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    1903 Springfield National Match?

    I'm currently looking at a Springfield 1903 that is described as a National Match rifle. It is described as follows:

    Cal. 30-06. S# 12466xx Bbl. 24". SA 4-22 star gauge bbl. Stock is cartouched DAL. Buttplate finally checkered. Receiver & upper band has been parkerized. Exposed portions of bbl. retain most of blue.Bore very good w/ stubborn fouling. ACCESSORIES: leather military sling. (10-507/CW) CURIO.



    I've seen some pictures of it and they show a polished bolt and a straight stock. I haven't been able to find a source to determine if this serial number is in the range for a national match rifle, but I do understand that the early 20's NM rifles did have the polished bolt.

    Can anyone help me out with an opinion as to whether this a could be a NM Springfield?



    Thanks, Steve

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    It is not listed as a DCM Sales rifle, but still sounds to be correct. It would not have the serial number electro penciled on the bolt. In addition to the polished bolt, the receiver raceways would also be polished.
    The barrel was not blued, but is a smooth black phosphate finish.

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    Also got these pics:


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    From the pictures and description, the rifle appears to be a National Match rifle, and a nice one at that.

    Good Luck!

    J.B.

    p.s.,

    How much is the price? Just curious.

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    Very nice, indeed! Definitely the right serial # range. Stock looks great, but shouldn't the handguard be of the high-hump variety?

    OK, I'm wrong. Did a little research and the handguard does appear correct.
    Last edited by Mike D; 10-02-2010 at 11:18 PM. Reason: handguard

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Beardicon View Post
    From the pictures and description, the rifle appears to be a National Match rifle, and a nice one at that.
    Good Luck!

    J.B.

    p.s.,

    How much is the price? Just curious.
    Still working on the price. What would a good price be, in your opinion?

    Thanks, Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike D View Post
    Very nice, indeed! Definitely the right serial # range. Stock looks great, but shouldn't the handguard be of the high-hump variety?

    OK, I'm wrong. Did a little research and the handguard does appear correct.
    Thanks, Mike

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    The seller also has another one that he describes as a NM, with this description:

    # 12714xx. Bbl. 24". 1927 production w/ star gauge. SA10-25 bbl. Stock is later 2 bolt replacement. Last 4 digits of S# scratched on later 03-A3 bolt. Metal parkerized. CONDITION: good w/ several repairs to hand guard. (10-647/CW) CURIO.




    I'm kinda sceptical that this one is actually an NM
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    Hand guard is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Beardicon View Post
    From the pictures and description, the rifle appears to be a National Match rifle, and a nice one at that.

    Good Luck!

    J.B.


    p.s.,

    How much is the price? Just curious.
    John, the first NM went for $2700. The second one, whose authenticity I had questions about went for just under a grand.

    Thanks for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calfed View Post
    John, the first NM went for $2700. The second one, whose authenticity I had questions about went for just under a grand.

    Thanks for the information.
    $2700 was an excellent price for the first rifle. Somebody got a very nice rifle at an excellent price.

    The second rifle appears to be a CMPicon Greek rifle, or equivalent. It was probably a National Match rifle at one time, but appears long since overhauled, refinished, and fitted with mixed parts. Just under a grand was about right.

    J.B.

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