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Old 09-18-2019, 05:48 PM
Rarecat Rarecat is offline
 
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Default Expert opinions on CMP 1903

My wonderful wife stopped at the South Store this weekend and with the help of Bobby and Jeff brought home a 6/42 vintage Remington 1903, serial number 3127728. She paid a little extra since it has a "C" stock on it, but it was easily worth it. Here are where the expert opinions are requested:

1) the stock has a boxed RIA over FK cartouche. Different books have different stories of leftover RIA stocks being used in early Remington manufacturing and different timeframes for the use of this cartouche....what say you?

2) the bigger mystery is the barrel, it is a SA 12-18. The books say the rifle should have an RA 5-42 so was this a replacement? Were barrels that old used in arsenal refurbishment?

3) The Bolt and hardware are all correct for a Pre modified Remington 1903 making the barrel and stock the only pieces which don't line up on the time line of the rifle build.

Thoughts, insights and opinions are appreciated.
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Old 09-18-2019, 06:16 PM
John Beard John Beard is online now
 
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Answers are as follows:

1. No evidence has been found that leftover RIA stocks were used in early Remington manufacturing, and certainly not a "C" stock and certainly not a 6/42 vintage Remington. The stock is a replacement.

2. The barrel is a replacement. Serviceable barrels were used in arsenal refurbishment regardless of age.

3. Your rifle has been arsenal-overhauled. Or your rifle may have been substantially repaired at the CMP, which could include stock and barrel replacement, but not likely.

J.B.
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:46 PM
Rick the Librarian Rick the Librarian is offline
 
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RIA/FK was the sign of a wartime rebuild - FK was Frank Krack, chief of small arms in section at Rock Island from 1941 to 1946. I have seen barrels much older than yours used as replacements, some going back to 1905; if a barrel was in usable condition, probably taken off a scrapped receiver, it was good enough to use as a replacement.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:14 PM
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thank you gentlemen, much appreciated
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:15 PM
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John and Rick, I always appreciate your expert comments on USGI firearms. Thank you both for your welcomed contributions to this forum.
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