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Lot 1619: US Springfield M1903 T Rifle with Winchester A5 Scope

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

U.S. Springfield Model 1903 T Rifle with Winchester A5 Scope

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

U.S. Springfield Model 1903 T Rifle with Winchester A5 Scope

Manufacturer: Springfield Armory U.S.
Model: 1903
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 30-06
Barrel: 28 inch
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 844
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 313
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

The serial number (1266181) place the date of manufacture in 1924 and not on the list as being a 1924 International Match rifle and it does have some of the later "T" pattern stock developed and used in the 1927 matches. It features the 28 inch heavy target weight barrel fitted with the modified BAR front sight base with globe sight with a Lyman M48C rear sight. It has been fitted with the USMC developed and manufactured palm rest that uses a brass insert secured inside the triggerguard with the large cork palm rest ball. It has also been fitted with one of the USMC developed "Rimkunas" double set match trigger assemblies. These are different from the Woody DST assemblies in that it has the small adjustment set screw on the upper edge of the triggerguard bow. It has also been properly fitted with a Winchester A5 pattern 8X scope with the blocks correctly mounted, one on top of the receiver ring and the other on the barrel, correctly spaced approximately 7.2 inches center to center. The heavy barrel is unmarked and possibly manufactured and installed by Springfield Armory. Many of the earlier rifles were subsequently upgraded as improvements developed. The stock has the correct two reinforcing bolts as used on all target and match rifles. It is equipped with a 1920s era "W L/3" marked bolt with the slightly swept back handle and small gas hole and bright polish finish however it is not serial numbered. Since most of these rifles were a one of a kind, parts never got switched around. It is also fitted with a Headless cocking pocking piece typically used in the 1923-1926 time frame. The target style stock has a single large barrel band, sling swivels and a checkered NRA style steel buttplate. A circled "P" proof stamped in the grip area is the only marking on the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine as upgraded with 75% of the blue finish overall showing minor wear on the edges and high spots with some thinning on the exposed barrel and the triggerguard from handling over the years, mixed with some extensive patches of light brown spotting. The replacement walnut stock is in fine condition with a nice original medium brown color overall showing only minor handling marks with a clear P proof. The brass insert and cork ball palm rest is actually in excellent condition showing no deterioration to the cork itself and the DST work correctly. The Winchester A5 scope retains 85% of its blue finish overall, also showing some minor areas of brown spotting mixed with some very fine corrosion starting (which should be addressed). The optics are clear and the cross-hair is intact.

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