SOLD FOR: $1356
Make: Springfield Armory
Serial Number: 1294416
Year of Manufacture: 1928 (page 374 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition). Barrel Date: 3 – 29
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / MODEL 1903 / 1294416”. The top of the Springfield barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 3 – 29”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The bayonet lug is marked “H”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “F” and with a punch. The bottom of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The belly of the stock is marked with 4 inspection stamps. The left side of the stock, above the trigger, is marked “RA” (Remington), “FJA in a box” (inspector’s cartouche) and with an Ordnance Department “crossed cannons” cartouche. The left side of the butt is marked with an Ogden Arsenal Rebuild stamp “OG”. The front sight cover is marked “flaming bomb / U.S.” and “R”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade atop a barrel mounted base. It sits under a removable protective hood. 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 wood shows scrapes and scratches which have been oiled over. The buttplate shows scrapes and some discoloration from oxidation. 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 Plus to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is some light frosting in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. 0.3.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, thin scratches and areas of light discoloration. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. 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 Springfield Armory 1903 was made back in 1928. It has since been Arsenal rebuilt so it looks great for being over 90 years old. The rifle has nice Springfield markings on the barrel & receiver as well as nice clear markings on the stock. This 1903 will add nicely to a Military collection.