1943 SMITH-CORONA 03-A3 6 GROOVE BARREL SN 3627835

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Item 823787467
Location Raeford, NC 28376
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1943 SMITH-CORONA 03-A3 6 GROOVE BARREL SN 3627835

Up for auction is a Used / Sold as is a SMITH-CORONA 03-A3 .30-06 Bolt Action Rifle in very good condition. It appears to be an arsenal rebuild at some point in its life. It has a 24" Barrel with a shootable bore, and the action is tight. This SMITH-CORONA has a factory SC (Smith-Cornoa) Marked Barrel Bomb Stamped "12 42". Weapon is in its Original Parkerized Finish, Wood is in Nice Condition for Age. Showing Cartouche, weapon retains original military sights and sling swivels. This is a 6 groove rifle which are rare with only 5,000 being produced. Serial number 3627835 dates this one to 1943. It is difficult to find them in this condition.

The barrels were marked “SC” and the month/year of barrel production. Reportedly, very early in production, High Standard (the maker of the barrels) acquired some unfinished barrel “blanks” from Savage Arms Co. These had six grooves and were initially produced for commercial rifles before being diverted to the ’03A3 production program. High Standard completed the machining of the barrels and marked them “SC” along with the month and year of manufacture. The Ordnance Dept. granted the company a waiver for use of these non-standard barrels as their utilization would permit High Standard to deliver barrels to Smith-Corona sooner than would otherwise have been possible. The number of six-groove barrels used in Smith-Corona ’03A3 production is estimated to be about 5,000. After using up the six-groove barrel blanks, High Standard began manufacture of four-groove barrels, which were used for the balance of production except for a few two-groove barrels that were used for about a one- or two-month period in late 1943. Regardless, the majority of Smith-Corona rifles had four-groove barrels.

According to the book "The 1903 Springfield and it's Variants" by Joe Poyer, the 2 groove barrel is the one not original with the Smith and Corona, not 4 groove. The book describes the Smith Corona 03A3 barrel as type 5, exactly the same as the Remington produced barrel type 4 1st variation with the exception of stampings. The early barrels from 10-42 to 11-42 were six groove. The barrels from between 12-42 and 1-43 will be a mix of 6 groove and 4 groove. The barrels after 2-43 will all be 4 groove. The early barrels were produced by Savage until 11-42, High Standard produced the rest. Type 6 barrels, or replacement barrels will be counter bored, not crowned. They were produced by High Standard (HS), Johnson Automatics (JA) or Sedgely (S in a Circle).

Curio or Relic (C&R) firearms: YES

Rating: Overall rating of this rifle would be "Very Good" based on the NRA ANTIQUE FIREARM CONDITIONS STANDARDS. I based this off of the scratches, ding, and wear on the stock. Let the pictures be your guide.

I am not a gun expert and try to provide as much details and pictures as possible to ensure a happy customer. If you want additional pictures please ask. Describe what area of the gun you want more detailed pictures and I will be happy to provide them.

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NRA standard of conditions:

CONDITION STANDARDS: NEW: Not previously sold at retail, in same condition as current factory production.

PERFECT: In New condition in every respect. (Jim's note - in my experience, many collectors & dealers use "As New" to describe this condition).

EXCELLENT: New condition, used but little, no noticeable marring of wood or metal, bluing perfect, (except at muzzle or sharp edges).

VERY GOOD: In perfect working condition, no appreciable wear on working surfaces, no corrosion or pitting, only minor surface dents or scratches.

GOOD: In safe working condition, minor wear on working surfaces, no broken parts, no corrosion or pitting that will interfere with proper functioning.

FAIR: In safe working condition but well worn, perhaps requiring replacement of minor parts or adjustments which should be indicated in advertisement, no rust, but may have corrosion pits which do not render article unsafe or inoperable.

NRA ANTIQUE FIREARM CONDITIONS STANDARDS:

FACTORY NEW: All original parts; 100% original finish; in perfect condition in every respect, inside and out.

EXCELLENT: All original parts; over 80% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; unmarred wood; fine bore.

FINE: All original parts; over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; good bore.

VERY GOOD: All original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised; bore disregarded for collectors firearms.

GOOD: Some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned or re-blued; principal letters, numerals and design on metal legible; wood refinished, scratched bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

FAIR: Some major parts replaced; minor replacement parts may be required; metal rusted, may be lightly pitted all over, vigorously cleaned or re-blued; rounded edges of metal and wood; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal partly obliterated; wood scratched, bruised, cracked or repaired where broken; in fair working order or can be easily repaired and placed in working order.

POOR: Major and minor parts replaced; major replacement parts required and extensive restoration needed; metal deeply pitted; principal lettering, numerals and design obliterated, wood badly scratched, bruised, cracked or broken; mechanically inoperative; generally undesirable as a collector's firearm.

Specifications
Manufacturer: Smith-Corona
Caliber: .03-06
Barrel Length: 24 in.
Action: Bolt Action
Designed By: Smith-Corona

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I am a new seller on Gun Broker and realize that I have low feedback score. However, I have been selling and buying items on Ebay since 2000. My user name is bjames3057 and I would encourage anyone to check my feedback score. Of note, some of the same items on here will be for sale on there as well. I am just getting tired of paying the high fees that Ebay charges. This auction may end sooner if sold locally or elsewhere. I will not end if a bid has been placed. Happy bidding and good luck.

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Manufacturer
Smith-Corona
Model
1903A3
Barrel Length
24 inch
Caliber
.30-06
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Weight
9.00 Pounds