Originally Posted by Teejay9
The A1 is our copy of a Mauser, used heavily in WWI. The A3 is not as well machined and has the rear sight by the bolt handle. There were two models of the A3. One had 4 grooves in the barrel, while later ones had only 2 grooves. Most sniper rifles employed in WWII were 1903-A3s. TJ
Actually Teejay, the 1903 Springfield was copied more from the 1896 Mausers that were captured in the Spanish-American War far more than the 98 Mauser, although it did have some influence. You are correct that the 03A3 was not as well finished because of wartime production shortcuts and the 2-groove barrel was one of these. You will, however, find a large number with 4-groove barrels and even a few with 6-groove.
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