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Springfield Armory Model 1903A1 Rifle

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Springfield Armory Model 1903A1 Rifle

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This is a very good condition Springfield Model 1903A1 Service 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.

The serial number on this rifle is 1201429, which places its year of production as 1920, making this rifle still technically a Model 1903, not a 1903A1 rifle. The receiver retains 90% 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 receiver retains its bolt hold open device.

The Barrel on this rifle is a Springfield barrel dated May 1931. The barrel is marked with the "SA" stamp over the Ordnance Bomb over the date "5-31." The bottom rear of the barrel (as seen when disassembled) has a “P” firing proof stamp as well as a “R17” heat lot number approximately halfway down the barrel on the lower right side. The Barrel retains 95% of the original finish. The Barrel gauges at less than “1” at the muzzle and has a very shiny bore with frosting in the grooves but very strong rifling so this will still be a very accurate shooting rifle. The Front Sight Base retains the majority of its original finish. The Adjustable Front Sight and Fixed Base are correctly staked "in line" with one another at the front. The front sight is covered by a Front Sight Protector with a circle “S” stamp, indicating the front sight was manufactured by the Sedgley Company prior to WWII.

The Bolt is in excellent condition and is a bent-handle Springfield bolt marked "J5" on the top of the bolt handle root, indicating it was manufactured in the early 1920s when this rifle was manufactured. There is also a four-digit electro-penciled number on the top of the bolt handle root and a hardness test punch mark. The number does not match the serial number on the rifle and could be indicative of Marine Corps use. 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 and a sans serif “M” stamp. The Bolt Sleeve is the correct 3-position type that retains 40% of its original, but now largely faded 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 85% blued finish with wear on the sides and edges. The Firing Pin retains 90% 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 and has the drawing number “C45031” on the left side of the lug.. 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 with the volley notch at the top. The Leaf is Springfield Armory manufactured based on the font type for the numerals "7," "3" and "4." The Rear Sight Base retains considerable original blued finish and the Leaf Spring is also blued. The Drift is the 3rd Type. The Slide retains approximately 75% of the original blued finish. The Binding Knob has the knurled edge without groove and has a concave face. The Windage Knob is the large size that is knurled without groove and also has a flat face. The Windage Knob and friction collar are both blued with the windage knob having a dimpled face and a plum patina. 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 fine, milled type with the shortened trigger slot and it retains 95% of its original finish with slight pitting on the sides of the magazine walls on the outside surface. 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. There is a serif “X” stamp on the interior side of the floor plate. The Follower is milled and retains 75% of its blued finish. The Follower Spring shows considerable original finish and is the correct 1903 type with the rounded bends. Both Trigger Guard Screws retain the majority of their original blued finish with only slightly marred slots.

The Trigger is the correct type with knurled tip and it retains considerable original blued finish in the upper, protected areas. The Sear is parkerized with the rounded nose and it has the sans serif “S” stamp on the left side. The Magazine Cutoff has the sans serif "ON” and "OFF" stamp, which are blued. The cutoff works correctly.

The Handguard has the concave sight protective ramp and short clearance cut. It has the two clips and no fixture slot and it has the early round windage knob cut. The Windage Knob clearance cut is the large semi-circular type. There are normal dings and scratches on the handguard with a more pronounced ding on the right, front. There are no cracks noted 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 very good condition. The right side of the stock, in the cutoff recess, is a serif “S” stamp. Just forward of this is what appears to be a “3” stamp. There is a gouge on the left side, under the rear sight and there is a crack in the lightening hole in the back of the stock but the stock remains solid. There are no other marks on the stock, indicating this may be a Marine Corps stock. This stock has no inlets for the later 1903A3 rifle so it remains in its 1903A1 configuration.

The Butt Plate on the stock is the fine checkered type that retains 85% of its original blued finish with wear on the edges and with old corrosion staining spots on the checkered portion. Both Butt Plate Screws are present and both retain virtually all of their original finish with unmarred slots. The Lower Sling Swivel Assembly is the correct milled type that retains 75% 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 80% of its blued finish that is taking on a plum patina. The Sling Swivel is the early split shank type and retains 70% of its finish.

This is a scarce Springfield Model 1903A1 Rifle from the early 1920s that sits in a “C” stock, and is in very good 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 is C&R eligible and will come shipped in a new Plano rifle hard case. This rifle will come with a historical writeup and a CD with all of the photos. 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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