Re: Springfield Model 1903
Also, it has a replacement barrel (Avis) from which the rear sight fixed base has been removed, a dovetail cut, and a cheap rear sight from some other rifle installed. the trigger guard and floorplate appear to be from an M1903A3. The front sight has been destroyed, apparently to make it conform to the sight picture of the rear sight.
In other words, the rifle is not even a well done sporter. It has been worked over by one or more basement gunsmiths and is essentially worthless. Because of the "low number" I can't even recommend it as a shooter. The bolt is also of the old single heat treat type, and should not be trusted.
I think Jim's $275 estimate is generous. IMHO, its only value is for the parts that have survived. The barrel might be OK (a correct sight base would cover the dovetail) if it will headspace up on another gun, and some bolt parts might be OK.
I hope you didn't pay too much for it.
Last edited by Jim K; 06-22-2011 at 02:14 PM..