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Lot 1584: U.S. Springfield 1903 Rifle, 1942 USMC Sniper Configuration

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

U.S. Springfield Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle in USMC Sniper Configuration with 8x Unertl U.S.M.C.-Sniper Scope and Scope Case

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

U.S. Springfield Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle in USMC Sniper Configuration with 8x Unertl U.S.M.C.-Sniper Scope and Scope Case

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1903
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: parkerized
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 298
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 1938, this Springfield Model 1903 rifle has been subsequently fitted out in the "1942 USMC Sniper" configuration, with a pair of scope blocks added to the barrel and receiver, the former matched with a specially prepared upper handguard. The barrel is star gauged and dated "SA/3-39", with a "NS" marked bolt that has been electro-pencil numbered to match the receiver. The receiver ring has been drilled and tapped twice, with one set of holes later filled in and the second currently open and used by the receiver block. Smooth pistol grip stock with a circled "P" on the wrist, "L.T.T." on the left side, a brown leather "BOYT/42" sling, a small "GDM" (George D. Moller) collector mark behind the sling swivel, and a checkered buttplate. The J. Unertl 8x scope is "USMC-SNIPER" marked, with a serial number of "2727", threaded steel lens caps and aluminum rings. Included with the rifle is a green painted round scope case and a 1909 dated Springfield bayonet with sheath. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine as upgraded/assembled to current configuration, showing strong blue on the barrel, some fading on the barrel bands, and 85% arsenal parkerization remaining on the receiver. The reoiled stock is very good, with mild scratches, dents and stains. The scope is very fine, with the vertical crosshair fraying slightly and minor spotting on the lens, but the optics otherwise fine. Mechanically excellent.



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