SOLD FOR: $1913
Make: Springfield Armory
Model: 1903 NRA Sporting Rifle (NRA Sporter). This 1903 is in NRA Sporting Rifle configuration.
Serial Number: 1366617
Year of Manufacture: 1930 (page 373 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition)
Barrel Date: October, 1930
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / MODEL 1903 / 1366617”. The top of the barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 10 – 30”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The face of the muzzle is marked with a “star” to indicate that it is a star gauged barrel. The top of the bolt handle is marked “N.S.”. 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 rear sight markings include “LYMAN” on the top and the Lyman logo on the right. The rear sight block is marked “STANDARD O” and the front sight block is marked “STANDARD E”. The front sight hood is marked “flaming bomb / U.S.” and “R” for Remington.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade set atop a raised base and under a protective hood. The rear sight is a Lyman Type 48C adjustable aperture. It is secured to the right rear of the receiver. The right side is marked “0 25 50 75 100 125” and with small lines. The top is marked “0” and with small lines.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, barrel band, 2 sling loops, 2 through bolts, and a checkered metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches, thinning and oxidation on the edge. The wood shows several small scrapes and scratches. The wood has been oiled. The LOP measures 13 3/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and light intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, thin scratches and thinning on the leading edges of the metal. The bottom metal shows surface erosion and discoloration from oxidation. The receiver and bolt shows operational wear. The screw heads show heavy use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good 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: The Springfield Armory Model 1903 NRA and NRB Sporting Rifles (NRA Sporters) were made in limited quantities (under 5000) and were offered to the public between 1925 and 1932. This Model 1903 is in NRA Sporter configuration. It has a star gauged barrel, uses a Lyman 48C aperture sight, and was built during the proper time frame. This is a good looking Model 1903 NRA Sporter with nice Springfield markings on the receiver and barrel. It should do well at the range. Good luck.