3 out of 5 of them are armed with 1903A3’s. My firearms stolen was my graduation present. I recently participated in an impromptu military rifle match where my Springfield and I were pitted against M1A1’s, M1 Garands, and AR-15’s. The cam pin was a little tight so had to a little bit of … That is a neat video. I own two WWII-era Remington 1903a3’s, both in really nice condition with minimal throat and barrel wear. Springfield Armory National Historic Site: Springfield 1903 - See 297 traveler reviews, 175 candid photos, and great deals for Springfield, MA, at Tripadvisor. Good piece that covered history and a gun to own. The stuff they come out with now, and for the last 30 years ago is Junk(you pick the brand). http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=15846. One of my favorite military rifles of all time. Initially, most of the info I needed to know what type of gun was obscured by the scope mount. The sling is threaded through the stacking swivel (open-loop piece on front band), instead of where it should go (closed loop on lower band). Unfortunately their popularity has also contributed to their current scarcity. Sling swivel appear to be from a 1903 rather than an 03A3. I own two 1903A3s and enjoy them very much. Nice looking rifle. Can’t imagine there are many public schools with that sort of setup these days. Also,the mounting bolt for the barrel band appears to be missing. Springfield 1903 Butt Plate New Old Stock. I would love to have an A3. What are you talking about? Maybe I can learn from their lack of foresight. The Elderly man I bought it from, said his brother used it to shoot Grizzly Bears and camp meat in Alaska with it Durring Construction of the Alaskan Hwys, from ’20s-’50s. As the user worked the bolt, it extracted the spent round and a fresh round rolled into the chamber. Had to speak to several people to get it replaced. On the rifle there is a text box and it says this word for word: “the appearance of the Springfield rifles fooled the Germans into thinking that the Americans had machine guns”. It is a Great Rifle, and dont plan to part with it. Holds five rounds in the chamber. Soon after the bolt-action .30-cal. You know what’s weird? Beyond that I may swap the scope for a 3-9 to give my tired eyes a little help. I can send pictures. The solution came in the form of the Norwegian Krag-Jørgensen, reclassified by the US military as the M1892-99. The 1903 Springfield had a pretty good manufacturing and service run. My SHTF gun is still my Garand. Maybe an article on the Museum would be interesting to the readers here. Gibbs Rifles Springfield 1903-A4 Sniper rifle review. "Granpa's Gun Parts" is owned by D. B. Stewart Enterprises, LLC in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Yes I know a millennial that is into guns! That is when I learned that quality firearms hold their value. There are hundreds of photos that show squads in Italy and the ETO with 70-90% ’03’s as late as 1945. Lots of hours and “elbow grease.” roger, I have had a few 1903a3 rifles, and I now have another with a chamber and 4 groove bbl that are factory fresh. Thank you for an excellent article! Not to mention the heavy 30-06 round’s ability to zip through heavy car doors and Kevlar tends to negate all but the heaviest of cover when you really need to root out the most stubborn zombies. In response the 1903 Mark I was deployed. The Army used this weapon exclusively in both the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War. I found it a week or so before the following Thanksgiving. Magazine cutoff switch serves two purposes: preventing rounds from feeding from the chamber, and as a bolt-stop device (bolt comes free from the receiver when it’s flipped halfway between the ON and OFF positions. It is a pleasure to shoot. This in practice, like many World War I tactics/strategies/policies, was pure lunacy. our price: $24.95 . ©COPYRIGHT 2021, THETRUTHABOUTGUNS.COM ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This was in 1963. I’ve also used the 03-A3 on countless jack rabbit hunts. The 1903a3 utilized a simpler aperture sight mounted at the rear of the receiver which had the advantage of being far more rugged as well as increasing the rifle’s sight radius. Your assumption can only be correct. Unfortunately, the design proved unreliable with an utter lack of stopping power and was quickly scrapped. Learned the 16 count manual of arms and how to hold this weapon at arms length until your arms were trembling. Those were the rifle between the muzzle loaders and the Krag and there were plenty of trapdoors in Cuba! Thanks. Nothing wrong with that. IIRC. I just can’t cozy up to AR’s. Reliability * * * * * To be honest, I have not set foot in a Sears in over 30 years. If only they had continued targeting the sports and outdoors market, and not divested their financial subsidiaries, their fortunes might be much better at present. I have an old 03-A3 Springfield, two groove that I received in 1978 with no wood or stock accessories. It was built with an ever increasing number of stamped parts until sometime in 1942 by Remington. Throughout World War I, the soldiers in the trenches had complained that the Springfield didn’t make an ideal raiding weapon. Free floating rounds were placed in a magazine well on the side of the rifle at a slight incline. My son and I have inherited a Smith-Corona 03-a3 from his great grandfather. There is certainly merit in having removable magazines, but the lines of this old beauty would have been ruined. I have a two-groove A3 and it shoots into an inch at 100 yards quite handily with modern sporting ammo. I've wanted one for decades and I really wanted an already sporterized rifle instead of a factory un-altered military configuration. Thank you James for the article. Had racks of these for all the boots at Great Lakes Naval Training Center. It would work perfectly fine that way, except it wouldn’t be advisable, since you’d no longer have any backup lug in case the main locking lugs failed. That’s because there never was one, the author just repeats wrong information. I’ve got a 03a3 I’m thinking about gitting rid of. I guess they did that to keep the upper band from falling off since it’s retaining screw is missing. And you can look our website about اغانى. 1903/A3 Springfield. A few things the article gets VERY wrong. The barrels were clean but the rifling looked shallow. So, I’m a History Education major, and consider myself an milsurp enthusiast but by no means an expert and I would like to ask a question to people that probably know more about this rifles wonderful history than I do. THe use of the magazine cutoff is well-established. That year was my first hunt in 3 years. Springfield 1903A3 4 Groove Barrel. Why my ancestors didn’t buy these and stash them away, I don’t know. Are they chrome lined and just appear shallow? When further inspecting, found that it is a smith-corona o3a3 that has been sporterized with a fajen stock. Mounted with it’s 3-9 x 40 Nikon scope she is a pleasure to show and is on the mark at 150 yards. Comments Required. or some really good gunsmith work? Can’t wait to take it out and see what it does. Shortly after the beginning of World War II production of the 1903 was abandoned and the 1903a3 was rolled out. roger, That “Tru Oil” was hand rubbed after every seven coats. In 1898, when U.S. troops went to Cuba to fight in the Spanish–American War, they were armed with the .30-40 caliber U.S. Krag rifle. Very cool I was under the impression that the vast majority of custom rifles were based on Mausers of various makes, although I guess, technically the Springfield is a Mauser-action. Wake Island was a refueling base for the trans Pacific “PanAm” clipper flying boats and US territory. The rounds feed up and are chambered by the bolt, untill the magazine is empty, then, the cutoff being on, the bolt is stopped by a notch in the magazine follower. Every year my highschool has a survey where we vote for new sports, I always vote for a rifle team and archery. Original 1903 A3 US Springfield Magazine Floorplate 1903A1 1903A3 and 1903A4 This is a very rare item and will not last. The two groove barrels are favored by some cast bullet shooters over the four groove for reasons I won’t belabor here. When the battle of the bulge hit. 1903a3 Springfield 30 06 Walnut Stock Us Gi Mil Contour Project 7 62 303 Sporter. http://www.gibbsrifle.com/1903-a4_sniper_rifle_.html, http://www.nranews.com/videos/Treasure+J274+The+Pedersen+Device.aspx, http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=15846. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. If you tried to machine a nice tight fit it’d just make it more likely to bind and cause friction when dirt gets into it. When operating the bolt action, it seems extremely “wiggly” when pulled back as far as it will go. The Marines did NOT “wade ashore on Wake island with 1903 rifles” . (Especially the case now that the CMP is officially sold out of them for good.). . the question is, did Mauser wind up getting royalties? I pleaded my case to the store manager and was promptly told to p*ss off with the obligatory condescending flick of the wrist. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. $25.00 shipping Springfield Armory rebuilt M-1903 rifles to “as new” specification until sometime in late 1944 or early 1945. Fortunately, the insurance company paid me replacement cost. The U.S. Model 1903 Springfield was a beautiful, beautifully-made rifle that performed even better than it looked. It loaded from a 5-round stripper clip, featured a reinforced locking lug, and a flip-up ladder-sight for long distance volley fire. I was about to list the oversight of the Trapdoor Springfield in the article. When I was a kid my dad bought me an ’03A3 from Sears for $10.00. Chambered in 30-06, the 1903A3 isn’t lacking in firepower or versatility; anything on four legs in North America can be gotten with the venerable 30-06, especially when paired with a modern hunting bullet. I don’t care who starts making them, just do it. The 1903/A3 has also been used as a platform for higher-end sporter rifles, especially by the gunmakers Griffin & Howe. It was stolen when my apartment got broken into (I was young and stupid, didn’t have a safe back then) but the Fayetteville PD recovered it about a year later. Like the rest of the US armed forces in the summer of 1941 they were armed with WW1 rifles , machineguns , and artillery. While utilizing Greek military surplus 30-06 out of a 60+ year old rifle, she still held her own against “vastly superior” modern weapon platforms. Well made and will allow use of the iron sites. I think I would take one of these over a Garand (I’d rather have three of each, of course). I attended a local Military school for 3 years, and entered High School. A better test for your impromtu match would have at ranges up to 500 yards. Both the 1903/A3/A4 and Mauser 98 are worthwhile additions to anyone’s collection, and both make excellent starting points for high-end custom rifles. It first appeared in 1943 and carried a Weaver 330 scope, mounted on a drilled and tapped Redfield base that was created specifically for the gun. It had a real nice and smooth action. I was the armorer in our company of the California Cadet Corps, 1967 – 1968. When you add the horrific losses of weapons in WW2 –well it is easy to see how the 03 would have to solder on. The Mauser’s use of stripper-clips and new ‘spitzer’ or pointed bullet made them load faster and shoot flatter. I managed to take 1st place by a narrow margin that was aided in no small part by the Springfield’s inherent accuracy and generous sight radius. I bought mine for $150 at a gun show in Fayetteville NC back in 1989. Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2016, Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2014. $110.00 UPC: Current Stock: QTY. The Mauser works exactly the same way, and the bolt is just as loose. All firearms made after 1898 require a federal firearms license. It was virtually identical to the original ’03 with the addition of a small cut in the left side of the receiver that acted as an ejection port for the Pederson device. Ever since I bought this issue of Surplus Rifles, I have been Jones-ing for one of these rifles to fill the missing United States representative in my surplus rifle collection. Their solution: simply “borrow” the Mauser design and chamber it in 30-06. I don’t believe I ever have. Shocker right? When “OFF” is showing, the bolt cannot retract far enough to to grab the top round in the magazine. Well I’ve wanted an A3-03 for sometime and saw a couple at a local gun store. One is a Remington and the other one is a Smith-Corona. New parts were manufactured for the M-1903 rifle by Springfield and Remington as well as Smith Caronia and hundreds of subcontractors until 1945. Sounds good, we’d very much appreciate it. Accuracy * * * * * Thanks again! Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Have you never heard of a trapdoor Springfield? Sears was the place to shop back in the 50s and 60s, Darn shame the way it went down hill. Just going to say this: Yuck. May I post some of your comments in the video description section? I’ve only seen about 2 or 3 over the years, but I will say that you are lucky to have one. Remember, on these guns the receiver bridge serves no purposes other than A. to keep the bolt from completely falling out of your gun when you retract the bolt, B. as part of the emergency locking lug (the bolt handle buts against the receiver bridge when closed), C. the location of the stripper clip guide, and D., mount for the rear sight (A3 only). So do I have find? There is also an unissued one in there, unfired, except for a proof round. Thats why i got it so cheap ( for california) $550. Item Number SPF387. 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