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    1903 springfield .22L rifle

    I was told by a user on reddits subform r/guns that Milsurp has experts on 1903s. My father was cleaning out a dead mans house for a bank and came across a 1903 springfield .22 cal. training rifle. As I am a former soldier I only have knowledge of modern fire arms. My father has none so he asked me to do some research for him. I have tried to do some research on the weapon but seem to be coming up short. ie. how rare it is and what its worth.

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    You will probably want to talk to member Hershel
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    He is the go to guy on .22 Springfields. If you can take and post or email some pictures that will usually help. Good luck!

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    Upload some pictures of it, I'm sure we can also help you!

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    I will see what I can do. I live in ga and my dad lives in jersey so he will have to send me some pictures.

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    Close ups of :
    reciever ring listing model , serial , any scope holes.
    Bolt , showing etched numbers and stamps , one or two firing pin holes
    front and rear sights
    barrel stamps behind front sight
    buttplate
    any scope blocks , holes for same
    any stock stamps
    plus good overall view showing stock shape , wrist area , butt area
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    If you want some quick ideas of what people are asking for them and some pictures of the quality of the guns offered, then go to http://www.gunbroker.com and search for Springfield 1922.
    Or just check out this link: http://www.gunbroker.com/All/BI.aspx...ringfield+1922
    That should get you some info!

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    Start with receiver markings - what did you see on the receiver?
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    The rifle could be a Hoffer-Thompson, which had a .22 caliber barrel but .30-'06 chamber. It used auxiliary cartridges into which .22 short rounds were inserted. The H-T not being a very good solution to the need for a .22 caliber training rifle led to the development of the 1922 Springfield Series of rifles. If it is one of the 1922 Series there would be a detachable magazine as is used on commercially made .22 rifles. The lack of a detachable magazine would almost certainly mean it is a Hoffer-Thompson. No matter which it is, it could be quite valuable, depending on condition.

    I just thought of another possibility. The rifle could be a 1903 with the Numrich Conversion Kit which uses a .22 barrel insert and modified triggerguard assembly with a detachable magazine.

    As has has been mentioned above, pictures would help. So would the serial number.
    Last edited by Herschel; 02-08-2014 at 09:50 PM.

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