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    1903 rebuild

    So I decided to try my hand at rebuilding. looking around I found a really nice barreled receiver with a bolt on Gunbroker. So it has a Rock Island Arsenal receiver S/N 308861, Springfield Armory barrel 9-28, and what looks like Remington bolt.

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    Sorry, I forgot ask my question, So did I make a good choice, and would it have been a original Rock Island rifle or is it a Springfield Armory built with Rock Island parts. I have been reading Rock Island Rifle Model 1903 by C.S. Ferris and The Model 1903 Springfield Rifle and its variations by Joe Poyer, I'am a little confused

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    I believe your Rock Island receiver was re-barreled with the SA 9-28 barrel, your Rock Island would have had a Rock island barrel date from around mid 1918.

    Some years back, I bought a Rock Island barrel and action from the CMPicon auction, it was serial number 331690 and had a Rock Island RIA barrel dated 11-18,
    which I understand was original to the receiver. Later I found the correct R 10 bolt from Chuck-in -Denver. You can still find 1918 Rock Island bolts, the correct
    stock is difficult to find.

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    According to John Beardicon, the RIA/SA "hybrids" didn't really start until ca. 375,000 or so.
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    i have an R10 bolt available,, though not cheap.
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    Cool. that will make buying parts a little easier. So most the parts will be milled correct. chuckindenver how much is not cheap?

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    Congrats a hit. If you are interested in the paperwork. I may be able to help you out. Shoot me a PM.

    308861 RI 120136 WASH DC HIGH SCHOOLS

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    Smokeaterpilot - that is a GREAT SRS hit - and if you read Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper's book "Another Country" (ANYTHING written by Jeff Cooper, now sadly departed, is worth your time) you will read about how many US High Schools in the 1930's had their own ROTC program, complete with uniforms, an armory and RIFLES. In the morning at the start of the school day in California he told about how the Honor Guard at his high school were uniformed ROTC high school students, with bugler and officer and performed the Flag Raising Ceremony in formation every morning for the school.

    I think such a program would fix a lot of what is wrong with our schools today..... CC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col. Colt View Post
    Smokeaterpilot - that is a GREAT SRS hit - and if you read Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper's book "Another Country" (ANYTHING written by Jeff Cooper, now sadly departed, is worth your time) you will read about how many US High Schools in the 1930's had their own ROTC program, complete with uniforms, an armory and RIFLES. In the morning at the start of the school day in California he told about how the Honor Guard at his high school were uniformed ROTC high school students, with bugler and officer and performed the Flag Raising Ceremony in formation every morning for the school.

    I think such a program would fix a lot of what is wrong with our schools today..... CC
    CC,

    If I recall the last time I saw the paperwork. These were the Washington DC schools that were segregated and the paperwork uses terms not considered "PC" by today's standards

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    Andrew, in 1936 EVERYTHING in much of the World was segregated - not just high schools......and I don't think the ROTC - or their rifles - was to blame for that. I am pretty sure those same high schools today use different language, too. But I don't think politics and ancient wrongs is the the proper direction for this thread to take.

    Imagine, for a moment, a time in our parents time when our beloved rifles were Part of everyday life - even in high school. Here in Alaska we still have high schools with rifle ranges - but then we are not very PC, either.

    As Cooper said "The Past is Another Country, they do things differently there."

    History is not always pretty, but the triumph of right over wrong is an ongoing process - there are and were decent people in every age and at all times in history - or we would never have made any progress. Our system has flaws, but slavery was abolished here - and paid for with 600,000 lives - not so in Africa and elsewhere in the world, even today. Man is a failed creature, but for his cultivated moral sense - which seems to be in decline lately. But hope springs eternal, and God is not mocked. Virtue is eventually rewarded - and evil doers will get theirs, in life or in the end.

    My point was - and is - that this rifle is tremendously interesting for being ISSUED TO A US HIGH SCHOOL - by the US government. And the students and staff of that time were trustworthy enough to do that. Respectfully, CC
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