one person?. 233

Can honor guard members still wear metal taps after service on the honor guard?. 233

How does one call cadence for honor guard?. 234

What are the responsibilities  of an honor guard flight leader?. 234

Competition. 234

The WDA Adjudication System.. 234

Competing in Rounds. 234

What’s graded at a drill competition?. 235

What does one need to run a drill meet?  235


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The DrillMaster Education and Training System: Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team, Vol II

Drill team training: Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team, Vol II
The Second Book for drill team training: Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team, Vol II

The DrillMaster Education and Training System: Drill Team Training- Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team, Vol II
The follow-up to Exhibition Drill for the Military Drill Team. Where the first book left off, Volume II gives you in-depth and broader information. Continue your education with the second book in the only series for drill team training.

A reader’s review: Exhibition Drill For The Military Drill Team, Vol II, is an excellent resource for those who have very little to no drill experience and yet still contains information for those experienced in drill. Volume II is written in an easy to understand style and is directed towards instructors and cadets. It contains all you ever wanted to know about drill and maybe more. One could actually build a team from scratch using Volumes I and II and be extremely competitive

The Table of Contents

The Professional Driller 9

Exhibition Drill: Building from the Foundation. 9

Things to consider for a performance: 10

Reporting-in or -out: 11

Speaking When Spoken To. 12

Uniform and Equipment How-To’s, Care and Maintenance. 13

But, how do I really make a routine?. 15

Performing to Music. 21

The Commander: Rifle or Sword/Saber?. 22

Offering Feedback. 22

Terminology: 23

Which Service Has The Best Drill Team? The Final Answer! 25

Exhibition Drill in the Movies. 26


How to Teach Drillers. 27

Teaching Methods. 27

Go From the Known to the Unknown: 27

Dangerous Moves. 28

Time. 28

The Armed Driller’s Secret to Learning Faster 28

Progression in Rifle Weight?. 28

New Routine or Same Old-Same Old?. 29


Nomenclature. 30

Making a “Spraisy” & Where to Buy. 35

Replacement Stocks/Parts. 35

Sanding Your Rifle. 36

Painting Your Rifle. 37

Why Use a Sling?. 38

Taping a Rifle. 38

Rifle Sound. 39

How to Count Revolutions/Rotations. 39

Bayonets. 39

Spinning with a Bayonet 40

I Dropped! Now What?. 41

“Flow”: Free and Bound Movement 41

Beginning Exhibition Rifle Moves. 42


XDNotation: 57

Category: Prefix Symbols. 57

Category: Armed Regulation. 59

Category: Unarmed Regulation. 60

Category: Unarmed Exhibition Moves, Above the Waist 61

Category: Armed/Unarmed Exhibition Moves. 62

Category: Armed Spin Stops, Single-Hand. 64

Category: Armed Spin Stops, Two-Hands. 64

Category: Armed Exchanges. 65

Category: Armed Rolls. 66

Category: Armed Spins. 67

Category: Armed Aerials. 69

Category: Armed Specialty. 69


Writing Movement for your Drill Team.. 73

Design Information: 73

Using the Routine Mapping Tool 74

Ripple Lines. 74

Muscle Action Types. 74

Joint Motion Directions. 74

Movement Planes. 75

Effort Changes: 75

Principles of Movement 75

The Effects of Movement 77

Driller Responsibilities. 79

Axes and Planes: X, Y and Z. 80

Marching Better 84

Articulation. 89

Exercise for the Driller 89

Posture. 91


Color Team Commands. 92

Mounting a Flag on a Flagstaff 93

Standard Colors Post 95

“Diamond” Colors Presentation. 95

The Process of Posting the Colors. 96

The Position of Honor 100

What NOT to do. 100


Suggestions for you and your team: 102

Tips. 103


Middle School Military Drill Class Course Description. 105

High School Military Drill Class Course Description. 107


Lesson Plan Overview: Initial Training. 110

Lesson Plan Overview: Advanced Training and Judging Basics. 110

Lesson Plan Overview: Advanced Judging. 110

Lesson Plan I: Standing Manual 111

Lesson Plan II: Manual of Arms. 114

Lesson Plan III: Manual of the Flagstaff 117

Lesson Plan IV: Manual of the Sword/Saber 119

Lesson Plan V: Manual of the Guidon. 121

Lesson Plan VI: Cordon Procedures. 123

Lesson Plan VII: Routine Creation and Movement Principles. 125

Lesson Plan VIII: WDA Judging System Overview.. 127

Lesson Plan IX: Overall Effect 129

Lesson Plan X: Composition Analysis. 131

Lesson Plan XI: Individual Analysis: Equipment and Movement 133

Lesson Plan XII: Regulation Drill 135

Lesson Plan XIII: Competition Logistics, Timing and Penalties and Tabulation. 137

Lesson Plan XIV: So, You Want to Be a Judge. 140

Lesson Plan XV: The Process of Assigning Scores. 142

Lesson Plan XVI: Accountability. 144

Lesson Plan XVII: The Principle and Process of Achievement 146

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Which Drill Rifle is Better: Glendale or Daisy?

This article could be easily based on bias: Joes Rivas, the owner of Glendale Industries, is a friend of mine. I could say that his rifle is the best, but I won’t, I’m going to let you make the decision after listing the pros of each rifle:

The Daisy Drill Rifle 1903
The Daisy Drill Rifle M1903 Replica

The Daisy Drill Rifle has been around the longest, so Daisy goes first.

The Daisy Drill Rifle was the first M1903A3 replica to be mass produced on a very wide scale specifically for drill. It is a very durable toy rifle (yes, legally, it is nothing more than a toy). The Daisy has been replacing JROTC demilitarized rifles (M1, M14 & M1903) now for several years and cadets have been using it just as long with great benefits. The parts are even interchangeable with a real M1903 rifle. The stock comes in a black resin only. If you damage the stock, scars can be sanded and even filled-in. What’s not to like?

Well, here is a point to not like: rust. The Daisy’s metal parts are bare, just like a real rifle, and are subject to rusting. The schools I work with in Florida, store their rifles in rooms that are not air conditioned in the summer and that moisture builds up and rust is the outcome. You then have to disassemble the rifles, sand the rust and oil or paint the metal and then put it back together. The stock is also slippery. Tape is usually the workaround for this, but it’s still not the best surface for gripping if you don’t want to tape it.

DrillAmerica M1903
The Glendale DrillAmerica M1903 Replica

The Glendale DrillAmerica M1903 Rifle

The newest addition (Aug 2012) to the replica industry, the DrillAmerica M1903, in many respects, is like the Daisy. Here are some differences: all of the metal parts are painted black (no rust!) or, and this is a huge plus, the rifle comes in chrome! The stock comes with a wood grain-like finish and, another big plus, the upper band comes with a bayonet lug! It is a truly beautiful piece of equipment. The stock is smooth, but not as slippery as the Daisy and easy to grip. What’s not to like with this rifle too?

Here’s something that may be not pleasing: the stock. If you damage the stock, you’ve just scarred the wood grain layer and that cannot be fixed to look the same. Of course, you can completely sand down the stock and paint it whatever color you wish (as you can with the Daisy). Some individuals think the DrillAmerica is the “wrong color.” UPDATE (June 1015): There are now three stock colors! and Glendale also has new stocks with reformulated resins to create a virtually unbreakable stock!

What’s DrillMaster’s choice? I own a Daisy Drill Rifle and I like it. It’s a good, solid rifle and I’ve been working on mine to make it black and gold and attach an upper band with a bayonet lug. I’m going to use it as my tinker rifle, since I cannot physically spin anymore. For the pluses listed above and the sheer beauty of the rifle, I’m going with the DrillAmerica M1903, of which I own three, as my choice for performances. I can attach a DrillMaster Bayonet to it right away. I’ll deal with the scarred stocks when they happen.

And, the DrillAmerica M1903 is $70 less in black and $130 less in chrome.

Assembling and Disassembling the Daisy Drill Rifle M1903 Replica

This is simply an excellent job. THe only thing I could suggest would be close up views at certain points in the video. Having said that, this is a must see video for all Daisy Drill Rifle owners!


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Painting a Daisy Drill Rifle

Well, I did it. I bought a used Daisy Drill Rifle and decided to see what it would be like to paint it. I wanted to go through the process, learn what to do and then share it here. Here we go!

If you have a new rifle, follow the directions below. If your rifle has a couple of dings, gouges or scratches, you can sand down the scratches and, if you want, you can fill in the gouges and even deep scratches with a sandable epoxy (do not use a regular epoxy, it has hundreds of little bubbles in it- I know…), let it dry and then sand it down ready for priming.

You must be patient during this process, it takes a couple of days at least!

Start by taking the rifle apart (you need a Philips screwdriver, Allen wrenches), wiping it down with a damp rag, letting it all dry and then spraying all of the pieces with primer. Spray one side and let the primer dry for an hour or so and then spray the other side. You must make sure that the primer is dry! The only way to paint the round swivel nuts was to put them on a pair of needle nose pliers(third picture)


Epoxy filled and sanded ready for primer:

The Upper hand guard of the rifle I purchased has a split in it and I decided I would try to epoxy it together and see if that would work- It didn’t. However, I did drill small holes into either side of the split, put epoxy along both sides of the split and put pieces of a paperclip in the holes for the epoxy to hold on to. It’s a fair job and suffices, but I really need to replace this piece. Here is a picture of the holes I drilled.

The epoxied pieces and the epoxy filler for the gouges. The upper hand guard pieces are already painted because I tested the paint I wanted to use on them.

Here is the end result after putting the rifle back together, not the most desirable look, but it was worth testing.

After one coat of primer, wipe down with a damp rag and start painting. I decided to paint everything on my rifle and use a black and gold color theme: all the metal pieces gold and all of the resin pieces (the stock) glossy black (I used Krylon Fusion For Plastic). I also painted all of the metal pieces, even the parts that do not show, to prevent rust.

In the picture below, you can also see a flagstaff ferrule (the bottom piece of a flagstaff) that I painted silver toward the bottom of the picture. I’m trying to figure the best way to paint silver pieces to avoid the high costs of re-plating scratched chromed metal pieces. All post an article on that soon.

A note on a top coating: I tried a clear gloss (Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch), but would recommend what Driller Sam Gozo uses: several coats of polyurethane to make incidental dings as unnoticeable as possible.

OK, the metal parts are all painted and one thing I discovered is that the upper and lower retaining bands, where the sling and stacking swivels are attached, should not be painted at the bolt holes so that you can reattach the swivel pieces. Use painter’s tape on the butt plate to not paint the bottom. You can paint the bottom black.


For the Retaining Bands, don’t paint the area indicated in the circle since, as you can see it chips off anyway.

I let all of the pieces sit overnight between coatings of paint and clear gloss so it took a few days to get everything painted and dried and then coated and dried and then put back together.

When you put the rifle back together, be careful so as not to remove the paint on the stock!


Pieces Parts: M1, M1903 and M14 Drill Rifle, DrillAmerica, Daisy Drill Rifle parts

Pieces Parts: M1, M1903 and M14 Drill Rifle, DrillAmerica, Daisy Drill Rifle parts

This is Drill Life: rifles break or lose a ***. Where does a Driller go to find parts for his/her rifle? Need a *** plate for your M1? An upper band with a bayonet lug for your Daisy Drill Rifle? Look no further!

If you have a demilitarized M1 Garand, M1903, DrillAmerica 1903 or a Daisy Drill Rifle, Numrich Gun Parts Corporation, Old Western Scrounger SARCO, Inc. (a direct SARCO link for a set of 1903 parts: E-SARCO), Liberty Tree Collectors and Battlefield Relics (BFR) are your best choices for parts.

“I need an upper band with a bayonet lug for a 1903!” OK, See this article.

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Armed Exhibition Drill Rifles for Sale

How to buy a demilitarized Rifle
It’s relatively easy to purchase a demilitarized (demil’d) rifle from the the companies below. If you already have a Federal Firearms License (FFL), then you can order the rifle straight from the company. If you do not have an FFL, you can go to your local gun dealer and explain the situation to them, they will give you paperwork and you will pay a fee to have the rifle delivered to the dealer (who has an FFL) who will then give the rifle to you.

“Theatrical Replicas”
Replica rifles that are not created specifically for spinning/drill, could be a hazard waiting to happen. Real rifles are made from steel and wood, plastic or a resin composite. Theatrical replica rifles are usually not made from steel, but from zinc or another cheaper, softer metal that MAY NOT hold up to slams and the rough use that happens with exhibition drill. An example of this type of rifle is here: http://replicaweaponry.com/ and hwww.collectorsarmoury.com/. Denix of Spain is one of the theatrical replica rifle makers. They are great to look at, but exhibition drill is almost impossible since the wood and metal are weak.

Demilitarized Rifles (Demils):
Dupage Trading Company

Battlefield Relics call them too: (912) 966-1900 <— Best Choice!

Old Western Scrounger

Sarco Inc.

You can also visit:
The Gun Broker

Excellent replica M1 Garands: http://www.keystonearsenal.com/shop/?cat=5 Their Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Garand-Replica-Rifle-Full-Size/dp/B001J5MOCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1303274173&sr=8-1

Inert Products: http://www.inertproducts.com/inc/sdetail/1339/4852 (great “Rubber Duck” M14, metal barrel with bayonet lug)

Replica Rifles for Drillers
The Daisy Drill Rifle (replica 1903A3)

The Glendale DrillAmerica (replica M1 Garand)

The Glendale DrillAmerica (replica M1903A3)

Training Rifles (Red/Blue Guns)
Thanks to Matt Rogers for this info:

1903 Springfield 03A3 (Approx 8.5lbs.)

Old Western Scrounger Price 199.95
WWII 1903-A3 Military drill Rifle – NO FFL OR NICS NEEDED! These U.S. surplus 1903-A3 drill rifles are all complete, all original parts with original finish with rare Navy issue wood grain synthetic stocks. These guns have their barrels plugged and welded, boltface and cutoffs welded as well and the lower chambers removed to render them permanently deactivated so they can be sold WITHOUT AN FFL OR NICS CHECK! Both the complete rear sight and front sight blade has been removed by the government to ensure they do not cut the hands during the manual of military arms.
Picture: OWS 1903

Battlefield Relics || Price 450.00 (Standard Bluing) 550.00 (Fully Chromed)

M-1903/A3, S161DMIL, Springfield Demilitarized Drill Rifle. With functional bolt, safety, trigger and cut-off. Available in wood or synthetic stocks and hand guards. BFR 1903 CHROMED

Sarco Inc. 1903A3 Demils Price $249.00 – $419.00

From the outside you cannot tell these rifles have been changed except for the weld spot on the cut off. These rifles are perfect for a gun room display, reenactors, enhancements for your military vehicle, or just WWI or WWII nostalgia. A perfect gift for a youngster who is not old enough to have a firing military rifle. All parts function and click perfectly except the bolt stop.

1903 Springfields will be Springfield Armory or Rock Island Armory. 1903A3’s will be Remington or Smith Corona. You may choose and we will ship that model if available at no extra charge – however this is not guaranteed.

Not for Sale to Puerto Rico, NY, MN, WI, KS, CT, MA, or CA Sarco 1903A3

Daisy Model 1903 Drill Rifle Replica (Approx. 8.5lbs.)

Daisy 1903 Drill Rifle Price Approx 280$

At first glance, the Daisy drill rifle looks like a fully functional 1903-A1 Springfield rifle with a black synthyetic stock. But the only feature this rifle shares with a firearm is the opening bolt. The design and durable steel components and synthetic stock make this drill rifle capable of withstanding the abuse that is inherent in drill team use. (Approx 100-150$ more, A Chromed Version can be Purchased.)
Picture: Daisy 1903 Replica (Black)

To ORDER Contact Daisy at:
Daisy Outdoor Products
P.O. Box 220
Rogers, Arkansas
Or Order Over Phone: (800) 643-3458

Demilitarized M1 Garands

BattleField Relics Price 450$(Standard Bluing) 550$ (Fully Chromed)
With functional bolt, trigger, safety and cut-off. Available in wood or synthetic stocks or hand guards.

Mailing Address:
P.O.Box 306
Savannah, GA 31402-0306

Telephone: (912) 966-1900
(912) 966-1901

Civilian Markmanship Program Price $345.00

By law, the CMP can sell surplus military firearms, ammunition, parts and other items only to members of CMP affiliated clubs who are also U.S. citizens, over 18 years of age and who are legally eligible to purchase a firearm.

A listing of affiliated organizations can be found by clicking on our Club Search web page at http://clubs.odcmp.c…/clubSearch.cgi. (Please Check This For Your JROTC Unit)

If you have any difficulty in locating a club, please contact the CMP at 256-835-8455 or by emailing CMP Customer Service. We will find one for you. In addition to shooting clubs, the CMP also has several special affiliates. Membership in these organizations satisfies our requirement for purchase.

These special affiliates include: Congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations such as the VFW, AL, DAV, MCL, etc. U.S. Military services (active or reserves), National Guard, to include retirees. Professional 501©3 law enforcement organizations and associations such as the FOP, NAPO, NSA, etc.

Fits the description of our Rack Grade with the additions of: gas cylinder lock *** is welded to lock and gas cylinder, barrel is drilled, plugged and welded at chamber mouth. Barrel is welded to the receiver, firing pin hole is welded closed on bolt face. Rifle wear will be exhibited by worn and mixed colors of the finish; there may be some pitting on the metal parts; wood will be basically sound but may be well used with minor hairline cracks, poor fit, and many dings, scratches and gouges; wood may not match in color, type of wood or condition. Wood may be Walnut, Birch, Beech or other variety.

Replica M1 Garand Approx. 8.5lb

DrillAmerica M1 Price $134.95

The DrillAmerica® rifle is the only available weapon of its type, weight, and balance for parades, drill, and competitions. Thousands of individuals are using this rifle for drill teams, honor guards, color guards – active duty military personnel, reservists, veterans, cadets, law enforcement personnel and firefighters.

•It is the first 8.5-pound balanced drill rifle in the United States.
•Length is 43”.
•The DrillAmerica® rifle is made of high-impact plastic with a wood-grain appearance and exterior chromed metal parts.
•The basic rifle has a one-piece bolt with no moving parts and a trigger that “clicks” for effect.
•An interchangeable moving bolt or a safety bolt without a handle may be purchased separately.
•All bolts can be engraved at $15 each – 24 characters maximum.
•Each rifle has a reversible black rubber pad and a metal plate.
•There is no bayonet lug.


Springfield 1903A3 – Parts Diagram
E-Gun Parts
Sarco A3 Parts
Sarco CHROME Springfield Parts
Bill Ricca
North Ridge (M1 Garand parts)
Ernst Armory

M1 Garand – Parts Diagram (M1 Garand)
Fulton Armory
M1 Garand Rifle
RA Parts

M1 Drill America Parts
Springfield 1903A3 Parts Diagram
M1 Garand Parts Diagram (M1 Garand)
Fulton Armory
M1 Garand Rifle
RA Parts
Amherst Depot

M14 Diagram
http://www.fulton-armory.com/MAParts.htm#Parts Fulton Armory
http://www.smithenterprise.com/products03.html Smith Enterprise
http://www.fredsm14stocks.com/catalog/parts.asp Freds M14 Stocks/Parts
http://www.m1garandrifle.com/M14parts.htm M14

M1 Drill America – http://www.paradestore.com/images/DrillAmericaParts.jpg Diagram
Daisy 1903 Replica – http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp312/Blakplague92/DCEEE/gview.png Diagram

http://i423.photobucket.com/albums/pp312/Blakplague92/DCEEE/gview.png Parts Listings


The DrillMaster Bayonet

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