Sold For: $1,275
Model: 1903A3 (03-A3)
Serial Number: 4140411
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (page 375 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition). Barrel Date: Spetember, 1943
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / REMINGTON / MODEL 03-A3 / 4140411”. The top of the barrel is marked “R A / flaming bomb / 9- 43”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “P”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The stacking loop, the right side of the bolt plug, magazine cutoff, top of the rear sight, underside of the bolt handle, are all marked “R” for Remington. The nose of the stock is marked with a faded mark that is difficult to decipher. The front sight protector is marked “R” on the right and has a flaming bomb over “U.S.” on the left. There is a circle “P” cartouche on the bottom of the wrist. There is a heavily faded “R.A.” followed by crossed cannons on the left of the wrist and a clear “OG” (Ogden Arsenal) on the left of the butt.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade set in a raised base. The front sight has a sight protector installed. The rear sight is a fully adjustable aperture sight marked from “2-8” on the top and “0” with hash marks on the rear.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a straight grip, metal nose cap, stacking loop, 2 barrel bands, 2 sling loops, 2 reinforcing pins, and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. There is a hairline crack on the right side that runs through the front reinforcing pin. There are a few infrequently scattered compressions, draglines, and a few impact marks. These marks have mainly darkened with age. The LOP measures 12 ¾ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light finish loss on the edges and a few light impact marks. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Refurbishment
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the riflign is sharp. There is no erosion with the exception of at the muzzle that shows an M.E. of about 0.1.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The barrel, receiver, and bottom metal assembly show some tiny little marks and there is some faint thinning on the edges. The majority of the wear is on the bolt and it displays abrasive cleaning and some spots of discoloration from previous oxidation. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition as arsenal refurbished.
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: The rifle comes with a military-style leather sling. It has numerous scrapes, scuffs, scratches, and creases. It is starting to rip at the front align loop. The sling rates in about Fair condition.
Our Assessment: This Remington Model 1903-A3 was made during WWII in 1943. The wood looks nice, the metal finish is in great shape, and the bore is an absolute beauty. The markings on the receiver and barrel are nice and clear. There are also little “R” markings on several of the small metal parts. This one was sent to the Ogden Arsenal for refurbishment or repair an is marked with the “OG” stamp on the left of the stock. All the markings on this rifle tell a story that makes this beauty of a 1903-A3 worthy of a place in your safe. Drop a bid on this nice Remington to either add or start a milsurp collection, now is the time! Please see our photos and food luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.