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Posted: 5/15/2002 12:46:42 PM EDT
I Opened the chamber on my Springfield 1903 and the bolt handle snapped off in my hand :( Anyone know where I can buy a new bolt or bolt handle?

Thanks for your help,
Link Posted: 5/15/2002 1:24:14 PM EDT
is this one you've had for a while, or did you just get it through the CMP?  If you did just get it through the CMP, call them, they might replace it free.  Other than that, wait here for other more informative replies.  :)

Link Posted: 5/15/2002 1:27:05 PM EDT
nah, I didn't get it from CMP. I bought it from my step father, I haven't had it long but I think he has.

Link Posted: 5/15/2002 1:27:17 PM EDT

Numrich gun parts.  Just about any part for anything that shoots.
Link Posted: 5/15/2002 1:38:50 PM EDT
A good gunsmith should be able to re-weld your bolt handle with no problem.

A replacement bolt means checking headspace (which you should probably do, anyway), and setting back the barrel and rechambering if necessary.

Good luck.
Link Posted: 5/15/2002 2:26:06 PM EDT
Also see the following thread: www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?id=116873
Link Posted: 5/15/2002 2:48:06 PM EDT
If it is an A3 I might have a one for you.  

Link Posted: 5/15/2002 3:27:02 PM EDT
First, I'd suggest stopping, and taking a look at just what you've got.  Springfield 1903 bolt handles don't break off.  Not unless somebody modified the handle by welding it on.  This is common on "sporterized" guns.  It may be possible to have a better welder to reweld the handle.  
If you buy a new bolt, you will have to have a gunsmith reset the head space.
Since poorly welded bolt handles are a sign of "Bubba" gunsmith jobs, I'd feel safer if I knew that was the only problem with the rifle.
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