SOLD FOR: $1275
Make: Smith Corona
Model: 1903A3 (03A3)
Serial Number: 3692392
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (page 375 of Joe Poyer’s book, The 1903 Springfield Rifle – 3rd Edition). Barrel Date: May 1943
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SMITH-CORONA / MODEL 03-A3 / 3692392”. The top of the barrel is marked “S C / flaming bomb / 5 43”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “P”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “R”. The extractor collar is marked with an encircled “R”. The extractor is marked “S”. There is a faded box on the back of the bolt handle. The right side of the front sight is marked “A” and “G”. The rear sling loop base is marked “RP”. The left side of the wrist is marked “RA”, with a crossed cannon cartouche, and with a boxed “FJA” cartouche. The left side of the buttstock is marked “OG”. The back of the magazine cutoff is marked “G”. The bottom of the wrist has a circled “P” cartouche and the bottom of the forend has numerous stampings in front of the floorplate.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade set pinned to a raised barrel-mounted base. The rear sight is a fully adjustable aperture sight marked from “2-8”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two-piece oil-stained wood stock has a straight grip, metal nose cap with bayonet lug, stacking loop, two barrel bands, two sling loops, two reinforcing bolts, and a metal buttplate with a hinged door for storage. The stock appears to have been arsenal refurbished. There are some infrequent minor compressions, a few dings into the wood, and a couple of minor scratches. The most noticeable ding is on the bottom of the wrist. The most noticeable scratches are on the bottom of the forend. The LOP measures 12 3/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some light wear and a couple of little dings into the metal. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: The finish is original except for the floorplate which has a polished blued finish.
Bore Condition: The 4 groove bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion. Our gauge gives us an ME of about 0.00.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The receiver has a few scattered areas of oil staining and light thinning. The floorplate has been blued. The trigger guard has scattered oxidation, light scabbing, a few spots of minor erosion, and patina with some spots of faint surface frost on the floorplate. There is some thinning on the bolt handle and a few little spots of discoloration from previous oxidation. The barrel has some scattered scuffs and scratches. There are a couple of little marks through the finish. The screw heads show use. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The M1903 rifle is a clip-loaded 5 round magazine-fed bolt-action service rifle. It was adopted as the standard United States military bolt-action rifle in 1903 and served our country through two World Wars even after it was “replaced” by the M1 Garand in 1937. When the U.S. Army was looking for a rifle design to replace their Krag rifles, they looked at the Spanish Mauser Model 93 they captured during the Spanish-American War. Other than changing the firing pin to a two-piece design and a few other minor alterations, the 1903 was, in fact, a Mauser design, and the U.S. Government ended up paying royalties to Mauser Werke. The rifle was well worth it though. It had a strong and reliable action and served the Army for over four decades. It continued to serve as a sniper rifle through the Korean war and into the early days of the Vietnam war. It remains popular as a civilian firearm, historical collector’s piece and also sees use as a military drill rifle. This Smith-Corona Model 1903-A3 was made during WWII. This 03A3 has lots of markings on the metal and the finish looks good. The markings on the receiver & barrel are deep and are in great shape for a Military service rifle that is almost 80 years old. This is a Nice 03A3 for your collection and will be fun to shoot at the range. Please see our photos and good luck