SOLD FOR: $1095
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1903. This Target Rifle is in National Match configuration, but does not have a “star” gauged barrel.
Serial Number: 1516723
Year of Manufacture: 1938 (page 374 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition). Barrel Date: November, 1932
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / MODEL 1903 / 1516723”. The front of the Springfield barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 11-32”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The top of the bolt handle is marked “N.S.” for nickel steel. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “7” and with a punch. The bolt body is marked with the serial number in electric pencil. The face of the muzzle is unmarked. The front sight is marked “REDFIELD” on the top. The rear sight markings include “LYMAN” on the top and the Lyman logo “stag in crosshairs” on the right.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front globe sight uses a post insert. The rear sight is a fully adjustable aperture secured to the right rear of the receiver by screws. It is marked “0” and with small “lines” on the top. The right side is marked “0 25 50 75 100 125” and with small lines. The original rear sight base is filled with a blank insert.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, barrel band, stacking loop, 2 sling loops and a checkered metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The wood shows scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The forearm & handguard show tape residue. The LOP measures 12 ½ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up some. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, scrapes, and some small scratches. The screw heads show heavy use. 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: Springfield Armory Model 1903 was built back in 1938. It has since been rebuilt and is now in National Match configuration. It looks great for being over 80 years old and has a strong & bright bore. The barrel is in great shape but it is not “star gauged”, so this is not a true National Match 1903.