SOLD FOR: $1000
Model: Custom .22 1903A3 (03-A3)
Serial Number: 3811577
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (page 375 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition). Barrel Date: June, 1942
Caliber: .22 LR
Action Type: Bolt Action Single Shot Rifle
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / REMINGTON / MODEL 03-A3 / 3811577”. The top of the Springfield barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 6- 42”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The right side of the nosecap is marked “R”. The right of the barrel band is marked “U”. The bottom of the bolt handle is stamped with a punch dot, the top is marked with “NS / M2”. The right of the firing pin lug is marked “C 3995”. The ejector is marked “C 3998”. The bolt body is marked “M2” and “D-28223-2”. The left of the stock has a faded crossed cannon cartouche and a faded “FJA” cartouche. The bottom of the pistol grip has a faded circle “P” cartouche. The bottom of the forend has boxed and encircled numbers. The right side of the stock is marked “11”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade set in a raised base. The chamber ring has a drilled, tapped, and filled hole and there is another blindly filled hole. The rear sight is a Lyman aperture peep sight mounted to the right of the receiver.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a straight grip, metal nose cap, stacking loop, barrel band, 2 sling loops, 2 reinforcing bolts, and a metal buttplate. There are some scattered scrapes, draglines, scratches, compressions, and dings. Some have damaged or removed light portions of surface wood but have colored with age. The LOP measures 12 7/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered light wear. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp, there is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The receiver shows some spots of light erosion under the finish and there are some light scuffs and handling marks. The receiver bridge has been cut and modified. The bottom metal shows some scuffs and a few spots of thinning. The barrel has some spots of oxidation, scratches, and scuffs. The bolt handle has some little scratches and some spots of dark discoloration from oxidation. There is some operational wear. The screw heads show light use. The markings are mostly clear but some on the receiver are gone from refinishing. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, it functions as a single shot. 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 1903-A3 receiver was made during WWII and has since been turned into a custom .22 caliber rifle. This 03A3 had its receiver modified for use with a 1922M2 bolt and has had a 1942 Springfield Armory 1922 barrel installed and now functions as a single shot. This one has been refinished and looks good, it has some scattered wear but has a great bore and good mechanics. This is a really neat rifle that will be a ton of fun to shoot. Please see our photos and good luck!