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Lot 1609: U.S. Springfield 1903 Hoffer-Thompson Gallery Practice Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1903 .22 Caliber Hoffer-Thompson Bolt Action Gallery Practice Rifle with Cartridge Adapters

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Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1903 .22 Caliber Hoffer-Thompson Bolt Action Gallery Practice Rifle with Cartridge Adapters

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1903
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 22
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 344
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 310
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

Manufactured in 1911, this U.S. Springfield 1903 Rifle is configured as a Gallery Practice Rifle for use with the Hoffer-Thompson adapter system. Designed to facilitate practice on shorter ranges and introduce novice shooters to the ins and outs of full power bolt action operation, the Gallery Practice Rifle is externally identical to the standard 1903, with a smaller bore and a chamber designed to take a 30-06 sized metal adapter. These adapters could be clip loaded like standard rounds and would chamber and extract in standard fashion. Produced from 1906 to 1921, the 1903 Gallery Practice would be retired in favor of training rifles designed for use without adapters. Standard blade front and 2,750 yard ladder rear sights on the "SA/8-12" barrel, with the standard markings on the receiver ring and "22" on top of the receiver bridge. The stock bears a "J.F.C." cartouche on the left side and is marked "30" on the underside of the wrist, with a brown leather sling and a sharply checkered steel buttplate. Included with the rifle are 5 Hoffer-Thompson adapters, one brass stripper clip, and a small tool for removing spent casings. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, with 80% of the original blue finish at the barrel and receiver, showing areas of brown and gray patina, bright edge wear and minor spotting and handling marks. The trigger guard assembly is reblued, with most remaining. The stock is also fine, with minor dents and scratches overall and a few chips and short cracks around the buttplate. Mechanically very good.



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