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Old 10-25-2009, 07:03 PM
Paratrpr Paratrpr is offline
 
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was wondering what RIA serials might have made it overseas for WW1, I have RIA 311,xxx which was manufactured in '18, treaty was signed in Nov. '18, was wondering if it's possible to trace month of manufacturing... thanks
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:27 PM
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Does your rifle have an RIA barrel on it with the month and year?Serial number 300251 was struck on June 30,1918 and serial number 319921 was struck on Aug.1,1918 according to C.S.Ferris's book on the Rock Island M1903.This would put your rifle in the July 1918 period.

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Old 10-26-2009, 04:06 PM
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Hey, that's some great info Krag, I appreciate it. Not sure what the delivery time would have been like toward the end of the war with rifles to Europe once they were manufactured, but possibly a 311,000 series receiver made in July might have made the trip sometime in the following 90 days.

No the barrel isn't RIA, the rifle's a WW2 rebuild. Has an '42 Sedgley USMC barrel that measures 0 at the muzzle. Has all the markings of a Marine Corp re-arsenal: front and rear Marine Corp sights with front cover, stippled butt-plate, hatcher hole, scant stock (Springfield Armory)... regardless, I thinks it's cool that it might have seen service in both wars, or at least was in service during both conflicts. Thanks again for the dates.
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