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Old 05-28-2020, 09:39 PM
tzachary tzachary is offline
 
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Default Rock Island Arsenal M1903 w/ SA 3-39 Barrel - TMP Store pickup from today

Two friends and I made the trip down to the TMP Store today after JustinandKim and PH68 gave such impressive reports from yesterday. Both were correct in saying that there was an outstanding selection of very handsome bolt guns available.

While I haven't gone through and photographed the other rifles just yet, I wanted to see if anyone could shed some light on this RIA that was picked up.

It is S/N 369679 and has a March '39 Springfield barrel with the asterisk punched at 6 o'clock on the crown. The other barrel marking is I(1?)474 under the handguard. I know that RIA's extra parts went to Springfield after WW1, but I was curious as to if there was a rhyme or reason as to when certain RIA serial numbers had barrels installed, or if it was purely by chance?

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Old 05-28-2020, 10:09 PM
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Nice looking rifle hard to tell from the pic but it looks like a “star gauged” barrel. I have RIA 369495 with 12-29 barrel that was probably a USMC rifle. If you don’t mind what’s the going price for a 03 at TMP

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Old 05-28-2020, 10:09 PM
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Nice score, I was Googling anything I could about the rilfe yesterday.

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Old 05-29-2020, 06:06 AM
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Itís not the original barrel for that rifle. Looks like an ex national match barrel removed from a NM rifle at rebuild that was found serviceable, wound up in spares and was used in rebuild of the RIA rifle. The star on the muzzle is the star gauge mark and the number is the star gauge record number.
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Old 05-29-2020, 06:07 AM
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If you donít mind whatís the going price for a 03 at TMP
$695 out the door for one like the one in the photos. $716.90 out the door for the 1903-A3 rifles.

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Nice score, I was Googling anything I could about the rilfe yesterday.
No kidding, I've tried Googling for several hours now and haven't come up with anything conclusive, so there was no way it was happening in the allotted time at the store.

I will try to get some better photos of the star gauge mark later this morning when it is brighter outside.
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Old 05-29-2020, 06:13 AM
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I agree with Twh1997. After the 1940 NM's where the M1903 NM wasn't going to be used anymore, any Star Gauged barrels would have just been seen as a serviceable barrel for replacement.

Also leading into WWII, there was such a shortage of rifles. Every branch was desperate for rifles in 1942 that they were raiding depots of loose parts and assembling as many functioning rifles as they could.

So much was coming out of moth balls and being assembled for the war effort.

But regardless, that is a really nice looking rifle. And well worth more than what you paid for it!

Thank you so much for sharing.
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Old 05-29-2020, 06:56 AM
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Very nice RIA!!
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Old 05-29-2020, 08:44 AM
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Itís not the original barrel for that rifle. Looks like an ex national match barrel removed from a NM rifle at rebuild that was found serviceable, wound up in spares and was used in rebuild of the RIA rifle. The star on the muzzle is the star gauge mark and the number is the star gauge record number.
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I agree with Twh1997. After the 1940 NM's where the M1903 NM wasn't going to be used anymore, any Star Gauged barrels would have just been seen as a serviceable barrel for replacement.

Also leading into WWII, there was such a shortage of rifles. Every branch was desperate for rifles in 1942 that they were raiding depots of loose parts and assembling as many functioning rifles as they could.

So much was coming out of moth balls and being assembled for the war effort.

But regardless, that is a really nice looking rifle. And well worth more than what you paid for it!

Thank you so much for sharing.

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Very nice RIA!!
Thank you for the kind words gentlemen, it was a fun day for all of us. Here is a bit better view of the end of the muzzle in the sunlight.



Along with the rest of the haul, save for a M1903-A3 and another SA M1:



Lots of barrels were gauging 1's and 0's yesterday, it was wild.
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Old 05-29-2020, 08:57 AM
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Which 1917 did you get?
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Old 05-29-2020, 09:24 AM
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Nice!!...I am too far away-thats just not fair
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