+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: DCM Smith Corona 1903A3

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Member c&rfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Last On
    02-19-2014 @ 07:39 PM
    Location
    Near San Antonio, Texas
    Posts
    59
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    06:05 AM

    DCM Smith Corona 1903A3

    My Dad acquired this Smith Corona 03A3 from the DCM through the NRA back in 1958.
















    FJA is the stamp of Col. Frank J. Atwood, the commander of the Rochester Ordnance District and indicates that the rifle was accepted by the Ordnance Department for service.



    Next to it is crossed cannon barrels and the circled belt of the Ordnance Small Arms Command in WW II.


    The symbols stamped on the bottom of the stock in front of the trigger guard are sub-inspector markings that were used at various stages of manufacture to indicate that the rifle (or parts) had passed a particular inspection. A number in a diamond usually indicates the stock is a Smith Corona.

    It has a Remington trigger guard.



    The "circle P" shows the rifle passed a final (P)roof firing test before acceptance.


    Overall, the wood and metal is in great shape with exception of this arsenal repair that used some type of wood filler.

    The barrel (not shown) is Smith Corona with a 11-43 date and the reference material I have indicates that the serial number is within the range of units produced in December 1943.

    The butt plate (not shown) is smooth and not patterned as a SC butt plate should be and came from a Springfield or Remington 1903.
    Last edited by c&rfan; 08-20-2009 at 06:08 PM. Reason: added additional info
    c&rfan
    NRA Life Member 1969

  2. The Following 5 Members Say Thank You to c&rfan For This Useful Post:


  3. # ADS
    Friends and Sponsors
    Join Date
    October 2006
    Location
    Milsurps.Com
    Posts
    All Threads
    Expert gunsmithing, marksmanship training and equipment for Police, Military and Security personnel as well as for competition marksmen and hunters. William J. Ricca Surplus Sales - Dealer in U.S. parts and accessories Brian Dick ... BDL Ltd. - Specializing in British and Commonwealth weapons Chuck in Denver ... Buy-Sell-Trade .. Guns, Cars Motorcycles Service Publications - Collectors books that earn their place in your library! Your source for the finest in High Power Competition Gear. Banner AD Space Available - Click HERE to Inquire Here at T-bones Shipwrighting we specialise in vintage service rifle: re-barrelling, bedding, repairs, modifications and accurizing. We also provide importation services for firearms, parts and weapons, for both private or commercial businesses.
     

  4. #2
    Advisory Panel chuckindenver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    09-19-2014 @ 11:16 AM
    Location
    Denver Co
    Age
    51
    Posts
    2,788
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    03:05 AM
    nice rifle, looks like a its been around a bit, mix of parts from being rebuilt.
    ill bet it shoots well.

  5. Avoid Ads - Become a Contributing Member - Click HERE
  6. #3
    Member JimF in CT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    09-29-2009 @ 07:30 PM
    Location
    West/Central Connecticut
    Posts
    81
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    05:05 AM
    I'm thinking the wood filler in the forend made it fit the "unserviceable" catagory.
    Back in 1957, my father bought a "unserviceable" '03A3 also.
    It was a brand new Remington!
    How was it "unserviceable"?
    Some armorer was too lazy to re-install the stacking swivel!!!
    Why was the swivel ever removed??
    Who knows . . . but for about .35 cents, Dad installed a new swivel!! --Jim

  7. #4
    Advisory Panel Rick the Librarian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 09:59 AM
    Location
    NW Washington State
    Age
    65
    Posts
    1,656
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    03:05 AM
    As I recall, I think the term meant the rifle had not been checked over. I've heard of several other received from DCM during that period in similar shape.
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

    --George Orwell

  8. #5
    Member c&rfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Last On
    02-19-2014 @ 07:39 PM
    Location
    Near San Antonio, Texas
    Posts
    59
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    06:05 AM
    Thread Starter
    Quote Originally Posted by Rick the Librarianicon View Post
    As I recall, I think the term meant the rifle had not been checked over. I've heard of several other received from DCM during that period in similar shape.
    This SC and a Remington 03A3 I obtained later from DCM came as "unservicable" documented on the invoice. A poster on another forum stated that the term had nothing to do with the physical condition of the rifle - according to him the ordnance term "unservicable" meant that no spare or replacement parts were in stock to "service" the arm.

    Also if you look closely at the last paragraph in the invoice that came with the SC, you will see the term unservicable is used in the cya statement saying the piece is "sold as is without recourse to the U.S. Government or the Ordnance Corps. Weapon should be inspected and adjustments or repairs made prior to use." Sounds like "lawyer talk" and not "armorer talk" to me.
    Last edited by c&rfan; 08-21-2009 at 12:36 PM. Reason: additional information
    c&rfan
    NRA Life Member 1969

  9. #6
    Member c&rfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Last On
    02-19-2014 @ 07:39 PM
    Location
    Near San Antonio, Texas
    Posts
    59
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    06:05 AM
    Thread Starter
    Quote Originally Posted by JimF in CT View Post
    I'm thinking the wood filler in the forend made it fit the "unserviceable" catagory.
    Back in 1957, my father bought a "unserviceable" '03A3 also.
    It was a brand new Remington!
    How was it "unserviceable"?
    Some armorer was too lazy to re-install the stacking swivel!!!
    Why was the swivel ever removed??
    Who knows . . . but for about .35 cents, Dad installed a new swivel!! --Jim
    The only "unserviceable" item we found on this SC was that a plastic cleaning kit was jammed in the butstock and we had to remove the buttplate to get it out.
    c&rfan
    NRA Life Member 1969

  10. #7
    Really Senior Member Johnny Peppers's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 01:19 PM
    Posts
    1,748
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    05:05 AM
    A few of the 1911A1 pistols sold through the DCM in the early 1960's were new in the original shipping box Remington Rand's. The DD 1149 listed them as "unserviceable". They probably had to be declared unserviceable before they could be sold as surplus, as the 1911A1 was still the current sidearm of the U.S. Military at that time.

  11. #8
    Really Senior Member 0311Shooter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    09-20-2009 @ 05:46 PM
    Location
    South of the Mason/Dixon
    Posts
    230
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    05:05 AM
    Wow, Unit Cost price - $15.00. You can't get the stacking swivel for that price today.

  12. #9
    Member Michael03a3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    08-23-2011 @ 02:20 PM
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    20
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    05:05 AM

    1957 DCM sale

    C&R Fan, If you'd like to compare, here are some pics of a similar DCM purchase. (check both before and after pics) The DCM box says "UNS. SUITABLE FOR SALE"

    1903a3 BEFORE pictures by Selmalinapilchard - Photobucket

  13. Thank You to Michael03a3 For This Useful Post:


  14. #10
    Member c&rfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Last On
    02-19-2014 @ 07:39 PM
    Location
    Near San Antonio, Texas
    Posts
    59
    Local Date
    09-21-2014
    Local Time
    06:05 AM
    Thread Starter

    Thumbs up

    Michael03A3,

    Thanks for the photos - they brought back memories of when Dad let me clean the Smith Corona. Is your rifle a SC or Remington? Did it have a cleaning kit in the butt trap? You have a beauty there!
    Last edited by c&rfan; 08-21-2009 at 02:51 PM. Reason: additional text added
    c&rfan
    NRA Life Member 1969

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. 03-A3 Smith-Corona.................
    By Bob - The Beagle Master in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 07-08-2009, 01:49 PM
  2. Correct Smith Corona?
    By Mike F. in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 05-09-2009, 08:51 AM
  3. new Smith Corona
    By zaugau in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 03-30-2009, 11:54 PM
  4. Value of Springfield 1903A3(A4?) Smith Corona
    By valter in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 03-09-2009, 05:08 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts