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Manufacturer of this 1903/A3?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Michael Robinson, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. Michael Robinson

    Michael Robinson New Member

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    My buddy inherited a 1903/A3 with an RA barrel 12-43 but the receiver just has U.S. and the serial number 48xxxx. I am trying to help ID the manufacturer. Any ideas? Lots of pic. 508AD62D-FE04-45D3-9F15-18C925A637E3.jpeg E6DE5968-34DE-473E-980D-AF17BAEE17F2.jpeg A2808115-1954-4EC0-BF99-90314D01D397.jpeg B83E132A-8811-427A-8248-BDDB81711D87.jpeg E3B4B62D-D2EC-4130-ACB0-A985F31FA850.jpeg E5F7801E-B18F-4A2B-9B6B-FCFBB9D5FFBB.jpeg AB9B4465-F3FA-4CC1-839C-015F7E9944C6.jpeg 6E6B723B-ED7D-49AF-BC8E-5EB5C1F41E47.jpeg F27485C7-710C-49E3-821D-574BA902E57C.jpeg C07A0D75-E0DB-4978-9266-06AE953175DF.jpeg
     
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    sharps4590 Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't there only two makers of the 03-A3, Remington and Smith-Corona? If so, I don't know how to tell the difference. Someone has swapped out the original rear sight for a Lyman aperture sight.
     
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  3. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    s/n 486598 is a Springfield Armory M1903 receiver manufactured in 1911 (s/n range 456376 to 502045), with a Remington M1903A3 barrel installed - possibly as part of the early WW2 refurb program.

    B&S marking on the bolt indicates manufacture by Brown & Sharp. B&S bolts were intended as replacement parts.
     
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    Firpo Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I can’t tell anything from all the different angles of the receiver you posted. Maybe a couple of the entire gun?
    I’m sure some pros will be by soon but as you can tell the barrel is a Remington with A September 1943 date not December as you noted.

    edit: Mac beat me to it.
     
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  5. Michael Robinson

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    Thank you the information. So from what I can see they put that together and put it in 1903/A3 stock then added a Lyman sight. Is that correct? Also if this is a Springfield receiver with a s/n that falls below the 800,000 mark, I am assuming it wouldn’t be safe to shoot. 7D8A25CD-3658-4F20-B4B2-9A92D6F47471.jpeg D78980A1-56FC-4B7B-8AD4-E02488AC3DB7.jpeg 1CC85702-95C6-4A88-9FFF-84472C97729C.jpeg 8A1BDA17-4088-45E6-8CA2-992101E9C613.jpeg .
     

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  6. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Just occurred to me that there wouldn't have been any point in the refurb program installing an '03A3 barrel on an '03 receiver, since neither the barrel or receiver had any provision for a rear sight - and by '43 (barrel's date) the refurb program had probably run its course. Chances are the '03 was a DCM purchase onto which the '03A3 barrel was fitted and the Lyman rear sight added.
     
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    nmckenzie Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    If it were my rifle I'd choose to err on the side of safety and not shoot it.
     
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    Sooooo…..could this be called a "Frankenfield" rifle?.....:D
     
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    nmckenzie Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Or maybe a Springstein.
     
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  10. Michael Robinson

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    Thank you for all the information. I have one last question regarding cartouche symbol markings in front of the magazine well. They are; 8 with a Circle around it, 4 with triangle around it, 4 with square around it and a 3 with a diamond around it. What do they Represent? Thanks