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Old 05-06-2021, 01:23 PM
Tcheeks38 Tcheeks38 is offline
 
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Been thinking about getting a 1903A3. I already have a Garand. What are some good reasons I to get a 1903A3? Are they more accurate than the Garand? More collectible? Trying to justify this to my wallet.

Any info would be appreciated
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Old 05-06-2021, 01:53 PM
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Buy one now while still a good selection at TMP, and before they're gone and you lose your chance to get a nice one.
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Old 05-06-2021, 02:00 PM
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Some top of mind thoughts.....

1. They ain't making any more of them, and in a year or two they may be much harder to find and more $$, and you might wish you had
2. They are currently available at the TMP store (I see you are in Alabama)
3. If you purchase from TMP, and then later have "buyers remorse" you are almost certain to be able to sell it for what you paid
4. Same ammo as a Garand
5. Lots of really knowledgeable folks here who can proffer advice and how-to's if you decide to do any work on the rifle
6. See #1
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Old 05-06-2021, 02:17 PM
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I wish I had a dollar for every time I have read on this forum, "I wish I had gotten one of those ????? (fill in the ? with any number of items). Bavarian Carbines, Carbines, Boltless Carbines, Carbine B/R, Navy Mod0/1, M1D, M1C, M82 Kimber, 513T, 541X, 52D, 40XBs, Bare Receivers, HXP, M14 kits to name a few.
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Old 05-06-2021, 02:18 PM
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Now that's a can of worms question!
Do you shoot and like bolt action rifles, or looking at this just from a collector perspective?
A3's somewhat, and mostly 03's are my favorites despite the 'softer' shooting M1's. But the longer history of the '03 is the most interesting to me.
The A3 is a WWII expedient to the '03. Nice original sights and usually good barrels, but with a C stock and reloads can make it a great soft shooter. And they have a good collector value as well if left original as overhauled.
All milsurps have appreciated well in my few years of collecting and shooting them, so we define our own goals and wallet I suppose.
So buy one!
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Old 05-06-2021, 02:22 PM
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A 1903 or 1903A3 will be my next purchase. Just saving my pennies till the north store opens back up.

I have my Garand, a Springfield. I have a IHC and a Win on order. I'd still like to pick up a H&R.

I got in on round 2 for a 1911.

One thing is for certain. Prices are only going one way. I sure wish I would have gotten started earlier.

My thought is get one while they are still available.
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Old 05-06-2021, 02:40 PM
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Save yourself and don’t buy

First I bought a Rem 1903a3, then a Springfield 1903, then a Rem 1903a1, then a drill rifle to do a 1903a4 clone, then a Smith Corona 1903a3. I still don’t have a Rock Island or USMC 1941 sniper clone.

They are great guns but like Garands seem to multiply if you look too long.
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Old 05-06-2021, 06:02 PM
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There's something awesomely fun about the USGI bolt guns!
You, the shooter become much more involved in the function and cycling of the rifle. Not that we don't all enjoy the semi auto spring action that moves the bolt for us, you'll feel a satisfying sense of accomplishment, when you smoothly hand cycle your bolt during rapid fire to get off your 10 aimed rounds in 80 seconds. And the 03A3 is a very accurate and capable rifle.
You'll be glad you have one............or more, while you can still get them reasonably priced
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Old 05-06-2021, 06:18 PM
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So well said Bob!
Time for the OP to hop in with more info on his intentions!
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Old 05-06-2021, 06:38 PM
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Been thinking about getting a 1903A3. I already have a Garand. What are some good reasons I to get a 1903A3? Are they more accurate than the Garand? More collectible? Trying to justify this to my wallet.

Any info would be appreciated
There is one problem with a 1903A3 ... you have to go to the a CMP store to buy one. The North and South Store is currently closed to catch up on M1's. So you are limited to the North Store or the Talladega Marksmanship Range Store.

The second problem is that supplies are limited and there may not be any rifles at the time you visit the store.
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