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    The last and final Springfield 1903A1 NM

    Does anyone know what the last and final Springfield 1903 NM SERIAL number happens to be?

    I know of a rifle that appears to be a NM rifle. Serial number 1522838. It has a late 1938 bbl, polished rails, electropenciled bolt, star gauge barrel, and all the correct markings.



    I know Springfield stopped making rifles only 10,000 or so past this serial number.

    This must be one of the last NM rifles ever made (if indeed it is a NM rifle).

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    gotta see really detailed pictures to know for sure...

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    You are a winner....from the SRS data:

    1522838 A1 NM 1939 DCM RIFLE SALES 1922-42

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    By the way, this is the last NM listed in Springfield Research:

    1527028 A1 NM 03/27/40 DCM RIFLE SALES 1922-42

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1903rifle View Post
    By the way, this is the last NM listed in Springfield Research:

    1527028 A1 NM 03/27/40 DCM RIFLE SALES 1922-42

    Fascinating !!! This is very close to the last !

    Is there a way to find out who this rifle was sold to?

    It is basically in mint condition. I can post pics here in about 3 weeks.

    Also, assuming mint and all correct, what may it be worth ?

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    Yes...........you can request a letter from SRS that will let you know the original owner.

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    Hope you do not mind a piggyback on your post. A friend just obtained a minty 03 SN 3022999 if you could be kind enough to provide SRS data on this one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by m1903rifle View Post
    Yes...........you can request a letter from SRS that will let you know the original owner.
    Just found out, the rifle has a letter from 2007. It was sold at Camp Perry in 1939 to a man from Kentucky.

    What might this rifle be worth, assuming all correct and 97% condition?

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    The NM collector market has really taken a hit I think. I used to see a nice NM and it would sell for $3500 to $4500 or sometimes more.

    But I've seen recently some in the $2500 range without a buyer, and they were really nice rifles.

    But it seems to be across the board on M1903's as I remember when I sold a mint NRA marked sales rifle and got 5k for it. Today I would be surprised if I got 2k for the same rifle. The M1903 collector market has really seemed to go down.

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    That's really sad and surprising to hear! Do you think it is because most youngsters want "Tactikool" rifles?

    These precision rifles are hand made works of art.

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