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Old 12-07-2016, 09:05 PM
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Default Custom M1903 Match Rifles

Going back 20 years I had collected quite a few US service rifles including several M1903 variants along with bayonets. Most were sold thru Rock Island Auction in 2013 or 2014. Some of the folks here may own them now.

I could not leave well enough alone and started buying vintage target rifles including those built on Springfield receivers. I need to get better photos. This one was a condition photo prior to my last relocation.

The bottom rifle is on a M1903A3 receiver in a laminated prone stock (maker unknown), with a Dayton-Traister trigger and an Obermeyer barrel in 7.62 x 51. When I bought it it was wearing a 24X Redfield 3200 scope which now resides on my wifes 40X F-class smallbore rifle.

The upper rifle is very interesting. It is on a M1903A4 receiver, in a Marksman style stock (maker unknown), Canjar trigger, heavy barrel (maker unknown) in .308 cal. I know some provenance on this rifle. It was owned by a Col. Gayle Bahr. He was from Mississippi. The following is from a gent who knew Col. Bahr:

I had the privilege of knowing Col. Bahr. He lived in Hernando Mississippi and was the founder of the Desoto Rifle and Pistol Club. He was a High Master in rifle and pistol I believe. I remember one of his Highpower Rifles as a Springfield Action that had been barreled and built by Boots Obermeyer. He shot a Winchester 52 in our prone smallbore matches. He and his wife also shot trap and skeet as I recall. He was a retired Air Force officer and a banker after that. He was a first class gentleman.


I know many think this is sacrilege but back in the 50s and 60s Springfields were a dime a dozen. All in all this was not a bad fate for them.

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Old 12-31-2016, 06:04 AM
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1955 No.4 MK 2......Beautiful peacetime production Enfield. Bought it several years ago from a good friend who purchased it still in factory wrapping covered in cosmoline. He unwrapped it and cleaned it all up but says he never fired it. I have to take his word for it as I have known him for a long time and he had no reason to lie to me. I still have not shot it.......thinking about it though........



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Old 02-17-2017, 05:38 PM
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:38 PM
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1955 No.4 MK 2......Beautiful peacetime production Enfield. Bought it several years ago from a good friend who purchased it still in factory wrapping covered in cosmoline. He unwrapped it and cleaned it all up but says he never fired it. I have to take his word for it as I have known him for a long time and he had no reason to lie to me. I still have not shot it.......thinking about it though........



Looks good! Just watched one go for $1,125 on GB!
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:00 AM
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1955 No.4 MK 2...... I still have not shot it.......thinking about it though........
There are folks who collect and there are folks who like the smell of gunpowder.

If you don't shoot it... Someday when you are pushing up petunias, it will end up on a table at some future garage sale where a pimply faced 17 year old will buy it and carry it around in the bed of his old pickup truck. The kid will shoot the snot out of it and think about taking a hacksaw and customizing the old antique.
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