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Old 06-26-2020, 02:03 PM
Mriflenut Mriflenut is offline
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Default Rock Island barrel dates

Help me to understand RIA 1903 barrel dates. Looking on Vishooters web page I can't see a pattern where barrel dates are consistent with receiver dates. For example I have serial number 269606 which is a January 1918 receiver with a 12 of 18 barrel. Was this receiver set aside once the DHT started in May of 18 then finished after the war was won. I would have thought with the war going on they would have built rifles as quickly as possible. I know there are several other possibilities to how this barrel was mated to this receiver but am interested in how Rock Island was operating during this time period.
Thanks for any insight. Troy
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