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Old 06-20-2019, 11:00 AM
Rick the Librarian Rick the Librarian is online now
 
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I can remember while still in High School, my friends and I bought some high numbered 1903 rifles. The local range owner had a service to drill your receiver for the Hatcher hole for a few bucks while you waited. Other gunsmiths also drilled the Hatcher hole.

My point is that not all the Hatcher holes were drilled by the military
I examined a collection of mostly high numbered M1903s which included one with an obviously "civilian drilled" Hatcher Hole.
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Old 06-20-2019, 12:46 PM
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Default USMC Hatcher Holes

Below are the USMC Hatcher Holes that I have seen up close and personal.
The first is from a USMC rifle my buddy Paul picked up during this sale of 1903s. Looks like drilling threw up a pretty good ridge and was never de-burred.



This is one from a rifle I had a while back. It looks to have been de-burred after being drilled.



The non-USMC Hatcher Holes I saw on 1903s this past Saturday all looked to be very cleanly drilled and different from the above in finished look.

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Old 06-20-2019, 04:02 PM
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Old 06-21-2019, 08:23 AM
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Was the Hatcher hole always on the left side? I have a 1.09 with the hole on the right side. Got the gun yesterday at the SS.
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Old 06-21-2019, 09:08 AM
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Was the Hatcher hole always on the left side? I have a 1.09 with the hole on the right side. Got the gun yesterday at the SS.
Yes. The Hatcher Hole was always on the left side. The original gas escape hole, as you noted, was on the right side. But Army Ordnance finally figured out that the right side hole didn't work and eventually eliminated it.

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Old 06-25-2019, 04:04 AM
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1903A2 rifles are very cool and yours looks great! They are extremely rare in their original sub caliber configuration and rebuilt ones are pretty scarce. I looked around for some A2 pics and your rifle's serial number is in range with other known guns. Congrats on picking up those rifles!











The Springfield Armory Museum has an A2 in original configuration in their collection: https://tinyurl.com/Museum-1903A2

Brophy discusses the A2 rifles in his book and also includes a drawing of the brass bushing with dimensions. It would be pretty cool to have someone make a replica bushing in order to restore your rifle to it's original A2 configuration!

https://tinyurl.com/Brophy-1903A2

He's a few pics of my Rock Island 1903A2:




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Old 06-25-2019, 04:11 AM
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Out of curiosity, is your trigger still staked in place? Here's what mine looks like:

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Old 06-25-2019, 08:07 AM
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Great post.

Very nice rifles...
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Old 06-25-2019, 08:30 AM
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Out of curiosity, is your trigger still staked in place? Here's what mine looks like:

It is still staked. Thanks for posting the photos with the devise attached, I hadnít seen one, I couldnít find a photo.... Well done Marine!!! I was a 0311/0369/8654 during my time. SF
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:38 AM
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I sure wish I lived closer to Anniston! Iím missing out on some great deals. 😩
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