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Old 10-05-2018, 12:47 PM
zimm zimm is offline
 
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Default WWII 1903 markings on Remington

I'm trying to learn about my Remington 1903. What can you tell me about it?

Serial: 3021XXX
Barrel: RA 12-41
Stock markings:
Faint box
RIA (Rock Island Arsenal)
FK (Frank Krack inspector)

and also a box with
S.A. (Springfield Armory)
GAW (George A. Woody)

and the crossed cannons.

Underneath is has an "X" forward of the floor plate, and a "B" in front of the rear sling swivel which matches the "B" in the floor plate (Greek rifle?)

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Old 10-05-2018, 03:34 PM
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Sheesh....2 WWII rebuilds. Baby has some history! The "X" indicates it was in the hands of the Greeks. Is the magazine floorplate pinned? The Greeks were known for that as well (even though UD Army did some as well. Not sure about the "B".....
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:45 PM
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Yup, she's pinned. I just don't know if the stock is original to the gun. It sure looks like it. It's a straight stock without finger grooves though. She shoots great.








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Old 10-05-2018, 06:16 PM
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The stock is not likely original to the rifle.



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Old 10-06-2018, 08:37 AM
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I don't know what the "B" stands for, but It is likely something put there by the Greeks.

My Greek 1903 has a similar marking, and I have not seen it on other "non-Greek" 1903's or 03A3's that I have owned or handled.
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Old 10-06-2018, 08:40 AM
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The B means the floor plate is pinned and the X is generally associated with rifles rebuilt by the Greeks while in their service.
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:35 PM
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RIA/FK is a rebuild or inspection stamp from Rock Island, 1941-46. Frank Krack was chief of small arms inspection at Rock Island during that period.

SA/GAW - Springfield Armory - George A. Woody was commander from 1943 to 1944. Another overhaul or inspection stamp.
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:01 PM
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As Rick pointed out, with two overhaul inspection stamps in the stock, there's no telling where the rifle is that the stock was originally taken off of. But it was not likely your rifle.

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