SOLD FOR: $5,057.50

WWII Remington 1903A4 Sniper 03-A4 .30-06 M73B1 Scope Bolt Action Rifle 1943

Make: Remington

Model: 1903A4. Sniper variation of the 1903A3 (03-A3).

Serial Number: 3414130

Year of Manufacture: 1943Barrel Date: March 1944

Caliber: .30-06

Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “U.S. / REMINGTON / MODEL 03-A3” and the right side is marked “3414130”. The top of the barrel is marked “R A / flaming bomb / 3- 44”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “P”. The safety is marked “SAFE/READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON/OFF”. The underside of the bolt handle and other small metal parts are stamped “R” for Remington.The right rear of the scope base is marked “REDFIELD”. The scope is marked “TELESCOPE, M37B1” and with the scope’s stock & serial number. The markings are correct for a WWII 1903A4 scope.

Barrel Length: 24″

Sights / Optics: The front and rear sights have been removed to facilitate the use of a scope. A one-piece Redfield scope base is attached to the top of the receiver by screws and by the rear sight base. The one-piece mount has two scope rings attached. They hold an M73B1 2.5 fixed power scope. The scope uses a crosshair reticle. The scope view is clear with a couple of small black flecks along the reticle. The scope tube shows light scrapes and light discoloration from oxidation.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The 1903 stock is a “C” style stock which was used for 03A4. The bolt handle cutout is swept back slightly to match the angle of the 1903A4 bolt handle. The two-piece oil stained hardwood has a pistol grip, nose cap with bayonet lug, stacking loop, barrel band, two sling loops, two through bolts, and a checkered metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The stock shows a few small scrapes and light compression marks. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.

Type of Finish: Parkerized

Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild

Bore Condition: The 2 grooved bore has sharp rifling. The lands are bright and the grooves are semi bright. There is fouling in the bore that should clean up some. There is oxidation in the grooves near the muzzle. The bore has an M.E. of 0.0.In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 9 out of 10.

Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 98% of its finish. The metal shows scuffs and a few scrapes. The action shows operational wear. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a more thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle has a sling attached.

Our Assessment: When the United States Military entered World War II in 1941, there was not a single sniper rifle in military inventory. All the sniper rifles developed for use during World War I had long since been disposed of. On the eastern Front, German and Soviet troops had deployed thousands of sniper rifles to great effect. The British and Canadians had resurrected World War I-vintage sniper rifles and were using them to good effect in Africa. U.S. forces were in need of a new sniper rifle and the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department decided that a sniper rifle could be made quickly based on the Model 1903A3 rifle that was just beginning to come off the production lines at Remington. By the end of 1943, the new Model 1903A4 sniper rifle began to reach front line troops. The new sniper rifle was essentially a modified Model 1903A3 infantry rifle. 1903-A4 receivers are marked “MODEL 03-A3” so that any rifle rejected as a 1903A4 Sniper could be used as a service rifle. WWII Remington Sniper rifles are highly valued by collectors due to their relatively low production numbers and their contribution to the war effort.This Remington Model 1903-A4 Sniper Rifle has great Remington markings on the receiver, barrel, bolt, and other small parts. Its receiver markings are offset to read them with a scope base installed. The rifle is in 1903-A4 sniper configuration and has the correct serial number to fall within the 1903-A4 serial number ranges. It has a strong bright bore and is topped with a Model M73B1 scope. The rifle and scope should keep you smiling out at the range. This a Rare correct WW2 1903 Sniper!!!