M1903A3 Springfield Rifle - Smith-Corona -1943
Curio & Relic, Very Nice, Yes-Cartouche's on the stock
- Condition NRA or Other EXCELLENT-NRA MODERN
- FFL Item Yes
- FFL Dealer Listed No
- Item # 189406
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This is a very nice M1903A3 made by Smith-Corona for the US Government for World War II. This is a later model of the 1903 Springfield, a 30-06 weapon, and a very fine shooter and a nice collectible.
This appears to be an original stock and mostly correct original parts. S/N 3659677 (The upper swivel appears to be Remington), and
***(one exception on the stock), while its the original stock, see the two pictures of the fore end, looks like somebody in the trenches, could not easily reassemble the gun, and whittled the fore-end off slightly with a knife. I never even noticed this when I bought this gun in person from a fellow, just an FYI. But my opinion is that this is " GI issue provenance", no collector would do this and leave the rest of the rifle as is.
Please review the pictures closely. This 1903A3 listing is one of many that will be listed here, each will standout by condition, which armory manufactured it and the S/N which will give the approximate year of manufacture. (1941-1944)
As stated in other listings, I am in the process of reducing my collection substantially.
More about the M1903 (1903A3)
The M1903 Springfield, formally the United States Rifle, Caliber .30-06, Model 1903, is an American five-round magazine fed, bolt-action service repeating rifle, used primarily during the first half of the 20th century.
It was officially adopted as a United States military bolt-action rifle on June 19, 1903, and saw service in World War I. It was officially replaced as the standard infantry rifle by the faster-firing semi-automatic eight-round M1 Garand starting in 1936. However, the M1903 Springfield remained in service as a standard issue infantry rifle during World War II, since the U.S. entered the war without sufficient M1 rifles to arm the troops.
For a while in the early part of WWII Remington made Remington Model1903's, M1903 production was discontinued in favor of the M1903A3. The most noticeable visual difference in the M1903A3 was the replacement of the barrel-mounted rear sight with a smaller, simpler aperture rear sight mounted on the rear of the receiver; it was primarily adopted in order to speed familiarization by soldiers already trained on the M1 Garand, which had a similar sighting system.
Other modifications included a new stamped cartridge follower, all stock furniture was also redesigned in stamped metal. In late 1942, Smith-Corona Typewriter Company also began production of the M1903A3 at its plant in Syracuse, NY. Smith/Corona parts are usually identified by the absence of markings. (from Wikipedia)
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