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Old 03-18-2017, 01:20 PM
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Default RA 1903, 1942 - any signs of rebuild? **PICS**

Picked this up today and it appears to be all original, but I'm not an expert on these. The stock has a very faint remnant of an unknown mark behind the trigger guard but there is too much wear on the rest of it to make out any other markings. Are there any details that would indicate whether it has been rebuilt or not?








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Old 03-18-2017, 01:21 PM
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:22 PM
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:31 PM
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A few parts are lacking 'R' markings (cutoff, trigger guard, front sling swivel band). If the stock is not cut for the 1903A3 hand guard band then it may be original to rifle.
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:47 PM
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Sounds like some of the parts were replaced, then, since they don't have the "R"?

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Old 03-18-2017, 01:55 PM
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The handguard is also a replacement. Remington M1903s had a "modified" high hump handguard. As for the "cuts" in the stock look at it from the top at the receiver area. If a M1903A3, there will be "slots" on either side for the 03A3 handguard ring.
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:01 PM
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I used to worry about originality. I thought about replacing the installed stamped trigger guard with a correct Remington guard. Decided that only matters if it is an investment. I enjoy shooting it and so do my children and will never sell it. We display it as a reminder of it historical significance.

Still kind of hurts to see your milled trigger guard though.
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Old 03-18-2017, 02:12 PM
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Oh well! Probably not realistic to expect it to be all original. The search continues...






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Old 03-18-2017, 02:39 PM
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There is a remnant of a boxed inspector stamp on the left upper wrist. It looks appropriately shaped for the RLB inspection initials. If you can make out the initials, there is a good chance that it is original to the gun.
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