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Old 02-11-2018, 06:54 PM
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I just bought an M1903 Rock Island Arsenal , sorry I'm not able to post pictures for some reason but I can e mail to anyone interested. I'm trying to determine the originality of this rifle.
It is serial number 100438 , RIA bbl date is 11/08 R 5 heat lot and P on bottom of bbl. H on bayonet lug. Front sling band is marked U. Stock has cartouche looks like 1908 , Circle P is visible with a C below it, Bolt is blue with mark on bottom flat of handle the, Rifle is coated in dry grease/cosmoline in areas. Came with an M 1905 SA 1918 bayonet in canvas sheath and with a wooden dowel with firing pin, striker and extractor. Stock I believe is type 2 with an S on front of stock below barrel and is still high wood at receiver.
Any info on parts ID will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-11-2018, 08:56 PM
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CMP will not know anything about your problem posting pictures. Get a neighbors kid to help you.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:08 PM
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Images of Durango56's Rock Island M1903:

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Old 02-12-2018, 06:52 AM
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Images of Durango56's Rock Island M1903:

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Old 02-12-2018, 08:07 AM
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Bolt looks like it needs some love.
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:32 AM
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Yeah it needs a good cleaning, it's dried grease.
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:21 PM
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Wow! That's a Nice looking 03!
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Old 02-14-2018, 06:52 PM
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Thanks, I'm new to the 03's trying to figure out all the parts and pieces is a little harder than my Garands, but I'm getting there.
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:52 AM
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Looks promising.

I think the upper band might be replaced. Rock Island rifles did not have "H" on the bayonet lug.

Once you get the receiver out of the stock, it would be interesting to see if the bottom of the fixed sight base is open or solid; originals are open (have a cut-out).

Check to see if the stock has been altered from the Rod Bayonet configuration (plugged band screw hole under the upper band) and if the fore-end of the stock has a large "S" on it or not. No original Rock Island stocks are supposed to have been altered from Rod Bayonet configuration, so if you find one it's a rare find!

If you can get access to a copy, "Springfield Model 1903 Service Rifle Production and Alteration 1905-1910" by C.S. Ferris and John Beard would be very useful to you...
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:04 AM
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Default 03

Thanks for the info, The bottom of the fixed sight base is solid, I don't see any evidence of it ever having a Rod Bayonet,
It does have large S on forend of stock. I'm trying to find a copy of Springfield Model 1903 Service Rifle Production & Alteration 1905- 1910
Thanks again for the info and looking.
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