View Full Version : WTS: Springfield 1903 Star Gauge Barrel - Mint Condition (1938)

07-04-2011, 07:45 PM
<< Sold Pending Funds to RD69 >>

Offering for sale a Springfield 1903 Star Gauge barrel dated SA-1-38. Barrel is in mint original condition, and is virtually "As-New" with no signs of use or refinishing. Star Gauge symbol is clearly visible on the muzzle as well as the Star Gauge test number "R 2436" stamped on top of the barrel. Bore and chamber are absolutely pristine with zero wear, as are the threads and original Parkerized finish. Cosmolene soaked wax paper on chamber end suggests that this was either an unused replacement barrel or an arsental take-off from a new rifle. Only flaw anywhere is the presence of a minor tool mark where the original rear sight collar has been removed, which will be hidden by the sight collar once it has been installed.

Price is $400, including shipping to the Lower 48. First one to post here with an unconditional "I'll Take It" followed by a PM or email to the Seller wins the prize. Payment by USPS Money Order only. For details, see Terms and Conditions below.

Peconga in Boise, Idaho


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1. The first unconditional "I'll Take It" posted here trumps all conditional postings, PMs and email messages.
2. Posting "I'll Take It" must be followed within TWO (2) HOURS by a PM or email with your full name, address and email address to confirm.
3. If you have questions, please send me a PM or email, however this does not put you first in line for the item(s).
4. Payment by U.S. Postal Money Order only; No other forms of payment will be accepted, including PayPal, credit cards, checks, or money orders from any other source.
5. Payment must be received within seven (7) days, or the item will be re-listed for sale and a pox will be visited upon your tribe.
6. Items will be shipped by UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail with insurance and delivery tracking; please specify if you have a preference.
7. Shipping to the Lower 48 states only; Hawaii or Alaska may cost more (please inquire).
8. Item(s) are sold in "As Is" condition. All sales are final, no returns or refunds. No guarantees implied or expressed.

(That's enough fine print for one day...) ;-)

07-05-2011, 01:29 AM
Is the barrel meant for mounting on a service rifle or NRA sporter? Thanks

07-05-2011, 07:25 AM
I'll take it". email sent.

07-05-2011, 12:12 PM
Is the barrel meant for mounting on a service rifle or NRA sporter? Thanks

This barrel is for a standard service rifle with rear sight mounted on the barrel. The NRA Sporter barrel had a slightly heavier profile throughout and was designed to be used with a rear sight mounted on the receiver, not on the barrel. An NRA Sporter barrel would have a blued finish for the full length and would not be machined to accept the rear sight collar. These machine steps would be 1) slightly reduced diameter in the chamber area where the sight collar slides over the barrel; 2) a lateral (crosswise) machine cut on the bottom of the barrel for securing the sight collar; 3) a longitudinal (lengthwise) machine cut on top of the barrel for the locating pin to prevent the sight collar from rotating; these would be present on a service barrel but not on an NRA Sporter barrel.

In addition, the Star Gauge number on an NRA Sporter barrel would be stamped on the bottom of the barrel (where it would not be visible; remember there is no handguard on the NRA Sporter), not on the top like the service model. In either case, the "Star Gauge" refers to a special precision measurement tool used by Springfield Armory to verify that the barrel met some very tight standards for bore and groove diameter. Star Gauge barrels were typically used only on National Match rifles and variations as well as NRA Sporters, and were considered the "Gold Standard" of accuracy in their day. Star Gauge barrels were also sold separately by Springfield Armory to civilian shooters through the DCM program (predecessor to the CMP), which is probably where this one came from.

Contact me by PM or email if you need an NRA Sporter barrel for restoration purposes, and I may be able to help you.