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  LOT 1600
Excellent Documented Springfield Armory Model 1903 Bolt Action Sporting Rifle with DCM Sales Record - Serial no. 1367076, 30-06 cal., 24 inch round bbl., blue finish. This is an excellent, original Springfield Armory Model 1903 “Sporting Rifle” manufactured circa 1930. One of only 4,495 sporting rifles manufactured between 1923-1932. This rifle is listed by serial number
on page 46 of the book “Summary of D.C.M. Rifle Sales” from Springfield Research Service (copy of the page included). These were hand built by Springfield using new 1903 National Match receivers fitted with new 1903 star gauged National Match barrels. The receiver rails, bolt assemblies and triggers were hand polished for super smooth operation like a 1903 National Match rifle. The bolts were hand lapped, and the headspace was hand cut using a National Match, nickel
steel (NS) marked bolt. The bolt is correctly hand etched under the extractor with the matching serial number. Standard receiver markings with the barrel roll marked “SA/Ordnance Shell and Flame/9-30” and marked with the original star-gauge mark on the muzzle. Actions and barrels were hand fitted to hand selected, straight grain American walnut, pistol grip sporting stocks to ensure correct bedding in the barrel channel and recoil lug area. The stock uses a single barrel band and is fitted with a special, heavier “NRA sporter” style
cupped steel buttplate. There is an original circled “P” proof inside the curve of the pistol grip. The barrel is fitted with a standard M1903 front sight base and blade, with a receiver mounted Lyman 48C target type micrometer rear sight. The rear sight base is machined for the clip slot cutout like the 1903 National Match rifles. These rifles have a hand polished, rust blue metal finish with the National Match bolt correctly “in the white”. The walnut stocks were all given a hand rubbed, linseed oil finish. Comes with an original pre-war “BOYT” marked commercial leather sling and original stamped sheet metal front sight cover. These rifles were as accurate, if not more so, than the M1903 National Match service rifles; in fact, the prestigious company of Griffin & Howe used many as the basis of their own super high grade hunting and sporting rifles. These rifles
were so desirable that gun companies complained to Springfield Armory, that it hurt their commercial business. This eventually resulted in Springfield Armory stopping all production of these beautiful NRA Sporting rifles in 1932. CONDITION: Excellent with 95% plus of the original blue finish overall with only very minor edge wear on the receiver ring and edges of the buttplate, and a hint of spotting on the rear of the barrel. The front area of the floorplate also shows some very light flaking of the blue finish. The stock is also excellent with its original dark oil finished walnut color overall, with a clear, sharp “P” proof and it shows only very minor handling marks on the buttstock. The screw heads are all original, untouched and do not look to have ever been disassembled. Mechanically excellent. Original unaltered examples are scarce today as most saw heavy hunting use or later altered for rifle scopes. Estimate: 6,500 - 9,500
LOT 1601
U.S. Springfield Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle in “1924 International Match” Configuration - Serial no. 1267623, 30 06 cal., 28 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1925 and outfitted in the style of the U.S. Springfield Model
1903/1924 International Match Rifle, with a heavy Remington target barrel installed and a hinged cork handrest mounted to the floorplate. Hooded globe front and 125 meter adjustable Lyman peep rear
sights, with the standard nomenclature on the receiver ring and a double set trigger. The bolt is marked “J5” on the handle, and fitted with a “headless” cocking piece. The pistol grip stock is fitted with an adjustable front sling swivel, checkered wrist, and a “Swiss hook” style aluminum buttplate with vertical adjustment. CONDITION: Very good, with 75% plus blue finish, showing scattered specs of surface rust, some light wear and handling marks overall. The stock is very good, with some mild dents and scuffs an some gouging of the stock by the rear sight. The hand rest shows some scuffing and retains about half of the finish. The trigger needs adjustment, and the magazine hardware is absent, does not function. Estimate: 3,500 - 5,500
LOT 1602
Very Scarce U.S. Springfield Model 1903 NB National Match Bolt Action
Rifle - Serial no. 1268780, 30-06 cal., 24 inch round bbl., parkerized finish, walnut stock. Manufactured in 1925,
this rifle is outfitted with a star gauged Springfield barrel dated “11-24” near the front sight and “WL 11” and “D/1518” beneath the handguard, with a blade front sight, folding ladder rear sight (properly sans volley notch), and a receiver mounted Lyman peep sight. This is an example of a Springfield Armory manufactured 1903 National Match Bolt Action Rifle. The top of the bolt handle is stamped “W L/3” and is fitted with a “headless” cocking piece. Smooth pistol grip NB style stock, with a circled “P” on the unique pistol grip, a “GDM” collection mark near the toe, brown leather sling and a sharply checkered buttplate. A P.J. O’Hare rear sight protector is included. CONDITION: Very fine, with 95% of the original parkerized finish, showing areas of brown patina and mild handling marks overall. The refinished stock is very good as repaired, with filler applied around the buttplate heel, a hairline crack in the top of the wrist, and mild scuffs and dings overall. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 3,500 - 5,500

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