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    1st 1903A3

    Just purchased this Remington 1903A3 serial number 4124880. The seller stated that it was a DCM rifle from 25 years ago but did not have any paper work.
    The barrel looks to have been replaced and is marked USMC 2-44 with a S in a circle. The stock has faded crossed cannons and the letters FJA. Most small parts are marked with an R but many are not marked.
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    I hate to be the one to put this out there but Iím quite certain this was a drill rifle. That would explain the barrel change, the new looking handguard ring, and some discoloration I can see around the cutoff. Closer pictures of that area and the underside of the receiver would show for sure.

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    I think your right. Do you think it would be safe to shoot? The TE is 1 and the ME is 1.

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    I find it interesting that the metal has all the correct finish...parts that should be blued are, and parts that should be parked are. Just like the original.

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    It also looks to have a 1903 barrel

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    DCM would never have sold a M1903-A3 with a M1903 barrel in it. As I mentioned elsewhere, the stock stamps are not original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daveboy View Post
    parts that should be blued are, and parts that should be parked are.
    So, carefully selected and assembled from a drill rifle. Seller misrepresented this one, can you get a return of funds?
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    So, carefully selected and assembled from a drill rifle.
    Haha, I thought the same thing, Jim. Great minds!
    Easy to be "correct" when you're assembling from parts.

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    A 2-44 barrel with a 03 rear sight "notch"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed skeels View Post
    A 2-44 barrel with a 03 rear sight "notch"?
    Itís a later replacement. The date has no bearing on whether itís a 1903 or 1903A3. The other features tell that itís a 1903 barrel slapped onto a 1993A3.


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