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Lot 3555: Desirable World War I Springfield Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle

Auction Date: September 11, 2016

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

Desirable World War I Springfield Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1903
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 924
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 218
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

This is a solid original representative example of a WWI U.S. Springfield Model 1903 service rifle with the correct Springfield Armory eagle head stock proofs. These rifles were produced from late 1918 through early 1919, and in lieu of a standard boxed inspectors cartouche. It has an original straight grip, two bolt, finger groove, "S" stock with the WWI type high hump handguard. The stock is stamped with a single "eagle head/Y98" acceptance proof on the left side with a single circled "P" proof in the grip area. The receiver is marked with the standard four line Springfield Armory markings over serial number "950785". The barrel is marked "SA/Ordnance Shell and Flame/7-18". It has it original blued "double heat treated" bolt, with a single letter "J" on the underside of the safety lug. It has all of its original WWI milled parts such as the barrel bands, trigger guard assembly and buttplate, with the standard sights, with the rear graduated 200-2800 yards. The sight retains its original dished windage and elevation sight knobs. It has the transitional blued finish, with a rust blued finish on the various parts and on the double heated receiver, which proved to be somewhat fragile.

Rating Definition:

Very good plus with traces of the original finish with edge and high spot wear with blue finish loss on the bolt from cycling the action. The complete face of the floorplate and trigger guard, the lower sling swivel and buttplate all show surface rust . The stock and handguard are both in fine condition with a dark walnut color overall showing numerous small handling marks overall from field use. There is a small screw hole in the stock on the left side between the stock bolts. Mechanically excellent. Original World War I U.S. Springfield Model 1903's are highly desirable!

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