Sold For: $1,225
Make: Springfield Armory
Serial Number: 451346
Year of Manufacture: 1910 (page 374 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition) Barrel Date: April, 1914
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / MODEL 1903 / 451346”. The top of the Springfield barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 4 – 14”. The bottom is marked “P”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The barrel band is marked with a faded “U”. The bottom of the bolt handle, right rear of the bolt assembly, and rear of the safety lever are all marked “R” for Remington. The nose of the stock is marked “S”. The bottom of the grip is marked with an oversized “P” and with “boxed P”. The top of the butt is marked “46” next to the buttplate. The right side of the stock is marked “L. S.A.A.” below the receiver. This is an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the San Antonio Arsenal. Stampings from the San Antonio Arsenal can be found on either the right or left side of the stock. (page 390 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition).
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, finger grooves, metal nosecap, stacking loop, barrel band, 2 sling loops, through bolt, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows scrapes and some discoloration for oxidation. The refinished nosecap & barrel band show scrapes. Chips of edge wood are missing next to the top of the buttplate. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Most of these marks have been finished over. The LOP measures 12 ? inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and the rifling is well defined. There is erosion throughout; heavier in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 2.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish as refinished. The bottom metal has surface erosion showing through the finish. The front of the barrel & front sight have scratches showing through the finish. The front of the barrel shows scrapes & a freckling of light surface erosion. The remaining metal shows light scrapes & areas of discoloration. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
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 Springfield Armory Model 1903 was made back in 1910 so it’s been around for all of WWI and WWII. It has been refinished but retains nice deep Springfield markings on the barrel and receiver. It also has an Arsenal Rebuild stamp on the stock. The bore is in good condition and can ring plenty of steel out at the rage. This 1903 looks nice for a 110 year old Military rifle. It will add to your Military Collection.
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.