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Old 05-08-2021, 11:28 PM
Kpsahusker Kpsahusker is offline
 
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Default 1924 Springfield M. 1903 NRA Sporter

Hereís some Photos of my 1924 NRA Sporter.
https://postimg.cc/gallery/MnX2sK5

Some photos show the rifle with the old Lyman Challenger 4X scope with Weaver rings and bases the way my Grandfather had it.
Others show the set-up I have now, with Vortex HS 4-16 X50 scope mounted with Leupold PRW2 rings on a Picatinny Rail.
The Rifle has been customized with a (shortened?) 22Ē barrel that has no markings I can find, a custom (adjustable) trigger, customized/ reversed safety and checkered stock.
I think my grandfather bought the rifle near the time of manufacture, and Iíd like to find out if he bought it new from the DCM, and where the custom work was done. Any help would be appreciated!
It typically shoots groups at or under 1/2 MOA (up to 200 yds so far) with Hornady M1 Garand 168 gr. ELD-Match loads. I plan to shoot farther soon.
Thanks for the opportunity to share and learn! - KPsaHusker
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Old 05-09-2021, 01:16 AM
John Beard John Beard is online now
 
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If your grandfather's name was I. D. Tolen, then yes, he bought the rifle new from the DCM.

J.B.
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:49 AM
Kpsahusker Kpsahusker is offline
 
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Default Rifleís History unfolding

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If your grandfather's name was I. D. Tolen, then yes, he bought the rifle new from the DCM.

J.B.
John, my grandfatherís name was C.J. Miller, but there was an Irl Dentler Tolen who lived in the small town of Ord, NE., where he practiced medicine during the time of Mr. Tolenís life (& death).
His nephew, Tom Tolen, was a schoolmate and friend of my dadís.
I am elated to learn more about the history of the rifle. There were many fine men who served our country during that era whom my grandfather knew and treated and bought or traded firearms with.
Thank you very much for your assistance. Itís fascinating to learn!
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Old 05-09-2021, 12:53 PM
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Wow, great news about the rifles origins.
JB comes through again!
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Old 05-09-2021, 11:16 PM
Kpsahusker Kpsahusker is offline
 
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Default To: Pickax. Sheís a shooter...

Thanks, Pickax! It is exciting to see the history of my rifle. I still wonder who did the custom work on it. Perhaps Iíll never know... and thatís OK. One thing I do know; this rifle sure shoots great!
Take Care, Kevin
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Old 05-10-2021, 12:50 AM
John Beard John Beard is online now
 
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Your rifle was sold as a Sporter by the DCM to I.D. Tolen of Ord, NE, on 25 Sep 1924.

J.B.
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Old 05-10-2021, 06:20 AM
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Default Ord, NE

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Your rifle was sold as a Sporter by the DCM to I.D. Tolen of Ord, NE, on 25 Sep 1924.

J.B.
Thank you for the confirmations, John. Iíll have to see what I can find out from his remaining family. I know there are still some living in the area.
God Bless!
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Old 05-10-2021, 07:46 AM
navyrifleman navyrifleman is offline
 
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Here is some more information:

Irl Dentler Tolen
BIRTH 25 Mar 1887
Loup County, Nebraska, USA
DEATH 4 Nov 1949 (aged 62)
Ord, Valley County, Nebraska, USA
BURIAL
Ord Cemetery
Ord, Valley County, Nebraska, USA
PLOT First Addition, Lot 88

More information on his family and some photos at this link:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...-dentler-tolen
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Old 05-18-2021, 11:13 PM
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Default Following up

Navyrifleman,

Thank you very much !

KPsaHusker
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