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    Inherited 1903 Springfield (in family over 65 years)

    Greetings, I just inherited my grandpa's 1903 Springfield and am trying to get a clearer picture of the weapon. Unfortunately he never told my father how or when he got it, only that he carried an '03 while building the Burma Road during WW 2.



    So here is what I think I know:
    Produced by Springfield in 1934: Serial # 1450xxx
    Springfield barrel (SA stamp and flaming grenade): date stamp 1–31
    "S" stamp on indent under cutoff lever: likely indicator of Springfield stock
    Pistol grip "C" stock.



    Things I'm trying to figure out:
    1. The stock does not have "p" proof marks but "0" (zero) stamps behind the trigger guard and on the base of the pistol grip.


    2. The top hand guard is stamped D28179. Interestingly another site indicates the same stamp on Springfield #1521741 (http://www.vishooter.net/SA.txt).


    3. In front of the magazine the stock is stamped B3.


    4. When I removed the stock the barrel is stamped R17 between the sight and the receiver.


    5. I cannot locate any acceptance marks on the stock...

    I love this old rifle and am just trying to understand it's history better.

    Thank you for any help you can render,
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizhuyak View Post
    The top hand guard is stamped D28179.
    That's a drawing number...
    Regards, Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    That's a drawing number...
    Hi Jim could you explain that to me? Do you mean like a lottery drawing or a technical drawing? It was crazy to find that it was stamped on another rifle.

    BTW: I proposed to my wife on the ferry ride back from Victoria B.C. in 1990.

    Respectfully,
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizhuyak View Post
    technical drawing
    It's the number of the technical drawing that they refer to for spec of the piece. All parts have a "Drawing" and can be traced by the size of the piece. The letter at the beginning of the number denotes the size of the part, large, small...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kizhuyak View Post
    I proposed to my wife on the ferry ride back from Victoria
    That's been done, usually I think while in Active Pass area...
    Regards, Jim

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    Thank you for the clarification Jim. One question down.

    Respectfully,
    Mark

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    Other guys will be along soon to explain all of it. Very interesting markings on the stock. I always like the "C" stocks better than the canoe paddle or scant stocks...
    Regards, Jim

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