SOLD FOR: $1025
Model: 1903A3 (03-A3)
Serial Number: 4093716
Year of Manufacture: 1943 (page 375 of Joe Poyer’s book, The Model 1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition).
Barrel Date: September, 1943
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / REMINGTON / MODEL 03-A3 / 4093716”. The top of the barrel is marked “R A / flaming bomb / 9 – 43” and the bottom is marked “P”. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The underside of the bolt handle is marked “R” for Remington. The top of the bolt handle and right side of the buttstock are both marked with the last 4 digits of the serial number. The left side of the buttstock is marked with an Arsenal Rebuild stamp from the Rock Island Arsenal “RIA / EB in a box”. The bottom of the grip is marked with a “circled P” proof. The belly of the stock is marked with faded inspection stamps.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade set atop a raised base. The rear sight is a fully adjustable aperture sight marked from “2-8” on the top and “0” with hash marks on the rear.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a straight grip, metal nose cap with bayonet lug, stacking loop, 2 barrel bands, 2 sling loops, 2 through bolts, and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The wood shows scrapes, scratches and compression marks. The sock is covered in cosmoline. The LOP measures 12 3/4 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 Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: We cleaned the front of the barrel to view the bore. The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling and light intermittent erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.
Overall Condition: This rifle appears to retain most of its metal finish; we did not clean the metal. Small scrapes & scratches are visible. The screw heads show use. The markings are well defined. Some of the markings on the wood are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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: When the US Army was looking for a rifle design to replace the 1898 Krag rifle, they looked directly at the Spanish Model 1893 Mauser. This was due to the fact that the performance of the Model 1893 Mauser was far superior than that of the 1898 Krag during the Spanish-American War. The Model 1903 is basically a redesigned Mauser clone. A U.S. Patent Court eventually found that the U.S. Army had violated Mauser’s patents and required the U.S. Army to pay the German Mauser manufacturers patent royalties. Payments were stopped once WWI started. The 1903 has a strong reliable action that served the Army for over thirty years in two world wars. The 1903A3 is an improved version of the 1903 rifle that was introduced in 1942. The most significant change was the switch to a receiver bridge-mounted rear aperture sight.
This Remington Model 1903-A3 was made back in 1943. The rifle is in pretty good shape for being almost 80 years old. It has nice Remington markings on the receiver and barrel as well as an Arsenal Rebuild stamp on the stock. This rifle has been in storage and is still covered in cosmoline. We cleaned the front of the bore to view the condition as well as a few small spots to view markings. It will add to your WWII or Military collection. You will need to “properly” clean the rifle before you can take it out to the range. Good luck.