For those who want to read about low number Springfield rifles and the history of failures, the link below may be helpful. There are myriad examples of this industrial versatility, not the least of which was the service rifle made by a typewriter company. The rifle displayed in the photo montage below displays an example of a 1903A3 with the original configuration and finish. Collector's Comments and Feedback: 1. At some point it was Arsenal Rebuilt but retains its original 1943 dated Smith Corona barrel. I have one that seems to have all remington marked parts with the exception of the bolt.
I'd search out what near-unfired 1903A3s are going for. Rather than being finely polished, the barrelled receiver was only finish machined and parkerized. It's hard to determine is something if safe to shoot or not by looking a a bunch of pictures, with a good many of those being very blurry. Not sure about the markings on the bolt, subcontractor production codes I think. All items purchased in an auction will be combined into one invoice.
The question of what the original parts and finish of a Remington 1903A3 comes up very often, as most 1903A3's were refinished during arsenal rebuild, reworked years later, or 'sporterized' in one way or another. There were already many thousands of stock blanks on hand that were sized for the old straight stock. Your rifle is very near the top of what collectors love to find. Thank you for this fine resource of information. Someone could outbid you in the final seconds of the auction if your Max Bid isn't high enough.
All Auctions are conducted in Pacific Time. This is a piece of history that should be appreciated. With the exception of some pistol-gripped C-stocks, nearly all M1903A3's left the factory wearing walnut stocks with the same straight-grip profile as the earlier M1903 rifle. Despite a program to refurbish 1903 and 1917 rifles, it was a foregone conclusion that more rifles would be needed. Returns less shipping are accepted within 3 days of when the item is delivered with signature confirmation.
The barrel shows a few light scrapes. I am just back to the board after a long hiatus. Despite this, a majority of the M1903A3 rifles a collector is likely to encounter will have been through at least one arsenal refurbishment. The 1903A3 rifle is noted for its nickel steel receiver and excellent combat sight making it the preferred combat rifle of all the Springfield rifles. Took it apart and the firing pin was corroded and rusty.
The stamps were put on the rifles to show that 3 things had been done: 1. The Smith Corona is a classic rifle that is a fine example of the 1903 and the 1903A3 combat rifle. There are quite a few reports of the rifles being treasured for their reliability on the front lines. Naturally, we were curious as to the accuracy of the rifle over longer distances. Make sure you get all the information you can from the seller regarding his father's aquisition and use of the rifle. Sometimes we miss, overlook or confuse things and we promise to make it right as best we can when we do. Smith Corona M1903A3 Serial number ranges 3,608,000 to 3,707,999 and 4,708,000 to 4,992,000.
The original contract was for some 100,000 rifles. The value of your rifle is whatever a willing buyer will pay a willing seller. The Smith Corona 1903A3 is a great recreational rifle with much to recommend. Probably for me it's because I'm not in to military rifles nor am I particularly enamored of the 30-06 cartridge, as good as it is. An important change in the 1903 rifle was the elimination of the original forward mounted sight. Similar stamps were put on the receiver.
As war time production demands mounted, numerous detail changes were made. The M1903A3 was eventually also placed into production with the Smith Corona Typewriter Company in partnership with High Standard who supplied the rifled barrels to Smith Corona in both 4 and 6 groove varieties. Plans were made to increase M1 rifle production at , and the was granted a production contract for the. Remington used at least 3 different Ordnance Wheels. I am careful so the muzzle was pointed in a safe direction, but I still killed several albums and a cinder block. The company offered to accept the contract if it would be permitted to manufacture only the barrels and subcontract the rest of the production, including assembly of the rifles, to the L.
The condition of the bore will be a factor. The rebuilt examples can be identified by the arsenal rebuild stamps on the stock, the presence of parts with mixed contractor codes and Parkerized furniture including bolts. Come for the info, stay and make some friends. As had been the case with Remington, some problems with procurement of rear sights from subcontractors resulted in the delay of initial deliveries. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Smith-Corona signed the contract to make M1903a3 Rifles in May, 1942. The butt plates, as an example, featured more squares to the inch with the Remington and the trigger guards differed but the rifles were for all intents and purposes the same. I know the pics aren't the best horrible lighting. The more original it is, better off you will be. . The grooves approaching the muzzle are light grey.