US Remington Model 1903

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  1. pinkerpv

    pinkerpv New Member

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    I have a US Remington Model 1903 Sn 3296xxx with a cross cannons cartouche on the left side of the stock just above the trigger. Stock looks very good, no finger grooves in the forestock, type C pistol grip, Barrel mounted rear sight, metal is dark gray/black finish about 90%, Bolt has R stamp.

    Thought it was an A1 but it is not stamped on the receiver, my research indicates it is a basic 1903 mfg by Remington in 1941 or so. Can anyone give me any more info on it.
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    The onlt diference in the M1903 and the M1903A1 is the "C" stock. Any 1903 with a "C" stock is an A1. An M1903A3, however, is an A3 regardless of the stock. Sounds like you have a very nice rifle.
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    USMC-03; thanks for your help. Thought it was an A1 but became confused somewhat as I read more and more on it. The C stock is the giveaway though.
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    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
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    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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    Didn't know about the 6 groove. I had a nice Remington, an early production model. Thanks for the update. TJ
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    Spanish Mausers that were captured was the Model 1893

    The 93 begat the 96 which begat the venerable 98
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    I stand corrected. Should have remembered that.
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    Yea, with so many different Mauser variations, it hard to keep them all straight all the time.;)
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