Serial Number: 3022001
Year of Manufacture: 1942 (page 375 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition) Barrel Date 1 – 44
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / REMINGTON / MODEL 1903 / 3022001”. The top of the barrel is marked “U.S.M.C. / 1 – 44 / circled S”. This barrel was made under contract for the United States Marine Corps by Sedgley Manufacturing Company. The safety is marked “SAFE READY” and the magazine cutoff is marked “ON OFF”. The front sight hood is marked “flaming bomb / U.S.”. The right side of the rear sight (in 4 places), the bottom of the bolt handle, the rear of the safety lever, the magazine cutoff, the front sight hood, the nose cap and the barrel band are all marked “R” for Remington. The scallop for the magazine cutoff is marked “K” for the stock manufacturer Keystone (page 86 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition).
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade set under a removable hood. The hood is on tight and we did not wish to mar the finish by forcing it off. 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, metal nosecap, stacking loop, barrel band, two sling loops, two through bolts and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The left side of the stock shows light scrapes and compression marks near the though bolts. The buttstock shows compression marks and light scrapes. The wood shows a few other light marks. The buttplate shows oxidation and uses a replacement screw which is not flush with the surface of the metal. The stock’s barrel band is scraped and shows thinning. The LOP measures 13 1/8 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 Arsenal Refurbishment. Original Finish on Barrel.
Bore Condition: The bore shines. The rifling is deep & sharp. There is no erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of -0.5 (negative 0.5).
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. Imperfections on the metal, such as light oxidation, shows through the arsenal refurbishment finish. The bottom metal shows light scrapes. The remainder of the metal shows scuffs and light thinning on the leading edges. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The bolt has been polished and cycles smoothly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: The rifle comes with a front sight hood that shows light scrapes and one scratch. It is in about Very Good to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Remington Model 1903 was made in 1942 and has a 1944 dated replacement barrel. It was around for WWII and probably service during that time frame. It has a Great bore, nice metal finish and nice wood. The markings on the metal are deep & crisp. They include lots of little Remington “R” stampings. Best of all the rifle comes with a rare U.S.M.C. marked barrel. This barrel was made under contract for the United States Marine Corps by Sedgley Manufacturing Company. Sedgley normally used a “circled S” marking. Barrels made for the USMC contract were specifically marked “U.S.M.C. / date / circled S”. For more see pages 164-165 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition. This 1903 will make a collector smile. Good luck.