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Old 10-28-2019, 04:03 PM
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You just never know when a time machine will show itself to the world......and I found it! This was one of the few early Remington 03's set to New Zealand that survived as issued. It was manufactured in Dec 41, the same year and month the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. It has a 12-41 barrel, and nearly every small part stamped with a R, non GG stock and the OC cartouche next to the boxed RLB Col. Roy L. Bolin, the commander of the Rochester district. It also has a CC marked 1942 sling. I found it on Guns International of all places.






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Old 10-28-2019, 04:27 PM
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Very nice!! Amazing this stuff is still out there. This has been a good year for you....
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Old 10-28-2019, 06:46 PM
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Wonderful find, beautiful rifle!
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:43 AM
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Congratulations, looks really nice.
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Old 10-29-2019, 02:53 PM
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Why were we sending rifles to N.Z. at that time? Surely the military and civilian leaders knew we would need them.
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Old 10-29-2019, 03:47 PM
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Why were we sending rifles to N.Z. at that time? Surely the military and civilian leaders knew we would need them.
In late 1941, we were several thousand miles away from the Japanese empire. Our Kiwi allies were only a few hundred miles away and the Japanese were breathing down their throat. It was wise to send rifles to the Kiwis in lieu of sending both rifles and American young men (soldiers).

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Old 10-29-2019, 04:14 PM
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In late 1941, we were several thousand miles away from the Japanese empire. Our Kiwi allies were only a few hundred miles away and the Japanese were breathing down their throat. It was wise to send rifles to the Kiwis in lieu of sending both rifles and American young men (soldiers).

J.B.

That's right, John. New Zealand was a critical part of our planning. They allowed us great facilities to support our forces which hastened the 1st Marine Division to take Guadalcanal our first win over Japanese forces in the Pacific. I read some where the Marines had Remington 1903 snipers too!
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:07 PM
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As John said, no Remington M1903 "sniper rifles" and apparently, the story of Marines carrying early Remington M1903s on Guadalcanal is just that.
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Old 10-30-2019, 05:21 AM
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As John said, no Remington M1903 "sniper rifles" and apparently, the story of Marines carrying early Remington M1903s on Guadalcanal is just that.
Hello Rick! Bruce Canfield reported in his 1903 story "It has been reported that a number of Remington M1903s were utilized by the U.S. Marine Corps in some of the early Pacific campaigns." The original writing was done in 2002 when many WWII vets were still alive. https://www.americanrifleman.org/art...-m1903-rifles/

By August of 42, over 200 thousand of them had been produced so I would think it possible that some were issued to the Marines, as the landing occurred in August 1942. Regards, Rick.

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Old 10-30-2019, 08:01 AM
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To my knowledge there have been no "Marine" Remington M1903s discovered. Nothing was said that this theory was based on talks with veterans or any other hard information.
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