Sold For: $1,205.00
Serial Number: 3022001
Year of Manufacture: 1942 (page 375 of Joe Poyer’s book, The Model 1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, Third Edition) Barrel Date 7 – 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. / 7 – 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 rear of the safety lever, underside of the bolt handle, the magazine cutoff and the right side of the nose cap are all marked “R” for Remington. The barrel band is also marked “U”. The front sight hood is marked “G” on the right and “C64157-4”on the left.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a pinned blade atop a raised base. A removable front sight hood comes with the rifle. It is on tight so we did not remove it as that may mar the finish. 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 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 refinished buttplate has scratches and spots of frosting showing through the new finish. The wood shows various light scrapes & 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 as refinished.
Type of Finish: Parkerized
Finish Originality: Arsenal Refinished Receiver; Original Barrel
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright. The grooves are semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is sharp & deep. There is no visible erosion. The bore shows an M.E. of 0.0.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95+% of its metal finish. The barrel and bottom metal shows scuffs & scrapes. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 cover that shows scuffs & light oxidation. It is in about Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Remington Model 1903 was made back in 1942. It most likely saw service during WWII as it now has a 1944 dated replacement barrel. The replacement barrel is 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 is 1903 will make a collector smile. Good luck.