Springfield 03-A3 never fired?
I acquired a Springfield 03-A3, and took it with me to visit a gunsmith friend of mine. I take care of all my own guns and just wanted him to walk me through disassembling, cleaning, and reassembly, and check the head-space for me before I fired the gun. When I got there his face lit up because of the condition of the rifle. I have done some research on this rifle and its markings, the stamps and such, and thought I knew a few things about these rifles. However he said one thing that puzzled me. He cant see any sign that this rifle has ever been fired. From what I found out about the stamps and the armory's that this gun passed through I thought the rifle would have been fired several times before it passed inspection. Is it at all possible that this rifle has never been fired? I do not see how this could be possible with a military weapon.
The rifle markings are,
RA, the bomb, and 3-43 on the top of the barrel
a P on the bottom
3 GM-K stamped on left side above trigger
A very faint FJA on left side above trigger
a single Circle P on bottom behind trigger
and a sires of 4 small lettered circles and two lettered triangles ( cant make out what is inside ) on bottom in front of...magazine plate?