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jwvargas 10-20-2019 08:06 PM

M1903 USMC Rebuild?
 
I stopped in at the NS on Friday and came home with a Rock Island 1903. It appears to be a nice mixmaster rifle but I found the buttplate stippled, barrel with pipe wrench marks and a punch mark next to the serial number which are supposed to be traits that one would find on a USMC rebuild. The rifle dates to 1920 but the barrel is a RIA 11-1918 one. The parkerizing is a light grey in color. It sits in a S stock with RIA/FK stamp on it. The bolt is marked CC which should be a WWII replacement but no other markings on it. It was inspected at the CMP by Armorer #11. Can any of the experts help me determine if this is a USMC rebuild or is it just a nice mixmaster?
Regards,
Jim

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Nah9w6gjFhR39NBN6

RedSpecial 10-20-2019 08:49 PM

I think it looks pretty good to be a USMC rifle.

John Beard 10-20-2019 09:31 PM

Yes, you have a USMC rifle. I work with armorer #11. She probably replaced the bolt in your rifle because it probably came with a straight-handle bolt.


J.B.

jwvargas 10-20-2019 09:45 PM

Red and JB, thanks for the confirmation. It justifies my getting up at 3 am and driving 7 hours round trip to bring it home!

sport10990 10-21-2019 08:48 AM

Does it also have a hatcher hole? The barrel vice marks would have been done in the late 30's (same time they would be doing the hatcher hole) with usually a barrel from that time period with the exceptions of having a serviceable older barrel.

jwvargas 10-21-2019 09:29 AM

Yes, it has the larger left side hole as well as the smaller right side hole.

1563621 10-21-2019 09:32 AM

Congrats on a nice pick up!

Mike D 10-21-2019 11:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Beard (Post 1878614)
Yes, you have a USMC rifle. I work with armorer #11. She probably replaced the bolt in your rifle because it probably came with a straight-handle bolt.


J.B.


If the current bolt is a replacement, would it be possible for the bolt that was on the rifle to have been serialized to the rifle, yet still replaced?

Mike

John Beard 10-21-2019 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mike D (Post 1878713)
If the current bolt is a replacement, would it be possible for the bolt that was on the rifle to have been serialized to the rifle, yet still replaced?

Mike

Yes. CMP Inspection requires that high number rifles be fitted with curved handle bolts.

J.B.

cplnorton 10-21-2019 05:50 PM

That's a shame they do swap them.

The Marines never pulled the straight handle bolts from service, and really you never see them even mention anything about their safety in any of the documents.

The rifle would have had a numbered bolt when it was originally rebuilt, so at some point it has been lost. It's quite possible it happened long before the CMP, but no way to know.


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