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Old 02-28-2013, 05:01 AM
HughUno HughUno is offline
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Default Auction Report 03A3 (Vultee Marked Guard Rifle)


HIGH BID: $405.00

Although (apparently) not meant to be shot, bore condition seems to indicate someone shot it a good bit!

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Old 02-28-2013, 08:50 AM
TW56 TW56 is offline
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There is an interesting thread over on Jouster/Culver's board about the legitimacy of the "Vul Tee Avia. marked 03A3.



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Old 02-28-2013, 09:17 AM
chuckindenver chuckindenver is offline
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big POS, Nat Ord, made up to be something its not, fresh paint...not safe to fire.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:26 PM
captaincalc captaincalc is offline
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curious piece, curious thread over at culver... most of the guys there seem to think it's a real rootin' tootin' shootin' rifle. I'd be real leery of using it as a rifle till I knew the whole story. Any number of background stories... anybody here have kin or kith who were in Vul Tee?
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:32 PM
S99VG S99VG is offline
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Could be bogus. First of all it was Vultee and not Vul Tee. Second, it was Vultee Aircraft Corporation and never Vul Tee Aviation, or AVIA. Then it also could have nothing to do with the aircraft company.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:47 PM
Calif-Steve Calif-Steve is offline
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Many folks regard this thing as a National Ordnance fake. It has the casting signs of National Ordnance. Piece of junk?
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:38 AM
jgaynor jgaynor is offline
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Not to mention there were "no surplus 03-A3" parts "just floating around" during WW2. If the company was a legitimate defense contractor they could have obtained real guns form the Army. The "story" is complete BS.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:21 PM
sigman2 sigman2 is offline
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Cast National Ordnance receiver... no stripper clip guides either.

If 03A3 rifles were in such short order that they couldn't spare any to issue to plant guards there were a lot of M1917s and Krags still around that could have been used.

Looks like total BS to me.
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