Lot 3672: Remington Arms Inc - 1903 A4
|Excellent WWII Remington 1903A4 Sniper Rifle with Original M73B1 Sniper Scope and WWII Canvas Sling|
|Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500|
|Serial #||Manufacturer||Remington Arms Inc||Model||1903 A4|
|Type||Rifle||Gauge||30 06||Catalog Page||295|
|Barrel||24 Inch Round||Finish||Parkerized/blue||Grip|
|Stock||walnut||Class||Curio & Relic Long Gun||Rating||See Condition|
|Description||This is an excellent, all original, early production WWII US Army M1903A4 sniper rifle that is complete with the Weaver M73B1style sniper scope. These rifles were produced by Remington Arms and were based on the standard M1903A3 contract rifles (by offsetting to manufacture/model designation 90 degrees), into the sniper configuration by the addition of a Redfield scope base on top of the receiver, along with a set of commercial Redfield rings that mounted an early Weaver commercial scope, along with the use of a wartime, walnut "C" type pistol grip stock. In all there were three blocks of serial numbers reserved for this series of rifle with this one being manufactured about mid-way through the first block of serial numbers. In all a total of approximately 26,000 1903A4s were produced before the end of WWII. This rifle has the correct offset markings on both sides of the receiver; the left side is marked "U.S. / REMINGTON / MODEL 03-A3" and the right side has the serial number (3418383). The original barrel is correctly marked "RA / ordnance bomb / 9-43" near the muzzle. It has the correct stamped barrel bands, trigger guard, and buttplate along with the original blued turned down sniper bolt that has the small "R" markings on the underside. It has the correct pattern "C" stock, with the correct sub inspector proofs in front of the trigger guard, the correct "RA"/crossed-cannon/FJA cartouche on the left side, below the cutoff. The pistol grip area also has a single "P" proof. It has a set of parkerized scope rings with the correct squared end scope base that is marked "REDFIELD" on the right rear side. The telescope itself is the correct later, blued WWII Weaver M73B1 pattern with the standard cross-hair reticule. The identification plate is marked; "TELESCOCPE M73B1/PATD-PATS/ W.R. WEAVER CO./EL PASO TEX. U.S.A." with the right side of the rear section of the scope tube stamped "SERIAL NO." with the small serial number "29498" electric penciled next to the markings. It is complete with an original WWII canvas sling that has a faint ink stamped proof on the back-side of the sling. The rifle has the original gray/green parkerized finish with blued small parts with an oiled finished stock.
|Condition||Excellent overall with 99% of the original gray/green parkerized finish overall with only edge and high spot wear in a couple of places. The various small parts all retain 98% of the original blue finish with slight edge and high spot wear on the various parts, with more blue wear on the bolt from cycling the action. The scope retains 98% of it's original blue finish overall also with just edge and high spot wear with clear sharp optics with an intact cross-hair. The stock is also in excellent condition with nice sharp and distinct cartouches and proofs overall with only minor handling marks. An exceptional example of an original early first block production U.S. Remington 1903A4 sniper rifle.|
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