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Old 01-25-2022, 04:26 PM
Dannyjunkfish Dannyjunkfish is offline
 
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Default U.S.M.C. WWII 1903 Rifle - Rock Island - 1919/1938 Updated

Hi guys,

https://imgur.com/gallery/Y38tvPV

Figured some people may like to see photos of a U.S.M.C. WWII, 1903 issue. Receiver is a Rock Island, dates to 1919. Barrel is Springfield Armory, which dates to May 1938.

Characteristics of U.S.M.C. rebuild:

•Pea green receiver color
•Hatcher hole
•Dimple, next to serial number, to test receiver hardness (generally 1938, maybe some early 1939)
•Serialized NS bolt (nickel steel, 1930’s SA production/replacement)
•Unmarked stock (no cartouches)
•Chiseled butt-plate
•Wrench-marked, 5-38 SA barrel
•Number marked front sight post

Only thing I can’t verify: if bolt has enlarged gas hole vent.

Generally you are lucky to have 3-5 of said characteristics. This rifle has basically all the U.S.M.C traits I can recall.

Let me know what you guys think/comments.

-D

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Old 01-25-2022, 04:55 PM
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The 1938 Philly depot punch mark matches, along with other traits listed.
I believe the enlarged gas hole vent was an earlier modification, not present here.
The true experts will be along, Excellent rifle!
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Old 01-25-2022, 10:20 PM
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Very nice looking USMC rebuild.

The Additional gas escape hole actually started in the summer/fall of 1938 for the Marines. I have the exact date but I'm too lazy to go back and get it in the docs. But a Marine rep travelled to SA to learn how to do and take it back to the Philly Depot. The Marines also bought all the fixtures and tooling off SA as well to drill them.

Look in the mag cutoff of the stock and see if there is a 0 there.
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Old 01-26-2022, 12:21 AM
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A fine USMC rebuilt rifle indeed!

I will comment that not all bolts were modified by the USMC for a larger vent hole in the bolt body.

Congrats!

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Old 01-26-2022, 07:26 AM
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Very nice looking USMC rebuild.

The Additional gas escape hole actually started in the summer/fall of 1938 for the Marines. I have the exact date but I'm too lazy to go back and get it in the docs. But a Marine rep travelled to SA to learn how to do and take it back to the Philly Depot. The Marines also bought all the fixtures and tooling off SA as well to drill them.

Look in the mag cutoff of the stock and see if there is a 0 there.
Thanks for the information. Donít have the rifle in hand yet. Iíll take a look at the cutout when I get it. Never heard about the ď0Ē, whatís the significance?
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Old 01-26-2022, 07:28 AM
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A fine USMC rebuilt rifle indeed!

I will comment that not all bolts were modified by the USMC for a larger vent hole in the bolt body.

Congrats!
Thatís sorta what I was thinking. Was just having a hard time verifying it. It may have it, or may not. Iíll find out when I get it, in hand. Thanks
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Old 01-26-2022, 07:55 PM
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Thanks for the information. Donít have the rifle in hand yet. Iíll take a look at the cutout when I get it. Never heard about the ď0Ē, whatís the significance?
In 1940, SA made some GG stocks for the Marine Corps.
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Old 01-26-2022, 09:06 PM
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Regarding sight hoods. The correct one is NOT the U.S.M.C. taller version correct? It should just be a standard 1903 hood, aka normal height?
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Old 01-26-2022, 09:45 PM
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Regarding sight hoods. The correct one is NOT the U.S.M.C. taller version correct? It should just be a standard 1903 hood, aka normal height?
Most likely it would have had a tall one.

The Marines got rid of their #10 sights in 1936, to switch back to the #6 Army ones. But they retained their tall sight covers.

When you look at the pics of the M1903's after 1936 to the Canal, they almost always show the tall sight covers.

The numbered from sights from Sedgley started about 1940. I have the date but again I'm too lazy to go back and look.
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Old 01-26-2022, 09:52 PM
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Most likely it would have had a tall one.

The Marines got rid of their #10 sights in 1936, to switch back to the #6 Army ones. But they retained their tall sight covers.

When you look at the pics of the M1903's after 1936 to the Canal, they almost always show the tall sight covers.

The numbered from sights from Sedgley started about 1940. I have the date but again I'm too lazy to go back and look.
Excellent information! Much appreciated. Guess Iíll have to keep and eye out for an original USMC sight hood. I know they are hens teeth, haha.

Wasnít sure exactly. Since this one doesnít have the ďtaller/aggressiveĒ sight blade.
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