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    Late Remington 1903

    I would like to call members attention to a rifle listed on GunAuction (not GunBroker); their #16958616. The rifle's serial number is 3357655. Like the 03A3, it has the flat tang and the absence of the contoured milling cuts on the cut-off boss. I have one, #3285588, with the flat tang but mine has the contour cuts on the rear of the boss but not the front. What I find different about the GunAuction rifle is the flats front and rear on the bridge. I haven't noticed that on other 1903's. Any comments?

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    The milling cuts on the rear bridge appeared on late Remington M1903 receivers when there was trouble in developing the 03-A3 rear sight. In order to meet production schedules, Remington starting making the M1903 again, and they used the receivers that had already been milled for the 03-A3 sight ( actually for the 03-A3 sight that they had trouble with ). At some point, Remington M1903-A3 rifles can be found with LOWER serial numbers than Remington M1903 rifles. Must have been a confusing time.


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    I hadn't heard that about the rear sight. Makes sense: With the hurry-up production, Remington wouldn't have done an extra step without purpose. One of my reference books states that the first 03A3's were produced in 12/42 and the last of the 1903's were assembled in 3/43. It makes me wonder if milled trigger guards were ever originally assembled to A3's, or if stamped guards to 1903's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtPahl View Post
    It makes me wonder if milled trigger guards were ever originally assembled to A3's, or if stamped guards to 1903's.
    Milled trigger guards were never originally assembled to M'03-A3's, but stamped trigger guards were definitely assembled to later production M1903's, indeed several months before M'03-A3 production commenced.

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    JB Thanks for the wealth of knowledge as usual.

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