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Posted: 9/22/2011 11:06:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/30/2011 7:22:17 AM EDT by Ghetto]
Years ago when I was getting divorced I sold some guns that I really didn't want to sell but needed some cash just in case, those 2 guns were a P marked K31 (P stands for private so it was owned by a private citizen) and a 1903 A4 Springfield. I've had a few more K31s here and there but never another 1903 Springfield, always wanted one but the prices shot up after I sold mine and I just never got around to getting another one. Last week I was going to order a sling mount for my lightweight AR from AIM, I went to their website ordered the mount and wandered over to the New section and found that they had just bought a small private collection and inside that collection was this masterpiece. My wife was home when I found this, I showed it to her and told her the story, asked if I could use our credit card to buy it (since I didn't have enough in my gun account) and we ended up picking it up, well it arrived today.

1903 Springfield Mark 1, made in 1918 and rebarreled in September of 1944.






When I ordered it I couldn't tell from the pics but it's actually cut for the pederson device http://www.remingtonsociety.com/questions/Pedersen.htm

..and according to that site only 145K were made like this, I can't imagine that there's that many left 90 years later.


What an exciting and awesome day, I'm so proud to own another one of these beautiful rifles.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:11:42 AM EDT
Well, how does it shoot? Glad you like your new/old rifle. I LOVE the M1903 rifles.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:12:07 AM EDT
What are you doing in SteyrAUG's kitchen?

Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:13:14 AM EDT
Nice
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:13:21 AM EDT
I bubbarized mine before I knew better .
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:13:36 AM EDT
Sir, "Mark 1" on the 1903 SA means it is cut for the pederson device. FWIW, CMP sold a number of the Mk 1 rifles a few years ago. The one I got from them has a "C" stock and it shoots quite well. HTH, 7zero1.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:14:47 AM EDT
Restocked too. Probably one of the CMP/Greek returns from a few years ago. Nice find.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:15:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Partisan:
Well, how does it shoot? Glad you like your new/old rifle. I LOVE the M1903 rifles.

It just came in 30 minutes ago but I'll probably find out tomorrow
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:16:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Ameshawki:
Restocked too. Probably one of the CMP/Greek returns from a few years ago. Nice find.

Yeah I don't see any markings on the stock which I thought was weird.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:18:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/22/2011 11:19:14 AM EDT by Partisan]
Originally Posted By Ghetto:

Originally Posted By Ameshawki:
Restocked too. Probably one of the CMP/Greek returns from a few years ago. Nice find.

Yeah I don't see any markings on the stock which I thought was weird.


The Mk1 had a special stock with a relief around the hole in the side of the receiver. Also the scant stock that you have was a late WWII stock –– possibly a replacement when it was re barreled.

Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:18:21 AM EDT
Very nice!

Mine is a 1916 Springfield with a 1918 Rock Island barrel, it got tuned up during WWII.

Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:18:38 AM EDT
I f'ed one into a deer rifle when I was a kid
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:18:38 AM EDT
Lovely rifle. I love my 03A3.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:19:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Partisan:
Originally Posted By Ghetto:

Originally Posted By Ameshawki:
Restocked too. Probably one of the CMP/Greek returns from a few years ago. Nice find.

Yeah I don't see any markings on the stock which I thought was weird.


The Mk1 had a special stock with a relief around the hole in the side of the receiver. Also the scant stock that you have was a late WWII stock –– possibly a replacement when it was re barreled.

Awesome, thanks.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:22:43 AM EDT
Very few of the Greek returns had much in the way of stock cartouches. Many had replacement stocks (which weren't generally cartouched) and a lot of the others had been sanded/refurbed in Greek service.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:27:26 AM EDT
All MkI rifles were cut for the Pederson device. That's what the MKI distinction means.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:31:32 AM EDT
Fits right in

Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:31:56 AM EDT
I'd lose the scant stock. Those things scream "post-WWII refurb", and they're ugly, IMHO. CMP offers a new-made S stock that would look great on there.

Love the '03. Mine is one of my favorite rifles ('42 Remington).

Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:35:26 AM EDT
I want one badly too !
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:36:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MVolkJ:
I'd lose the scant stock. Those things scream "post-WWII refurb", and they're ugly, IMHO. CMP offers a new-made S stock that would look great on there.

Love the '03. Mine is one of my favorite rifles ('42 Remington).

http://i747.photobucket.com/albums/xx116/MVolkJ1975/Milsurps/M1903.jpg

OH MY!

I approve of this post!
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:40:04 AM EDT
I want one
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 11:43:14 AM EDT
They kick like a bay mule.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 12:23:41 PM EDT
I like it. Of course I might be a little biased...




The 7-18 dated barrel is like new
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 12:33:01 PM EDT
I've got one, irreversibly sporterized by Bubba.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 12:46:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 338winmag:
They kick like a bay mule.

Sure do, I used one for a deer rifle for a while. Bucks did not get very far when I hit them with 150 gr M2 ball.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 12:48:39 PM EDT
I got my Springfield a while back when the CMP held the Western Games at Camp Pendelton.
Shot a Garand Match, then went shopping at the long table display of rifles. Too many to pick from but something drew me to a 1903.
It shoots straight
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 2:47:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By psdavi01:
Originally Posted By 338winmag:
They kick like a bay mule.

Sure do, I used one for a deer rifle for a while. Bucks did not get very far when I hit them with 150 gr M2 ball.
Is it legal to hunt deer with FMJ ammo where you live?

Link Posted: 9/22/2011 4:45:35 PM EDT
I like a fingergroove stock and that big humpy handguard. Mmmmmmm!!!!
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 4:46:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By bookertbab:

Originally Posted By psdavi01:
Originally Posted By 338winmag:
They kick like a bay mule.

Sure do, I used one for a deer rifle for a while. Bucks did not get very far when I hit them with 150 gr M2 ball.
Is it legal to hunt deer with FMJ ammo where you live?

I stopped hunting over 30 years ago and it was not that big of an issue then. I had the Springfield in Northwest Territories, Canada and I am pretty sure it is still legal to use FMJ to hunt there now.

Link Posted: 9/22/2011 4:47:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/22/2011 4:48:22 PM EDT by kcolg30]
Definitely needs to be suppressed.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 4:55:14 PM EDT
Very nice, I ended up with a nice later WW2 one but I never could find a local older one that had a barrel that was not in fair to poor shape.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 5:02:28 PM EDT
Sounds like this wife is a keeper. I will be respectful and not ask but you know the rules.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 5:11:55 PM EDT
Great looking rifle. My 03a3 feels like pure sex when i put it to my shoulder.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 5:16:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/22/2011 5:18:06 PM EDT by AlvinYork]
Originally Posted By itsARanchrifle:
I bubbarized mine before I knew better .


Had one for 30 years, never Bubba-ized.



really like mine, of course I love my Garands.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 5:17:39 PM EDT
Nice. Now get you a sporter-countoured barrel and a new stock and you'll really have something. Be sure to post pics when you get it finished.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 6:10:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dumpster_Baby:
I've got one, irreversibly sporterized by Bubba.


My Dad's 1903 has been sporterized too. I'm not sure if it's reversible. Now that my dads gone I'd like to see if it could be reversed some day. My guess is that it's not fixable though.
Link Posted: 9/22/2011 6:12:19 PM EDT
I remember being in JROTC in high school and was "issued" one.. Bolt and barrel welded shut, But god damn did they make us clean that thing everyday..
Link Posted: 9/30/2011 7:22:26 AM EDT
Damn I love this gun!

100yds, 3 shot groups (we won't talk about the 4th shot on either target!)


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