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Harrington and Richardson M4


Combat Aviator Bolt-Action Survival Rifle


United States | 1949



"The M4 Survival Rifle was a USAF development of the Cold War period and issued to American aviators as an game-hunting survival weapon."



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One of the greatest dangers facing combat pilots is being downed over enemy territory. Having survived the ensuing crash, the pilot must then survive long enough to be rescued in some fashion. In the period following World War 2 (1939-1945), the United States Air Force (USAF) teamed with Harrington and Richardson Arms to develop a portable, small-caliber bolt-action-rifle for issuance to American aviators for the purpose of hunting game - this initiative producing the "M4 Survival Rifle". The company was founded in 1871 and is still in existence today (2022).

Based in the company's existing M265 sporting gun, the M4 was chambered in .22 Hornet and intended for the hunting of varmint-sized animals. It was operated through a manually-actuated bolt-action system (the lever set over the right side of the frame) and its overall arrangement was largely conventional. Design features included a 14"-long smooth, rounded barrel assembly (detachable), fixed iron sights fore and aft (blade and peep, respectively), wire pistol grip and trigger unit, magazine feed, and collapsing wire frame shoulder stock.

Weighing approximately 4 lb, the rifle could be made to have a smaller footprint by sliding the wire stock forwards along channeled blocks affixed to either side of the frame. The detachable magazine (taken from the Savage Stevens M23D) held four ready-to-fire cartridges.

The guns were manufactured in 1949 to the tune of 29,344 units solely for the USAF and Canada. The series was eventually superseded by the "M6 Aircrew Survival Weapon" (detailed elsewhere on this site) of similar battlefield scope.

An example of the M4 Survival Rifle is showcased behind glass at the armory exhibit of the United States Air Force Armament Museum in Florida.

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Physical
The physical qualities of the Harrington and Richardson M4. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
812 mm
31.97 in
O/A Length
356 mm
14.02 in
Barrel Length
3.97 lb
1.80 kg
Weight
Manually-Actuated Bolt-Action System.
Action
.22 Hornet
Caliber(s)
4-round detachable box magazine.
Feed
Iron rear peep with front blade.
Sights
Performance
Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Harrington and Richardson M4. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
4
Rounds-Per-Minute
Rate-of-Fire
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Harrington and Richardson M4 Combat Aviator Bolt-Action Survival Rifle family line.
M4 Survival Rifle - Base Series Designation.
Operators
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Contractor(s): Harrington and Richardson Arms - USA
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