Fine WWII Remington Model 1903 c. April 1942

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Mint & Scarce WWII Remington Arms Model 1903 Rifle c. April 1942

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This is a very fine condition, all original and possibly unissued WWII Remington Arms Model 1903 Rifle from early 1942.

The story of the Remington Model 1903 rifle began on December 12, 1940, when Great Britain asked Remington arms to produce the Model 1903 Springfield Armory pattern rifle chambered for the .303 British service cartridge. On June 30, 1941, a contract between Great Britain and Remington was signed calling for 500,000 of these rifles to the manufactured. Because of the United States’ buildup to war, however, the United States government canceled Remington's contract and, in its place, the US Government entered into a cost plus, fixed fee contract to produce 134,000 US Rifles, Caliber .30, Model 1903.

The Ordnance Department asked Remington to tool up to produce as many Springfield Armory pattern Model 1903 rifles as possible, in as short a time as possible. To facilitate Remington's production, Remington acquired model shop samples, dies and other tooling and machinery from the Rock Island Arsenal, which had produced Model 1903 Rifles before, during, and shortly after World War I.

Production of the Remington Model 1903 Service Rifle commenced in October 1941, and Remington's first deliveries of their 1903 rifle started in November 1941. During the seven-month period from November 1941 until May 1942, Remington produced approximately 160,000 Model 1903 rifles at its Ilion, New York plant. In April 1942, the Ordnance Department approved Remington's request to simplify production of the Model 1903 rifle, which included the substitution of stamped instead of machine parts. Remington produced an additional 188,000 Model 1903 rifles between June and December 1942.

This particular Remington Model 1903 Rifle is one of those manufactured just prior to the changeover period when Remington began to produce 1903A3 models. This particular rifle is serial number 3153980, which was manufactured in April 1942. Remington began serial numbering their Model 1903 rifles at 3,000,000, so this is the 153,980th Model 1903 produced by Remington.

The receiver on this rifle retains approximately 98% of its original finish. The bottom of the receiver has one inspection stamp and the left side of the receiver has numerous shape/number inspection stamps. The Receiver correctly omits the milling for the bolt stop, which Remington had discontinued around this serial number in the attempt to make the rifle easier and cheaper to produce. The Ejector retains 98% of its original blued finish, as does the mint condition Ejector Screw and the Ejector has the “R” stamp on the top surface. The interior surfaces of the receiver exhibit no wear and retain all of the original parkerized finish. The breech is very clean.

The barrel is the original Remington barrel that is marked "RA/[Ordnance Bomb with punch mark in center of bomb]/4-42," still crisply stamped. Additional markings found on the barrel include an "A12" heat lot number on top of the barrel, several Remington-characteristic inspection stamps and a firing proof "P" mark towards the front of the barrel on the bottom. The bore is in mint condition with a mirror finish and strong rifling. The barrel gauges at less than 0 at the muzzle. The barrel retains 98% of its original finish.

The front sight has the correct sans serif "R" mark on the right side and it retains 98% of the original blued finish. The original Front Sight blade has a “0” stamp on the right side and it also retains 98% of the original blued finish. The Front Sight Base is correctly staked to the Front Sight and the Front Sight Screw retains all of its original blued finish with an unmarred single slot. The front sight base pin is blued. This rifle comes with the original Front Sight Cover, which has the Ordnance Bomb over “U.S.” on the left side and a sans serif “R” stamp on the right side. The front sight cover retains 98% of its original blued finish. The Fixed Rear Sight Base is the correct rounded type without the milling cuts and it retains 98% of its original parkerized finish. The rear sight base stud has a Remington inspection stamp.

The Rear Sight itself is the correct Remington Model 1906 Adjustable Rear Sight. The Rear Sight Base retains 98% of its original dark finish with a serif “R” stamp on the right side. The base spring retains the majority of its original dark finish. The Elevation Leaf has a sans serif “R” stamp on the right side and the front face is correctly polished in the white. The Elevation Binding Knob retains the majority of its original dark finish and it has a sans serif “R” stamp on the outer surface. The Slide retains the majority of its original dark finish and has a sans serif “R” stamp on the bottom, right side. The Windage Knob is the correct large size that has a sans serif “R” stamp on the outer surface and it retains 95% of its original dark finish. The Rear Sight functions perfectly.

The trigger is case hardened and has a sans serif “R” stamp on the left side. The Trigger has the correct smooth face with slight bump at the bottom tip. The Sear also has a sans serif “R” stamp on the left side and has the small oil hole in the bottom. The magazine cut off switch is the early Remington type with serif “ON” and “OFF” markings and it is also sans serif "R" marked. The cut off retains 98% of its original blued finish.

The bolt is the original and correct Remington bent bolt with semi-smooth milled area around the circumference of the bolt near the safety lug. The back side of the bolt has several inspection stamps. The bottom of the bolt handle root has the large sans serif “R” stamp and a Rockwell Hardness Test punch mark. The bolt has a milled extractor collar, which would soon be replaced by Remington with stamped collars as 1903A3 production increased. The bolt has the large gas hole and correctly omits the bolt stop detents on the front lugs, which were omitted around this time when the bolt stop was eliminated in the receiver. The bolt retains 90% of its original blue finish. The extractor, which retains much of its original blue finish, is the correct Remington type without the gas hole and is marked with a sans serif “R” stamp on the inside. The outer edge of the extractor has a closed-top “4” stamp.

The Bolt Sleeve is the correct two-position, abrupt stop type that a horizontal, sans serif “R” stamp on the right side. The bolt sleeve retains 98% of the original dark finish. The Cocking Piece is the correct Remington type with a serif “R” stamp on the right side cocking lug and sans serif “N” stamp on the left side cocking lug and the head retains 95% of its original blue finish. The firing pin (striker) has the correct sans serif “R” stamp and it retains 98% of its original blue finish. The firing pin collar retains 98% of its original blued finish. The firing pin spring remains in the white with flattened ends. The Safety is the correct Remington type with serif "READY" and sans serif "SAFE" markings with the hole at the top and a sans serif “R” stamp on the back flat edge and it retains 98% of its original blue finish.

The Trigger Guard is the second Remington type that is milled but without the milled out section between the magazine well and the forward screw hole. The trigger guard has the correct serif “R” stamp on the right side. The Trigger Guard retains 98% of the original parkerized finish. The floor plate latch retains 98% of its original blued finish. The Floor Plate is the correct milled type and it has the serif “R” stamp on the inside. The Floor Plate retains 98% of its original parkerized finish. The Follower is milled and has the correct sans serif “R” stamp on the bottom and it retains the majority of its original blue finish. The Follower Spring retains 958 of its original bright, tempered blued finish. Both original Trigger Guard Screws are present and both retain the majority of their original blued finish with only the shorter screw having a very slightly marred single slot.

The stock is the correct Remington straight stock without grasping grooves, which had been phased out by the time this rifle was manufactured as part of the process of simplifying production. There are two reinforcing bolts present. The left side of the stock flat has the Ordnance Wheel stamp and the correct unboxed, “RLB” cartouche of Ordnance Inspector Lieutenant Colonel Roy L. Bowlin. The milled lower sling swivel assembly is blued and is correctly unmarked. The bottom of the stock wrist has the smaller diameter circle sans serif “P” firing proof mark. The bottom of the stock just forward of the trigger guard contains four of the characteristic Remington shape sub inspector stamps. The stock has normal dings and scratches from use and storage but no cracks are noted. There are numerous inspection stamps on the interior, milled out sections of the stock. The nose of the stock has the correct Ordnance Bomb stamp.

The Handguard is the correct Remington handguard with high hump sight protector swell that comes up at the end vertically. The Windage knob cutout is rounded. There is, correctly, no index slot. Both spring clips are present and retain the majority of their blued finish. The underside of the handguard is milled out on both the front and back side of the front clip, which is characteristic of Remington-manufactured handguards. The handguard has normal dings and scratches but no cracks or chips noted. Both the handguard and stock finish match.

The Upper Barrel Band is the original Remington milled type with “R” stamp on the right side and it has the Remington milled stacking swivel with flat ends and it retains 99% of its original parkerized finish. The Lower Band is the correct Remington milled type with U and R stamps on the right side and it exhibits the rougher, milled finish characteristic of Remington bands made at this point in the war prior to Remington replacing the milled band with a stamped band. The Lower Band retains 99% of its original parkerized finish. The Lower Band Spring in the stock retains virtually all of its original blued finish.

The milled Butt Plate has the correct serif “R” stamp on the inside of the trap door. The butt plate retains 75% of its original blued finish and both butt plate screws retain the majority of their original blued finish. The back side of the butt plate exhibits storage and grounding wear around the edges.

This is a beautiful and fairly scarce WWII Remington Model 1903 Rifle from the period when Remington was ending 1903 production and beginning 1903A3 production. This rifle headspaces correctly using Clymer “GO” and “NO” gauges. Given the condition of this rifle, it is my opinion that this rifle was never issued and exhibits wear consistent only with storage. This rifle functions perfectly.

This rifle is C&R eligible and will come shipped in a new Plano rifle hard case. This rifle will also come with a historic writeup and a CD containing all of the photos in the listing. I accept Visa and MasterCard and charge NO FEES. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you would like additional photos posted.

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