+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: 03A3 Rear Sight Question

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Member RPM101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Last On
    05-22-2018 @ 04:01 PM
    Location
    Pearland, Texas
    Posts
    6
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    02:39 AM

    03A3 Rear Sight Question

    Well, evidently I violated some sort of "forum by-law" by posting this message in the wrong spot, my humble apologies! So. here is my question again:



    Hey guys, I'm new to the group! I have a Remington 1903A3 that was given to me by a WWII Marine. Its dated 1942. The only problem is that the previous owner removed the rear sight and placed a rail for a scope mount. I know, I know, it killed me!! Anyway, my question is, is there anyway to install/place the rear sight back on the rifle? From the looks of it, it looks like the rear sight was cut smooth off. Crazy, I know!!! Thanks guys!

  2. # ADS
    Friends and Sponsors
    Join Date
    October 2006
    Location
    Milsurps.Com
    Posts
    All Threads
    Banner AD Space Available - Click HERE to Inquire We specialise in military utensils and artefacts such as helmets, daggers, medals and badges, etc.  The on-line store is intended for personal browsing and searching of collecting objects. All items are provided historical value only and can be used for home collection or other purposes except of fascism, Nazism or other extremism manifestation or its propaganda. LIMITED TIME OFFER FROM THE AMERICAN GUNSMITHING INSTITUTE: Get Immediate Online Access To AGI's NEW Armorer's Course for Glock Pistols, Covering Every Generation of Glocks, Including the Latest Model 42/43 and Double Stack Pistols for ONLY $7.00! Brian Dick ... BDL Ltd. - Specializing in British and Commonwealth weapons Chuck in Denver ... Buy-Sell-Trade .. Guns, Cars Motorcycles We pride ourselves on being the new lowest price listing service, and the simplest to use. If you need to buy or sell collectible firearms or any firearm in your legal possession, then this is the place for you. If you’re a big collector clearing house, or other seller that could benefit from a Premium seller account, then we can also support you here at Gunonline.com. Your source for the finest in High Power Competition Gear. 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.
     

  3. #2
    Really Senior Member Salt Flat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Last On
    Today @ 01:48 AM
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    576
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    12:39 AM
    RPM, Possibly, but first we need to know what the modified area looks like. Is the flat still there or was the rear bridge radiused to match the front. A picture would help. Since it is already drilled, you might consider just using the scope mount and create a faux 1903a4. Salt Flat

    Also, Are you sure it was cut off? The rear sight slides onto a dove tail on the rear bridge. Most scope mount span the dovetail and the dovetail is not cut away. You might just need a new sight!
    Last edited by Salt Flat; 03-30-2018 at 09:35 PM.

  4. Avoid Ads - Become a Contributing Member - Click HERE
  5. #3
    Advisory Panel browningautorifle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 09:47 PM
    Location
    Victoria BC
    Posts
    22,063
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    12:39 AM
    Yes, pics would be priceless...
    Regards, Jim

  6. #4
    Really Senior Member Sunray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    08-24-2019 @ 01:55 PM
    Location
    London, Ontario
    Posts
    798
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    03:39 AM
    "...the rear sight was cut smooth off..." If there's no 'male' dovetail(a tenon, I think) there's no place to put an original rear sight.
    Exploded drawing is here. http://stevespages.com/ipb-springfield-03a3.html
    A faux 1903A4 might be an option. Still won't be original as the base attaches to the but you could match the D&T holes for a different scope base. You could do the same thing to install a commercial peep sight.
    Spelling and Grammar count!

  7. #5
    Advisory Panel browningautorifle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 09:47 PM
    Location
    Victoria BC
    Posts
    22,063
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    12:39 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by RPM101 View Post
    it looks like
    For Sunray...whatever callsign follows...

    That's why we want pics.
    Regards, Jim

  8. #6
    Member RPM101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Last On
    05-22-2018 @ 04:01 PM
    Location
    Pearland, Texas
    Posts
    6
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    02:39 AM
    Thread Starter
    Here are the pictures. If y'all need more, let me know. Thanks for the answers!



    [ATTACH][ATTACH] [/ATTACH][/ATTACH]
    Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1788.JPG‎
Views:	97
Size:	73.4 KB
ID:	92107   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1787.JPG‎
Views:	95
Size:	84.8 KB
ID:	92108  

  9. #7
    Contributing Member rcathey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 10:44 PM
    Location
    St. Louis, MO Area
    Posts
    1,041
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    02:39 AM
    Looks like it’s been worked over a bit but I’d bet a correct rear sight would still go on.
    How do the holes for the front of the scope mount look?

  10. #8
    Advisory Panel browningautorifle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 09:47 PM
    Location
    Victoria BC
    Posts
    22,063
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    12:39 AM
    Well, it's been messed with but you still have most of the dovetail there. About all you lost is part of the centralizing lines. You can use an original sight or you'll have to completely MILL the rear off to make it true. I'd try an original, you may find one here if you place an ad on the WTB forum... Just look up 1903A3 rear sight dovetail on Google and you'll see what it should look like.
    Regards, Jim

  11. #9
    Senior Member Detroit-1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Last On
    08-05-2019 @ 07:48 PM
    Posts
    199
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    02:39 AM
    03-a3 dated 42? Have to be one of the first made.

  12. #10
    Member RPM101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Last On
    05-22-2018 @ 04:01 PM
    Location
    Pearland, Texas
    Posts
    6
    Local Date
    08-26-2019
    Local Time
    02:39 AM
    Thread Starter
    As far as the front of the scope mount goes, its hard to describe, but there is a band that clipped on that has a small threaded "nipple" that the front of the scope mount slid onto and then was secured down. The only part of the rifle that was damaged was the handguard, it looks like they cut on it a bit.

    As far as the date of the rifle, I used a website I found when I Googled "1903A3 Serial Numbers" and when the number was put in, thats the year it gave me. I do know the old Marine went in in early '41. He brought home two 03A3's and this is the one that was given to me.

    I sure do appreciate all the answers to my question, thank y'all.

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. 03A3 Rear sight removal/replacement
    By Bob S in forum Gunsmithing for Old Milsurps
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-11-2011, 07:21 PM
  2. Help with rear 03A3 sight
    By Calfed in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 12-11-2010, 11:35 AM
  3. '03A3 Rear Sight Problem
    By miketuite in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 02-02-2010, 06:36 PM
  4. 03A3 Rear Sight Install
    By mjwaterma in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-16-2009, 09:20 PM
  5. SC 03A3 rear sight problem...
    By ihc53 in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-19-2009, 10:01 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