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Posted: 6/9/2002 10:27:24 PM EDT
It's the old sniper gun, marked "Property of US Army/Government(I don't remember which)"  its the 1903, 1912, i dunno, im bad with dates.  The guy who's friend is selling it said it's in great condition, not the original scope though.  He wants $250, is it worth it?
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 10:44:47 PM EDT
id jump on it since the CMP is selling 03 for 300 bucks
Link Posted: 6/9/2002 11:36:03 PM EDT
The best place to ask is the CSP M1903 forum on Jouster.com.  They're going to want a detailed description, and they can tell you what to look for far better than I can.

"Sniper's gun"  Hmmm... It's not sporterized is it?

Is it a 'high number' or a 'low number'?  i.e. >800,000?

The true dedicated sniper version were manufactured with the markings offset to one side so the scope blocks wouldn't cover them.
Link Posted: 6/10/2002 10:26:44 PM EDT
Some of those old 03's are too dangerous to shoot, steel is too brittle. I wouldn't take a "friends" word on a firearm as it will come back to bite you in the butt. A rifle blowing up in your face is no fun.
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 2:50:16 PM EDT
A buddy of mine back in Missouri inherited from his father a sporterized 1903A3 with an ancient Weaver 4X scope on it. It could easily be utilized as a sniper rifle. It's what convinced me to get rid of that 30-30 in favor of a bolt action rifle. When a gun is THAT damn accurate, you'll usually only need ONE shot. We, at 14-15 yrs old, we hitting the BASE END of a 12ga shell, or right next to it, at 100yds. If it's in good shape, go for it and work with it a little.
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 2:57:17 PM EDT
Any Springfield sniper in good condition for $250 has to be a steal.  The brittle receiver thing is an issue and I have the affected serial number range, but truthfully neither I nor anyone I know has ever seen a failed one?  Just my .02
Link Posted: 6/11/2002 4:56:43 PM EDT
I have (2) Springfields with low numbers (one just under 300,000 and the other just under 700,000) and never had a problem.  Both were rebuilt for WW2 and have 1940's dated barrels.

Not all "low number" Springfields are bad, they just have a greater chance of failure.  

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