A couple of weeks ago, a Redditor named Mark occurred across a Remington M1903 “03-A3” sniper rifle at a yard sale. He snatched it up without the need of getting positive of what he had, but it turns out his gut was correct. Mark supplied much more photographs of his new-to-him Remington M1903-A3. Offered the numerous faked surplus rifles out there, Mark’s instance would be tough to fake as you can see from the photographs under. The following is from Mark’s initial post on Reddit.
This is my components matching 03a4 that I discovered at a yard sale. Cartouches are crisp and comparatively clean gun. The scope is a repro m82 as the original owner lost it years ago. He purchased this gun from DCM back in the day and it sat in his closet for 30-40 years.
From my restricted understanding of these only 28k exactly where ever produced throughout the course of planet war two till they switched more than to the m1c and stopped production. This is the initially official from the ground up sniper rifle ever constructed by the United States.
*the entire gun is original which includes the barrel even so it did go into re-arsenal just after the war. The only non original element seems to be a single barrel band when it went by way of re-arsenal.
Other than the rifle scope getting a reproduction, every little thing else seems to be in order to be an actual M1903 A4. For these asking yourself how an “03-A3” (as observed on the receiver above) could be an M1903A4, an excerpt from the American Rifleman magazine explains that in spite of the factory markings, about 28,00 had been destined to come to be A4’s and had been officially taken in as such by the United States.
Interestingly, the “’03-A3” nomenclature remained on the receiver ring of the new M1903A4 sniper rifle even though this marking was applied to the intense left of the receiver ring and the serial quantity stamped on the intense correct side which permitted each markings to be plainly visible with the Redfield mount in spot.
The M1903’s seller’s explaination of the original scope getting lost is curious. On the other hand, Numrich’s reproduction M82 rifle scopes had higher praise on the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship System) forum. Reproduction scopes look to have ranged from about $400 to $500. Mark snagged the entire M1903A3 sniper rifle for $500! You can verify out other good offers TFB has reported on Right here.
What do you believe about Mark’s yard sale uncover? For M1903 authorities, are there any other inform tale indicators to show that it is an original or a fake? Offered that genuine M1903 sniper rifles go for thousands of dollars, what would you guess this a single is worth considering that the original scope was replaced by a reproduction?
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