+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Questions about m1903 that I purchased

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Member Ah7's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2021
    Last On
    06-02-2021 @ 03:52 PM
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    4
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    10:24 AM

    Questions about m1903 that I purchased

    Springfield Armory Model 1903 .30-06 Bolt Action Military Rifle 1919 C Relics at GunBroker.com : 898212127

    I just received this in the mail this week. The receiver concerns me a little. All of the m1903s that I have seen say Model 1903 on the receiver, and this one just says US Springfield Armory and the serial number. This is supposedly a 1919 serial number. I just want to be sure that it is a genuine receiver and not a fake. The bolt markings identify the bolt as being from the 1920’s, and it appears from all other markings to have a Springfield C stock. WWII era barrel. The P by the trigger guard looks different from some others that I have seen as well. This is my first 1903 and I am just looking for confirmation that it looks legitimate.


  2. # ADS
    Friends and Sponsors
    Join Date
    October 2006
    Location
    Milsurps.Com
    Posts
    All Threads
    Banner AD Space Available - Click HERE to Inquire LIMITED TIME OFFER FROM THE AMERICAN GUNSMITHING INSTITUTE: Get Immediate Online Access To AGI's NEW Armorer's Course for Glock Pistols, Covering Every Generation of Glocks, Including the Latest Model 42/43 and Double Stack Pistols for ONLY $7.00! Brian Dick ... BDL Ltd. - Specializing in British and Commonwealth weapons Chuck in Denver ... Buy-Sell-Trade .. Guns, Cars Motorcycles Your source for the finest in High Power Competition Gear. Here at T-bones Shipwrighting we specialise in vintage service rifle: re-barrelling, bedding, repairs, modifications and accurizing. We also provide importation services for firearms, parts and weapons, for both private or commercial businesses.
     

  3. #2
    Contributing Member Wthenley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2021
    Last On
    Today @ 04:02 AM
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    34
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    10:24 AM
    Add Wthenley on Facebook Visit Wthenley's Youtube Channel
    Real Name
    Travis
    I have never seen a m1903 that was missing the "model 1903" on top of the front ring. Ive not seen everything to see yet, obviously. I will be interested in what someone much more knowledgeable than I has to offer. Travis

  4. Avoid Ads - Become a Contributing Member - Click HERE
  5. #3
    Really Senior Member cplstevennorton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    05-31-2021 @ 09:45 AM
    Location
    Van Wert, OH
    Age
    41
    Posts
    301
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    11:24 AM
    I have some real doubts on this receiver. If you look at some of the spots, it almost looks cast. Also look at the ledge under the serial number, it seems very miss-shapen and when you compare it another receiver it doesn't look right.

    I would really try to return this rifle. For sure that barrel wasn't put on the rifle by the Marines.

  6. The Following 2 Members Say Thank You to cplstevennorton For This Useful Post:


  7. #4
    Senior Member pickax's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Last On
    Today @ 11:24 AM
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    147
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    11:24 AM
    Good call to return it. The serial number looks hand stamped as well.

  8. Thank You to pickax For This Useful Post:

    Ah7

  9. #5
    Advisory Panel browningautorifle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Last On
    Today @ 11:06 AM
    Location
    Victoria BC
    Posts
    25,767
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    08:24 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by cplstevennorton View Post
    Also look at the ledge under the serial number, it seems very miss-shapen and when you compare it another receiver it doesn't look right.
    Is it possible this receiver was demilled and welded back together? Did they do that with M1903s?
    Regards, Jim

  10. #6
    Contributing Member BEAR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    Today @ 02:03 AM
    Location
    PNW
    Posts
    523
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    08:24 AM
    Springfield Armory was using block letters by the time that serial number was made. This one has serifed fonts.

  11. Thank You to BEAR For This Useful Post:

    Ah7

  12. #7
    Contributing Member Wthenley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2021
    Last On
    Today @ 04:02 AM
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    34
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    10:24 AM
    Add Wthenley on Facebook Visit Wthenley's Youtube Channel
    Real Name
    Travis
    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    Is it possible this receiver was demilled and welded back together? Did they do that with M1903s?
    Looks like someone did.

  13. #8
    Really Senior Member cplstevennorton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    05-31-2021 @ 09:45 AM
    Location
    Van Wert, OH
    Age
    41
    Posts
    301
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    11:24 AM
    Look at that ledge below the serial and it's for sure had something done to it in that spot. The lettering is not straight and looks off. The serial does as well to me. I think at best it's had the serial and markings either scrubbed off and replaced, or it was added to a commercial receiver.

    But something is definitely wrong with it. I would ask for a return.



    ---------- Post added at 08:35 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:27 PM ----------

    Also looking at it more. It has Seriffs on the lettering.

    I don't know of any serials around that serial number with Seriffs.

    I think all the lettering and serial has been added.
    Last edited by cplstevennorton; 05-09-2021 at 08:30 PM.

  14. Thank You to cplstevennorton For This Useful Post:

    Ah7

  15. #9
    Member rugersworld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 11:13 AM
    Location
    Sacramento
    Posts
    90
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    08:24 AM
    My 1919 1903 sn 1091xxx has the block lettering and model 1903 stamped above the sn . Yours does look suspicious with that lettering. LSB is a good group of people to deal with and you should have no problems with them on the return.

  16. Thank You to rugersworld For This Useful Post:

    Ah7

  17. #10
    Member Ah7's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2021
    Last On
    06-02-2021 @ 03:52 PM
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    4
    Local Date
    06-15-2021
    Local Time
    10:24 AM
    Thread Starter
    Thank you for taking the time to help me. This is a gift for my dad (from my mom) so I am going to show it to him and then return it. Hopefully I can find another in that price range that is fully genuine. I truly appreciate your time.

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. A few questions about my recently purchased Lee Enfield
    By Zigge in forum The Lee Enfield Knowledge Library Collectors Forum
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 02-16-2018, 11:09 AM
  2. Very late number RIA 1903 I purchased today...a few questions.
    By Todd2 in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 58
    Last Post: 06-03-2016, 06:52 PM
  3. R.I.A. M1903 Questions with pics
    By nellified in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-26-2011, 12:03 AM
  4. m1903 questions Help appreciated
    By Bean_Bandit in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 02-08-2010, 10:38 AM
  5. Springfield M1903 Questions
    By socomstix in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 01-26-2010, 06:18 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts