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Old 06-25-2018, 08:31 PM
vp146b4 vp146b4 is offline
 
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I'm fascinated with the history of the Rock Island '03s. I have a Rock Island, 3832xx, with a 9/28 Springfield barrel. Could it have been initially assembled at Springfield? Are there any approximate ranges of RI serial numbers, that could have been assembled at Springfield? What happened to the records? Didn't Springfield keep some records of what was done with the Rock Island receivers?. I'm curious where my Rock Island was finally assembled.
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Old 06-25-2018, 08:53 PM
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Your rifle may or may not have been assembled at Springfield Armory. About half the Rock Island receivers between S/N 375,000 and S/N 400,000 were assembled at Springfield Armory with most falling above S/N 388,000. Virtually all receivers above S/N 400,000 were assembled at Springfield Armory.


The Springfield Armory records are safely secured in a government warehouse right next to the Hebrew Ark of the Covenant from "Raiders of the Lost Ark."


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Old 06-25-2018, 09:34 PM
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Thanks J.B. Which Isle and Row number in that warehouse are the files kept?
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:55 PM
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thanks j.b. Which isle and row number in that warehouse are the files kept?

BR549.


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Old 06-26-2018, 05:45 AM
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Your rifle may or may not have been assembled at Springfield Armory. About half the Rock Island receivers between S/N 375,000 and S/N 400,000 were assembled at Springfield Armory with most falling above S/N 388,000. Virtually all receivers above S/N 400,000 were assembled at Springfield Armory.


The Springfield Armory records are safely secured in a government warehouse right next to the Hebrew Ark of the Covenant from "Raiders of the Lost Ark."


J.B.
Mr. Beard,
I know some RIA receivers were not marked with their serial number, and later sent to Springfield Armory where they were assembled, and SA added their serial numbers to these receivers, well over 1 mil range. Way over what you would expect to see on a RIA receiver.

Do you have any idea how many of these RIA receivers were stamped with such high numbers?
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Old 06-26-2018, 07:36 AM
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The Springfield Armory records are safely secured in a government warehouse right next to the Hebrew Ark of the Covenant from "Raiders of the Lost Ark."


J.B.
Waltham, Massachusetts?

Just kidding.

the Springfield Armory 1915-1930 General Correspondence is located at the NARA regional location at that site. They had neat stuff but didn't have anything on the RIA receivers you mentioned above. For what it's worth.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:21 AM
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Just as an example, here's my "high number" Rock Island M1903. I believe I've heard that about 1200-1500 were marked like mine. My rifle has a poorly stamped SA 12-28 barrel.




And, for the OP, you should obtain a copy of C.S. Ferris' book on the Rock Island M1903. Available at several online sources.
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Old 06-26-2018, 09:41 AM
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Default S/A assembled RIA's.

I have a SA in the 1.2 million range that has a small "o" stamped under the SA serial number. I was told that this is a SA finished Rock island receiver. All parts are SA.
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:00 AM
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Mr. Beard , Junior Samples will be MAD . Bob
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Old 06-26-2018, 11:51 AM
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I have a SA in the 1.2 million range that has a small "o" stamped under the SA serial number. I was told that this is a SA finished Rock island receiver. All parts are SA.
You were told correctly.

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