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Old 02-10-2019, 05:00 PM
TDP0311 TDP0311 is offline
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Default WTS- SRS hit USMC M1903

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This rifle is one of the rare few that is able to be documented to the Marine Corps. Located by Frank Mallory in the National Archives and recorded in his Springfield Research Service books, on December 23rd, 1938, this rifle was surveyed by the USMC in San Diego, likely for a barrel that needed replacement.

M1903 #808888 had an interesting service life. Wearing a Springfield Armory 8-44 dated barrel, it is likely this rifle was one of tens of thousands that were given to another branch of service in 1943-44, as the Marines had decided to replace the M1903 with the M1 Garand for their combat divisions. Most would go to the navy, but documentation following the Guadalcanal Campaign shows Marine infantry units being instructed to give their old M1903s to any friendly unit that had need for them.

The story of M1903 #808888 probably became far less interesting at the cessation of WWII, as the bore is bright and crisp, with a muzzle reading of “1” on an erosion gauge. This rifle has a mix of Remington parts, and his a sort of shine to it. The Scant stock is solid, and this rifle would make a good shooter. $2000 + shipping to your FFL or C&R.

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Old 02-11-2019, 11:21 AM
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