SOLD FOR: $2,600.00
Model: 1903A4. Sniper Version of the 1903A3
Serial Number: 3426810
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (page 375 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition) Barrel Date: August, 1943
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “U.S. / REMINGTON / MODEL 03-A3” and the right side is marked “3426810”. The top of the barrel is marked “R A / flaming bomb / 8- 43”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “P”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The underside of the bolt handle, the rear of the safety lever, the right rear of the bolt body, magazine disconnect lever, nosecap, stacking loop, front sling loop, and rear sling loop base are all stamped “R” for Remington. The right rear of the bolt body is marked “7 in a box”. The bottom of the grip is marked with a faded “circled P” proof. The left side of the butt is marked “SA in an open bottom box” with “O” below it. This is a post WWII Springfield Armory Rebuild stamp. The area ahead of the bottom metal is marked “5” and with a few small faded inspection stamps.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front and rear sights were not installed in order to facilitate the use of a scope. The front of the barrel has a cutout for the front sight base. The top rear of the receiver has an integral base for the rear sight. The top of the receiver is drilled & tapped with 2 screw holes to secure a scope base. The screws are not included.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece oil stained hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nosecap, stacking loop, barrel band, 2 sling loops, 2 through bolts, cutout for the bolt handle, scallop under the magazine cutoff, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The cutout for the bolt handle is slightly swept to the rear to match the 1903A4’s modified bolt handle. The bottom of the grip has 5 nail heads showing as well as a thin horizontal crack on the left. This area has been repaired. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Several are deep and have damaged small portions of the wood. These marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The two grooved bore is bright; semi bright at the muzzle. The rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The trigger guard shows small scratches. The metal shows a few light scrapes & handling marks. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep & crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This Remington Model 1903A4 Sniper was made back in 1943. It has lots of Remington marked metal parts and its receiver markings are offset to read them with a scope base installed. The rifle’s serial number falls within the 1903A4 serial number range (see page 358 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition). It has a correctly shaped and marked Remington Model 03A4 bolt. The handle is slightly bent upward in an outward curve and excess metal has been trimmed away to allow the bolt handle too fully open with the scope mounted (page 205-206). The rifle has a nice metal finish, strong bright bore and Arsenal Rebuild stamping on the stock. This rifle uses a 2 grooved bore. Remington sniper rifles were made with 2 and 4 groove barrels depending on availability (page 352-353). This Sniper Rifle is properly set up of a one piece scope base and an optic. It is a collectible rifle that will add to a Military or WWII collection. Good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred/sold in California.
NOTE: All C&R eligible and Modern Firearms must be shipped to a California FFL dealer for D.R.O.S. This does not apply to out of state buyers.