Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1607: Springfield Model 1903 N.R.A. Marked Sales Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Excellent Springfield Model 1903 N.R.A. Marked Sales Bolt Action Rifle with Original M1905 Bayonet and Scabbard

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Excellent Springfield Model 1903 N.R.A. Marked Sales Bolt Action Rifle with Original M1905 Bayonet and Scabbard

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1903
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 24 inch
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 798
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 310
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This is a beautiful example of an original, unaltered Springfield Model 1903, N.R.A. marked Sales Rifle that was sold circa 1916. The front of the trigger guard finial is correctly stamped with a small "Shell & Flame" insignia above "N.R.A." which indicates the rifle is one of the hand selected and star gauged M1903 rifles sold to N.R.A. members between 1910 and 1917. These rifles were authorized by Congress for the purposes of training and shooting various rifle matches through out the United States culminating in the Nation Matches held at Camp Perry. The 1910-1917 NRA Sales Model 1903 rifles were all hand/specially selected for superior fit and finish and although not specifically marked the barrel were all "air gauged" for straightness and accuracy. They had the standard five line receiver markings with a dark, oil-quenched casehardened finish. The barrel is roll-marked behind the front sight with "SA/Ordnance Shell & Flame insignia/2-16" in three lines. The rifle has the standard pre-WWI features that include: (1) Style S stock with grasping grooves and a single reinforcing bolt, (2) high hump handguard with sight clearance cut and spring clips, (3) rear sight with large, concave, windage knob, small, concave binding screw with groove in the knurl and 2,800 yard notch in the center of the leaf, (4) straight handle bolt with heat lot marking "C 6" on the bottom of the lug, (5) grooved trigger, and (6) fine checkered buttplate. The safety and "OFF" side of the magazine cut-off are color casehardened. The face of the rear sight leaf and "ON" side of the cut-off are bright. The rifle has all blued and milled components, and the buttstock and hand guard have an oil-finished walnut. The left side of the stock wrist is stamped with the block letters "J.S.A." enclosed in a rectangle. An encircled, script "P" proofmark is stamped on the underside of the stock behind the trigger guard. It is complete with an early pre-WWI commercially stamped leather sling and an original Model 1905 bright polished bayonet and 1910 canvas scabbard. The bayonet is marked "SA/1916" on one side with the obverse stamped U.S./641439". Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 90% of the original blue and oil-quenched finish overall showing some very minor edge and high spot wear overall and slightly more blue loss on the front of the floorplate and triggerguard. The receiver shows 95% of the fragile oil-quenched finish mixed with some minor flaking/spotting. The stock and handguard are both excellent with a beautiful matching medium brown color overall showing only minor handling marks on the sides in a couple places. The cartouches and proofs are clear and sharp. The bayonet is excellent with the blade still showing the original bright polish mixed with some slight spotting/staining and excellent wood handles. The scabbard is also in very fine condition. A very high condition all original N.R.A. marked Sales Rifle.



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