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Fine Springfield Armory Model 1903A1 c. 1929

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Fine Springfield Armory Model 1903A1 Service Rifle c. 1929

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This is a very fine condition Springfield Model 1903A1 Service Rifle that was built in 1929 and subsequently. 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 31,355 produced in 1929 when this rifle was manufactured.

The serial number on this rifle is 1294926, which places the year of production of the receiver in late 1928 according to Springfield Armory records. The rifle was not completely assembled and final inspected until early 1929. 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 Barrel on this rifle is a very fine Springfield barrel dated March 1929. The barrel is marked with the "SA" stamp over the Ordnance Bomb over the date “3-29.” The Barrel retains 95% of the original finish. There is a large serif “P” proof stamp on the bottom of the barrel approximately 1 ½ inches forward of the fixed rear sight base. The Barrel gauges at approximately 0.3 at the muzzle and has a mirror bore so this will still be a very accurate shooting rifle. The Front Sight Base has wear consistent with installation of a Front Sight Protector. The Adjustable Front Sight and Fixed Base have two stake marks on each although they do not align. The Front Sight Screw is not marred and still tightly secures the front sight to the base. The Front Sight Blade is a standard service rifle type that retains the majority of its original finish.

The Bolt is in excellent condition and is a bent-handle Springfield bolt marked "J5" on the bottom of the locking lug, indicating it was manufactured in the mid to late-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. 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 sans serif, block letters. The Safety retains 95% of its finish. The Extractor is the early type with small gas hole and it retains 85% faded blued finish with wear on the sides and edges. The Firing Pin retains 95% of its original finish. The Firing Pin Sleeve retains 85% 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 remains in the white. 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 back of the leaf has the serif “G” and “O” stamps at the bottom. The Drift is the 3rd Type that is blued with the “5” stamp on the back that was struck out and another “6” stamp indicating the drift was enlarged at some point from .05” diameter to .06” 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 dished, concave 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 virtually all of its parkerized finish. The Base is pinned at the bottom and the pins remain flush.

The Trigger Guard is a very good, milled Third Type and it retains 80% of its original but faded blue finish. The Floorplate is the Springfield type with straight sides at the milled portion that secures the follower spring and it retains 60% of its original finish on the outer surface with 95% of the original finish on the interior surface with a small “5” stamp on the interior, rear portion. The Follower is milled and retains the majority of its original blued finish on the top and bottom with wear noted on the top portion along the center rail and on the right most ramp. The Follower Spring shows considerable original finish and is the correct 1903 type with the rounded bends. Both Trigger Guard Screws are present and both retain the majority of their original finish with unmarred slots.

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 no 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 parkerized. The cutoff works correctly.

The Handguard is the early type with concave sight protective ramp and short clearance cut. It has the two clips and it has the fixture slot on the bottom adjacent to what appears to be a serif “U” stamp and a “3” stamp. 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 beautiful two-bolt, “C” stock with minor dings and scratches that is in fine condition. It has a strong boxed “S.A./ GAW” stamp with small Ordnance Escutcheon stamp on the right side and a “S” and “N” stamps in the cutoff recess. There is also a circle, serif “P” proof stamp on the bottom of the stock wrist. There are no other stamps on the exterior of the stock. The “GAW” stamp is indicative of mid-WWII re-build at Springfield Armory.

The Butt Plate on the stock is the fine checkered type that retains 85% of its parkerized finish with wear on the edges. The Lower Sling Swivel Assembly is the correct milled type that retains 95% of its parkerized 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 90% of its thinning parkerized finish with a few small scratches on the sides. The Stacking Swivel is milled and retains 95% of its parkerized 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 parkerized finish. The Sling Swivel is the solid shank type and retains 90% of its finish. The Band Retaining Spring retains 80% of its finish.

This is a beautiful Springfield Model 1903A1 Service Rifle from the late 1920s that sits in a “C” stock installed at Springfield Armory in mid-WWII, and is in very fine condition. The bolt is tight in battery and the rifle headspaces correctly using Clymer "GO" and "NO GO" gauges. This rifle functions perfectly.

This rifle is C&R eligible and will come shipped in a new Plano rifle hard case. This rifle will also come with a 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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