Sold for $1250.00
Serial Number: 3034642
Year of Manufacture: 1942 (page 375 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations – 3rd Edition)
Barrel Date: July, 1942
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / REMINGTON / MODEL 1903 / 3034642”. The top of the Springfield replacment barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 7 – 42” and the bottom 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” for Remington. The barrel band is marked “U”. The bayonet lug is marked “H”. The left side of the stock has been restamped with a Raritan Arsenal Rebuild stamp “RA-P”, above the trigger.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade atop a raised barrel mounted base. The rear sight is a “U” notched blade attached to a fully adjustable sight ladder marked from “3-27”. When flipped up separate notches and an aperture on the ladder can be used for sighting.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, nosecap with bayonet lug, barrel band, stacking loop, 2 sling loops, 2 through bolts and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows scrapes, scratches and discoloration from oxidation. The right rear of the buttplate is missing a piece of edge wood next to the buttplate. The top of the hanguardd shows light tooling marks ahead of the barrel band. The wood shows scattered scrapes and scratches. The wood has been oiled. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up some. There is light erosion in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore shows an M.E. of 1.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scuff, scrapes and a few scratches. The front sight band and bottom metal shows discoloration. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refinished.
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.
This Remington Model 1903 was made during WWII. It has since been rebuilt and refinished so it looks great for an 80 year old military rifle. The rifle still has clear Remington markings on the receiver as well as Springfield markings on the barrel. This Remington 1903 will add to your WWII or Military collection. Good luck.