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Old 06-27-2020, 10:26 AM
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My son and I drove up from Maryland for a 10:30 appointment. We arrived at about 8:45 in the hope that we would be let in early.
The lady at the desk outside let us in at about 9:10.
I apologize for the lack of detail, especially for Garands, but my son and I were looking for bolt guns and we were trying to observe the 30 minute time limit (although we were never rushed by the staff).
There were;

4 long Krags (0 carbines)

10 M1917s (mostly dark bores, but mostly nice looking ones).

12 to 15 03A3s. Roughly half marked good bore and half dark bore.

20 1903s (approximately). Saw a couple each of; Mark Is, Rock Islands and early Remington (Pre-3.02m serial numbers).

Full rack of Springfield Rack Grade Specials.

10-20 WRA Field Grades

I would be guessing at the rest of the Garand stuff.

My son was looking for a long Krag and he found a nice 1898 marked good bore with 2 ME. It is in very nice looking wood with a very sharp 1900 cartouche ant typically glassy-smooth action. Remaining Krags require close inspection of the muzzle crowns.

I was looking for an 03A3 and found a nice Remington marked good bore with 0.5 ME and 1 TW. It is a December 1943 receiver with an 11/43 barrel. The furniture (bands, floorplate, butt plate, etc) are all blued. According to the Canfield book, this indicates early to mid-war production that has likely never been through an armory re-build or refurbishment. This would mean that it is likely in its original WWII configuration (This is fairly unusual for U.S. martial arms).
I don't have photos of my son's Krag, but I have posted some of my 03A3.
As usual a great trip and the staff at the NS was excellent.

https://imgur.com/a/doRwUoh

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Old 06-27-2020, 10:57 AM
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Sounds like a successful trip. Very nice Remington M1903A3.
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Old 06-27-2020, 11:10 AM
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Nice report and you got a nice rifle!! Enjoy!!
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Old 06-27-2020, 02:07 PM
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If one were to apply today for an appointment to get in, how long would it take? I could go for a 1903 but I haven't been able to find a buyer for a few safe queens I want to sell to help finance it. That always keeps the wife happy when I don't raid the savings.
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Old 06-27-2020, 04:20 PM
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At this point I think that you might be better off rolling the dice and showing up as a walk-in, if you want a 1903. When we got there yesterday at 8:45, they had already let 4 walk-ins in the store. Several more got in while I was there.
I got my appointment for June 26th on June 10th. When I got the appointment, I wasn't sure that the supply of bolt guns would last until my appointment date.
As it is, the Krags are almost gone and the 1917s aren't far behind. I wouldn't count on the 1903s lasting much longer either.
Still a lot of nice Grands though.
Good luck in finding your 1903.
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Old 06-27-2020, 06:14 PM
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If one were to apply today for an appointment to get in, how long would it take? I could go for a 1903 but I haven't been able to find a buyer for a few safe queens I want to sell to help finance it. That always keeps the wife happy when I don't raid the savings.
I went a week ago Friday and showed up at 9:30 as a walk-in. I think I waited maybe 20 minutes before I was allowed in. Before I got in we were talking outside about making appointments and how some were lucky to get through after a few tries, and others not so lucky(me). The girl that was doing the sign- ins outside told us that they have suspended taking appointments for now and waiting to see how Ohio proceeds with reopening. From some reports it seems a lot of people aren't showing up for appointments and walk-ins are getting in immediately or after a short wait. Since you live so close to the store, I would just stop by as a walk-in.

As far as 1903's, I was told they had a bunch in the back for restocking the racks. The 1903A3's on the other hand are getting thin and if interested should get there soon.
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Old 06-28-2020, 09:35 AM
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Cool, I missed the part about allowing walk ins.

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I went a week ago Friday and showed up at 9:30 as a walk-in. I think I waited maybe 20 minutes before I was allowed in. Before I got in we were talking outside about making appointments and how some were lucky to get through after a few tries, and others not so lucky(me). The girl that was doing the sign- ins outside told us that they have suspended taking appointments for now and waiting to see how Ohio proceeds with reopening. From some reports it seems a lot of people aren't showing up for appointments and walk-ins are getting in immediately or after a short wait. Since you live so close to the store, I would just stop by as a walk-in.

As far as 1903's, I was told they had a bunch in the back for restocking the racks. The 1903A3's on the other hand are getting thin and if interested should get there soon.
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Old 06-28-2020, 10:13 AM
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Can we discuss Price Ranges for the 1903 & 1903A3 here without breaking any rules?
Looking for one, have purchased multiple rifles from CMP and was always impressed with their Grading System.
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Old 06-28-2020, 10:18 AM
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Can we discuss Price Ranges for the 1903 & 1903A3 here without breaking any rules?
Looking for one, have purchased multiple rifles from CMP and was always impressed with their Grading System.
Bolt Rifles
1903a3 FG Dark Bore - 650.00 SG Shiny Bore - 770.00
1903 FG Dark Bore - 650.00 SG Shiny Bore - 750.00
1903 C stock SG 850.00
1903 FG Mark 1 650.00
1903 SG Mark I 750.00
1903 Mark I C stock - 850.00
1903a4 1300.00

M1917 SG 700.00 M1917
M1917 FG 650.00 M1917

30-40 KRAG 1250.00

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Old 06-28-2020, 04:50 PM
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For what it's worth, both my '03 and '17 were tagged as dark bore. After running a few cleaning swabs through them, they cleaned up great, and both shot fine today when I finally tried them. These bolt guns are VFW, Army-Navy, etc, trade ins, They have had countless blanks fired through them, with questionable cleaning routines. remember, the CMP makes sure the rifle is functioning...not clean
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