This was found in the attic of an elderly woman that passed away and left the contents of home to a coworker of mine about 10 years ago. I decided to do some research on it recently since i wasn't sure if it was a toy or what. It looked like a toy gun from Parris Manufacturing Company that made trainers during WW2 and then continued to make toy guns to this day. I have compared it to other trainers i have seen on internet and mine is definately missing some parts. Front sight, trigger guard, and but plate at least. Also as you can see there is paint on stock and damage to underside. Here is letter i received from VP of sales from Parris Co after i sent them pictures.
It looks like the real WWII 1903 Springfield dummy Rifle. If you read our history on our website you will see how we got started in the toy gun business thru this rifle. The only reason I can tell is the flip up sight for distance shots. It does not look in good condition which is a shame; a good condition 1903 Parris dummy rifle can bring up to $600.00. This gun was made during WWII at the Clarinda, IA; they were made with southern pine, blued metal and stained with walnut. The important thing was the flip up sights; all other dummy rifles after that did not have the sights.
Kevin D. Phillips
VP Sales & Marketing
Parris Manufacturing Company
$150 shipped. paypal preferred.
No links to outside vendors. - Raptor22