SOLD FOR: $1,225
Make: Springfield Armory
Serial Number: 469087
Year of Manufacture: 1911 (page 374 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition) Barrel Date: July, 1944
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / MODEL 1903 / 469087”. The top of the Remington replacement barrel is marked “R A / flaming bomb / 7 – 44”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “P”. The front sight is marked “R” for Remington. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The top of the bolt handle is marked with an “X”. The bottom of the bolt handle shows a punch mark and is marked with a “2”. The bottom of the bayonet lug is marked “H”. The right side of the stock is marked “U U U / 1 3 9”. The bottom of the butt is painted “2”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade atop a barrel mounted base. The rear sight is a “U” notched blade attached to a fully adjustable sight ladder marked from “3-27”. When flipped up separate notches and an aperture on the ladder can be used for sighting.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a straight grip, metal nosecap, stacking loop, 2 sling loops, barrel band, 2 reinforcing pins, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate has been coated with lacquer that shows discoloration. Portions of the lacquer have been scrapped off. The butt plate shows scratches and a brown patina. The nosecap shows scrapes. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many of these marks have damaged portions of the surface wood. Most of these marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 12 ¾ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild.
Bore Condition: The 2 grooved bore is mostly bright; semi bright approaching the muzzle. The rifling is sharp. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The barrel & front sight show a few light scrapes. The receiver and bottom metal each show scrapes, small scratches, and discoloration from oxidation. The bottom metal also shows thinning and some pin prick surface erosion. The screw heads show heavy use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The safety lever is stuck in the “SAFE” position. We did not try to force it. It may just need some penetrating oil, but we can’t be sure. Have this remedied before loading or firing. The action functions otherwise. 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: The rifle comes with a leather sling that shows some scrapes on the leather & metal claws. It is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Springfield Armory Model 1903 was made back in 1911. It is well over 100 years old and still looks good. It probably saw use during WWI as it has been rebuilt and now uses a WWII dated Remington barrel. The 2 grooved Remington barrel is in great shape with a strong bright bore. This 1903 will add to your collection and should make you smile out at the range.
If you want information on the 2 grooved bore see the article entitled “REMINGTON’S WORLD WAR II EXPERIENCE WITH TWO-GROOVED RIFLING” over at remingtonsociety.org/remingtons-wwii-experience-with-2-groove-rifling/ .