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Fine Springfield Armory Model 1903 National Match Team Rifle c. 1929

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Fine Springfield Armory Model 1903A1 National Match Team Rifle. c. 1929

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This is a very fine condition Springfield Model 1903A1 Service Rifle that was used as a National Match Team Rifle.

The Model 1903A1 was approved by the Ordnance Department in early 1928, but the only difference between it and the Model 1903 was the addition of the "C" or pistol grip stock. While it used to be thought that all service rifle assembly ended in fiscal year 1927, with all assembly after that date devoted to match rifles, some new production after 1927 continued to be assembled and issued as standard service rifles to Army units in the field. Because of the existence of large numbers of older straight or "S" stocks still in inventory at the end of WWI, these "S" stocks continued to be used for service rifle production with the "C" stocks being used for National Match rifles. Springfield production of 1903s after WWI was exceedingly small compared to wartime production with only 12,746 produced in 1922 when this rifle was manufactured.

The serial number on this rifle is 1273151, which places its year of production as late 1926, which was rebuilt probably at least once at Springfield Armory for the National Matches in the 1920s. The receiver retains 95% of its original finish with crisp Springfield and serial number stampings. There is no Hatcher Hole on the left side of the receiver, which indicates this rifle did not go back through an armory after 1936 when the Hatcher Hole was introduced for both new production and for reworked rifles. The bottom of the receiver has numerous inspection stamp. The right side of the receiver is drilled and tapped for the Lyman No. 48 Springfield Rear Sight Assembly. Two single-slot screws are present.

The Barrel on this rifle is a very fine Springfield National Match barrel dated July 1929. The barrel is marked with the "SA" stamp over the Ordnance Bomb over the date "7-29." The bottom rear of the barrel (as seen when disassembled) has a "1 / 270" stamp as well as a "D 5" steel lot stamp approximately halfway down the barrel on the lower right side. The lower crown of the barrel has the star gauge stamp indicating this was star gauged at Springfield Armory. The Barrel retains 95% of the original finish. The Barrel gauges at 0 at the muzzle and has a mirror bore so this will still be a very accurate shooting rifle. The Front Sight Base shows no wear from installation of a Front Sight Protector. The Adjustable Front Sight and Fixed Base are correctly staked "in line" with one another at the front. The Front Sight Screw is not marred. The Front Sight is a very fine condition and original Lyman No. 26 Springfield 1/16” bead with the gold bead installed. The left side of the front sight has the “LYMAN” stamp.

The Bolt is in excellent condition and is a bent-handle Springfield bolt marked "W3L" on the top of the bolt handle root, indicating it was manufactured in the early to mid-1920s when this rifle was manufactured. The Bolt retains 75% of its original finish with wear on the friction points. The Bolt face shows normal wear and some brass transfer. The Extractor Collar is milled. There is a Rockwell Hardness Test punch mark on the bottom of the bolt handle root but no other markings. The Bolt Sleeve is the correct 3-position type that retains 80% of its original finish. The Safety has the rounded top portion with no hole and the "SAFE" and "READY" stamps are in serif, block letters. The Safety retains 85% of its finish. The Extractor is the early type with small gas hole and it retains 75% faded blued finish with wear on the sides and edges. The Firing Pin retains 95% of its original finish. The Firing Pin Sleeve retains 98% of its original blue finish. The Cocking Piece has three knurled rings at the head - one partial ring towards the head. The Cocking Piece retains 75% of its finish. The Firing Pin Spring is blued and is in very fine condition. The Safety functions perfectly.

The Rear Sight has the correctly polished Leaf without the volley notch at the top. The Leaf is Springfield Armory manufactured. The Rear Sight Base retains considerable original blued finish and the Leaf Spring is also blued. The Drift is the 3rd Type that is blued with the "7" stamp on the back indicating a .07" diameter aperture. The Slide is the later type that is also blued retaining approximately 75% of the finish. The Binding Knob has the knurled edge without groove and has a flat face. The Windage Knob is the large size that is knurled without groove and has a concave face with dimple. The Windage Knob and friction collar are both blued. The Fixed Rear Sight Base has the lightening cuts and retains a dark finish on the upper portion. The Base is pinned at the bottom and the pins remain flush. There are several stamps on the bottom of the base that appear to be assembler's marks.

The Trigger Guard is a very good, milled type with the shortened trigger slot and it retains 80% of its original finish. The Floorplate is the Springfield type with straight sides at the milled portion that secures the follower spring and it retains 95% of its original finish with slight thinning on the bottom part of the plate along the sharp edges. The Follower is milled and is polished on the top portion and retains the majority of its original blued finish on the bottom. The Follower Spring shows considerable original finish and is the correct 1903 type with the rounded bends.

The Trigger is the correct type with knurled tip and retains the majority of its original blued finish. The Sear is blued with the rounded nose and weep hole and has the correct sans serif “S” stamp on the left side. The Magazine Cutoff has the sans serif "ON,” that is polished and "OFF" stamp, that is blued. The cutoff works correctly.

The Handguard is the a later type with concave sight protective ramp and short clearance cut. It has the two clips and no fixture slot. The Windage Knob clearance cut is the large semi-circular type. There are normal dings and scratches on the handguard but it is in excellent condition and it matches the color and finish of the stock. The Stock is a two-bolt, “C” stock with minor dings and scratches that is in fine condition. There are no stamps on the stock and the stock has a slight modification at the wrist with flutes running down both sides the pistol grip.

The Butt Plate on the stock is the fine checkered type that retains 85% of its original blued finish with wear on the edges. The Lower Sling Swivel Assembly is the correct milled type that retains 95% of its blued finish with no marred screws.

The Upper Band is the correct milled type with "H" hardened stamp on the bottom of the bayonet lug and it retains 95% of its finish with a few small scratches on the sides. The Stacking Swivel is milled and retains 90% of its finish. The Lower Band is the correct milled type with groove and has the sans serif "U" stamp on the right side. The Band retains 90% of its blued finish that now largely exhibits a plum patina. The Sling Swivel is the solid shank type and retains 70% of its finish. The Band Retaining Spring retains 80% of its finish.

This is a beautiful Springfield Model 1903 National Match Team Rifle from the late 1920s that sits in a “C” stock, and is in very fine condition. The bolt is tight in battery and the rifle headspaces correctly using an issue Field Test Bolt and Clymer "GO" and "NO GO" gauges. This rifle was probably purchased at the National Matches by the team member to whom the rifle was assigned.

This rifle is C&R eligible and will come shipped in a new Plano rifle hard case. This rifle will also come with an historic writeup and a CD containing all of the photos in the listing. I accept Visa and MasterCard and charge NO FEES. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like additional photos posted.

 

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