SOLD FOR: $1650
Model: 03-A3 Mann Accuracy Device
Serial Number: 3919268
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (page 373 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition)
Caliber: 7.62 NATO
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / REMINGTON / MODEL 03-A3 / 3919268”. The top of the barrel is electro penciled “D7553795 / F68 7029 499 / WLKR”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The bottom of the bolt handle, rear of the safety, magazine cutoff, and right rear of the bolt are marked “R”. The body of the bolt is etched “3919268”. The extractor collar has an encircled “R”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 22 Inches
Sights / Optics: There are no iron sights. The top of the receiver has a male dovetail at the rear.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is smooth walnut. The stock has been modified for use as a test rifle, it has been cut at the front of the action and the buttstock has been cut off. There is a chip loss on the back edge of the wrist. There are some scattered nicks, compressions, scratches, dings, and areas of discoloration. Most of the defects have colored with age. There are scattered handling marks. There are no cracks. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized & Stainless
Finish Originality: Original to Conversion
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. The barrel has scattered patches of dark discoloration, scuffs, nicks, and scratches. There are some little marks through the finish on the blued barrel collar and some little scuffs. There is wear on the bottom metal including scrapes and scratches. There are some scattered oil stains and areas of minor finish wear on the receiver. There are some little marks through the finish and spots of thinning on the bolt. The screw heads show use. The markings are clear. 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: This is a Mann Accuracy Device chambered in 7.62×51 NATO. These Accuracy Devices were used by the U.S. Ordnance Department and commercial ammunition manufacturers to test ammunition for accuracy. There were not many of these devices chambered for this cartridge. The barrel length was approximately 22”.Some of the barrel descriptions were electro-penciled, especially in the case of the Walkers. Receivers were the usual combination of Remington and Smith Corona. Barrels appeared to be stainless steel as well as blued. In some instances, their numbers were stamped on the barrel while being electro-penciled in other cases. Some of the bolts were numbered to the receivers and others were not. This one is in nice shape and has a great bore. A neat and unusual device seldom seen! Please see our photos and good luck!