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Old 07-13-2010, 08:55 PM
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Did the military ever mount/make scoped '03A3's? I thought it was just A4's that were originally scoped...
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:41 PM
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The M1903A4 was marked Model 03-A3. There was never an A4 stamp. Just a "designation".

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Old 07-13-2010, 11:40 PM
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As Mike said, the M1903A4 was not marked as such - however, the markings were "split" to clear the scope mount.
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:05 AM
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Can you show us a picture of the split? Thanks
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Old 07-14-2010, 12:50 AM
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Simple question:

Did the military ever mount/make scoped '03A3's? I thought it was just A4's that were originally scoped...
Simple answer: Yes!

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Old 07-14-2010, 08:39 AM
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Simple answer: Yes!

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Thanks you
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:15 AM
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John's getting technical!

And I guess technically, this would be a Rem. or SC question, not Springfield!

If you look at the pics in this auction, you will see the split stampings. There are NO stampings underneath the scope base. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=178830360
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:18 AM
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John's getting technical!

And I guess technically, this would be a Rem. or SC question, not Springfield!

If you look at the pics in this auction, you will see the split stampings. There are NO stampings underneath the scope base. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=178830360
O ok. I see now. So is that a fool proof way id'ing a sniper model?
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:34 AM
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Yes, ALL A4's were stamped in that manner. There were also only 3 serial # blocks assigned to A4 production.

1st - 3407088-3427087
2nd - 4000001-4015000
3rd - 4992001-5784000

A3 production overran the 2nd block, causing duplicate serial #'s. To correct this, the A4's were stamped with a Z prefix. A4 production from that block was suspended because of this. About 3000 actually made from that block.

Only a little over 6,000 were produced from the 3rd block.

Check out this faker - http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=174899892

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Old 07-14-2010, 09:43 AM
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I can't really pick it out. Is it outside the correct serial number range? the pictures stink
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