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Old 05-15-2021, 07:44 PM
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John: I just purchased an NOS M1903 Scant-stock. It has a large "S" stamp in the cut-off. I believe this means Springfield manufacture. It is very well made and does not appear to be a rush job at all. Question: when was it made? Anything interesting about these stocks? Thanks, John.
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Old 05-15-2021, 08:41 PM
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Answers are as follows:

(1) Early to mid-1942.

(2) As you noted, the stocks are very well made and, with rare exception, are not inletted for the M'03-A3.

J.B.
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Old 05-16-2021, 04:23 PM
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I have a Springfield Scant stock also. It is exceptionally well-made. How can I tell if it is inletted for the 03-A3. I'm assuming that refers to something for the handguard ring.


I can post a picture if it will help determine if it is inletted for an 03A3.
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Old 05-16-2021, 04:39 PM
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The 03A3 stocks will be inlet for the hand guard ring, other wise the stock is a M1903
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Old 05-16-2021, 05:54 PM
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the scant stock that i once owned was inletted for the 1903 front receiver lug not the 1903A2 square front lug, also without the 1903A3 hand guard ring

Stock was cartouched RIA FK with a s in the cut off
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Old 05-16-2021, 08:27 PM
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I have a Springfield Scant stock also. It is exceptionally well-made. How can I tell if it is inletted for the 03-A3. I'm assuming that refers to something for the handguard ring.


I can post a picture if it will help determine if it is inletted for an 03A3.

You assume correctly. A stock inletted for the M'03-A3 will have a small skinny hole on each side of the receiver ring for the M'03-A3 barrel guard ring. The holes are visible looking straight down on the receiver ring.

J.B.
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Old 05-17-2021, 05:03 PM
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Not sure about this S marked scant stock...is it inlet for an 03-A3?

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Old 05-17-2021, 08:06 PM
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Not sure about this S marked scant stock...is it inlet for an 03-A3?

Thanks.
Yes, your stock is indeed inletted for the M'03-A3. You will note a distinct shallow notch on the left side right in front of the inletting for the receiver recoil lug.

I further note that your stock exhibits a Raritan Arsenal overhaul inspection stamp. The only other "S" scant stock I've seen also exhibited a Raritan Arsenal stamp. So the inletting may have been done at Raritan. One can only speculate.

J.B.

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Old 05-17-2021, 09:32 PM
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Thanks, John
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