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Author:  ChrisATX [ Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:07 am ]
Post subject:  If I were looking for Springfield M1903

What are things I should look out for? Good places to start?

Author:  Jim Watson [ Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: If I were looking for Springfield M1903

Long wait for reply, I see.

What is it to be for?
If you will shoot it, you need a "high number" action with double heat treated or nickel steel receiver and bolt.
If for collection, the usual criteria of originality and condition will govern.

Author:  BigJon [ Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: If I were looking for Springfield M1903

Chris - great rifles. These days, it's one of my two favorite centerfires I own. For me, the ergonomics seem perfect, even though it certainly wasn't specifically made for someone my size.

I bought mine from an estate sale many years ago. Even had an original leather sling on it, until one day in the mid-90s when I was back at my college visiting a good friend who had also happened to be one of my former professors. He mentioned that another gentleman in the area had been a Marine in the Pacific Theater, owned a Garand, and been unable to locate an original sling for it. He asked if I knew where he could get one.
Unbeknownst to my friend, I had my 03 in the trunk of my car. I went out, took the sling off my rifle, and gave it to my friend to pass along. He called me later to tell me that the recipient had teared up a little at receiving it.

Neat stuff. :)

Author:  NuJudge [ Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: If I were looking for Springfield M1903

As with any other firearm, figure out what you want to do with it, and let that guide you. If you want collectability, go buy books first and let your wallet be your guide.

When I decided I wanted a 1903, I wanted it for CMP Springfield Match use. CMP still had a lot of them, so I went to the North Store and went up and down the racks until I found a high number with good muzzle condition, barrel made by High Standard, and a pistol grip stock. Looks were not that important to me, and the same for collectability. It turns out that the Receiver was one of the few made at SA in 1919 without a Pederson device ejection port, and most such were apparently used in the National Matches that year.

The 1903 rear sight can be difficult to shoot well, for one unacquainted with it. If you intend to shoot this rifle, you might want to think about getting a 1903A3. You will probably find more A3 rifles in really nice shape.

Did you have any relatives that used a '03 in any of the Services? Particularly, the USMC marked some of their rifles. This might make the rifle much more meaningful.

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