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Posted: 11/15/2003 10:13:07 PM EDT
I have a letter from my CMP-approved club but they still want proof of 50 rounds fired during competition. I don't belong to any league and I would rather not mess around with it.

Since this rifle will only be an addition to my collection, rather than a source of serious marksmanship, is there an easier way to get my hands on a milspec M1903?
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 4:47:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/16/2003 4:55:12 AM EDT by Ralph]
Having been to the CMP north store at Camp Perry, and having bought 2 great M1's from the CMP... I took a look at the m1903's at the store while I was there this summer,Frankly, they are rough, there maybe some jewels in the lot, but most I saw were rode hard and put away wet,In all honesty,unless you could go to the CMP store and pick one off the rack youself, I'd think twice about buying one of these,I really don't think they're that good of a deal, as far as being used as a shooter goes... if you want a wall hanger for your collection, and bore condition is'nt that important, then they may have what you want....
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 6:10:36 AM EDT
The 50 rounds is easy...go to ANY NRA-sanctioned shooting event, and put 50 rounds into the dirt with anything.

They'll give you a piece of paper stating you were there and shot 50 rounds, and that's it.

Most local shooting clubs of some kind have an NRA event every month or two...

Or, if you're an ex-LEO or Military, you automatically qualify.

Link Posted: 11/16/2003 9:12:08 AM EDT
Current CMP 1903s are returns from hard service with the Greeks. Sanded stocks and mismatched parts are the norm.
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 9:16:43 AM EDT
So, is there any other source for mil-spec M1903s?
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 9:23:48 AM EDT
Buyer beware when it comes to CMP 03's. I bought a high number S.A. "C" stock. It was a 1935 mfg. with original receiver and barrel. It was in rough shape and was no bargain. I'd say I paid top dollar for it or at least nearly so. Still, it is shootable and will refinish nicely.
The 03A3's are reportedly in much better shape The "S" stocked 03's were reported as better as well. Most with like new WWII rebuild barrels.

If you are buying from a source other then the CMP, look for a "B" stamped onto the magazine floor plate. That is an instant give away that it is a CMP "Greek" 03. Don't over pay for one.
Link Posted: 11/16/2003 11:39:58 AM EDT
What kind of accuracy are well-put together 03's capable of? What about the highly-refined national match rifles?
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