03 Springfield Production Date?

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  1. cadamson

    cadamson New Member

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    Can anyone point me into a direction to find out what year my Rock Island Model 1903 was built? Ser. # 383XXX

    Thanks
  2. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

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    Are you sure about that serial number? I thought Rock Island M1903 serials only went up around 348,000.
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    cadamson New Member

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    I just checked again and it is a Rock Island model 1903. Ser# 383113. Is it possible that this a reciever already stamped with the name and number but was assembles by Springfield later on? I have found a web page saying rock island made guns up to the lower 400,000 range. But I don't pretend to be an expert. I've serching the net for more info. Any help would be great.
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    deadin Well-Known Member

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    You're right! Apparently the RIA serials did go up into the 400,000's.
    Here is a link to the best M1903 site that I have found. There's a lot of info here and you should probably post you question there. (If you haven't found it already.:D)

    Dean
  5. cadamson

    cadamson New Member

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    What was that link?
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    cadamson New Member

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    For anyone else looking for this info deadin sent me to a the most usefull site I have seen for 03's.
    RIA's last serial number was 430742, which was struck on 31 July 1919
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    I know this is an old thread, but I just stumbled onto it, and since I have Remington 1903 A3, I wanted to be able to find this thread again. Thanks to this link, http://m1903.com/ I determined the rifle was made in 1943, and even found a photo of one, which I saved. I removed the military stock long ago, and have no idea what happened to it, and the photo was a good reminder of what it looked like. Clearly stamped on the barrel is “RBLT. August 25, 1945".
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