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    Remington 1903 stock markings

    The presumably replacement 'pistol grip' style stock on a Remington 1903 serial # 306xxxx rifle I am purchasing has a "V" style stamp marking along with the circle "P" marking behind the trigger guard, and what appears to be a "45" and a "G" and "F" (that last stamping is not entirely clear) in front of the trigger guard.

    What do those stamps (other than the circle "P" stamp) mean?

    The RA stamped barrel carries an "12 41" barrel date stamp.

    My understanding is that a Remington 1903 would only have been issued with a straight grip, not a proper 'pistol grip'. Is that correct?

    Many thanks
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    Yes, the C-stock would have been a replacement on the early Remington M1903.

    I purchased an 03-A3 a few years back with the C-stock. It had the K-stamp inside the cutoff recess (Keystone maker). It was also marked with a Circle-P firing proof, and different letters and marks fore and aft of the trigger guard.

    I posted on CMPicon forums, wondering why a replacement stock would have the firing proof, and John Beardicon identified the stock markings as being consistent with an overhaul at the Remington Armory, versus the other well known rebuild facilities. Perhaps your numbers and letters were applied by different inspectors than for mine.








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    Hi Martin08

    Thanks for the quick reply.

    All the stamps are nice and crisp. There is a “K” stamp (well part of one) in the safety recess.

    I wondered f the “45” stamp in front of the trigger guard was a date stamp for when it was restocked?

    Regards
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    photos of the stock markings

    I thought I would add a couple of pictures of the markings that I was referring to on the Remington 1903 stock.

    Regards
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    That is a really nice looking M1903 in a quality Keystone C-stock.

    I don't know when it would have been restocked, but it was done right. Appears to be a Remington Arsenal overhaul. Congrats.

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    Hi Martin08

    Thanks for the comments. Once I receive the rifle I'll be interested to have a close look at the markings on the parts, and I'll post some more pictures.

    Regards
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    What a gorgeous rifle. Most 1903s in NZicon are pretty poked. If you can get any history on the rifle whether it was imported recently that would be interesting.
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    Hi Roy.
    I’m still in the process of purchasing it, and all I have seen are photos and the vendors description.

    I too am interested in it’s history, so I shall post what I find out, along with more photos and details of the markings/stamps.

    Regards
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    I have a further question regarding my 1903 Remington.

    Would this rifle (barrel date 12-41, and serial # production date around March 1942) have been originally issued with a straight pistol grip stock or a 'scant' grip stock? (It now wears a full pistol grip stock.)

    Did Remington ever fit the 'scant' stocks to these rifles? I read that the 'scant' stocks were used in part of 1941 and 1942 on Springfield rifles, but I am not certain if they were used on Remington made rifles.

    Many thanks
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    Straight Stock.



    Other than on a small amount of M1903A4s, Scant Stocks were only put on rifles at refurb facilities.

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