+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: 1903 marked under side receiver “use in sta 3 only

Click here to increase the font size Click here to reduce the font size
  1. #1
    Legacy Member Trackflg's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2021
    Last On
    11-23-2022 @ 11:29 AM
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    2
    Local Date
    11-30-2022
    Local Time
    02:57 PM

    1903 marked under side receiver “use in sta 3 only

    Hello all, first post , I think.
    I have a 1903 with markings on the underside of receiver at flat piece just aft of forward mounting screw , stamped into receiver the words.use in sta 3 only. Serial number is1477971.would post a picture if I new how, I thought you 1903 guys would be interested. Maybe test gun ???? , looks to be a Greek return
    Last edited by Trackflg; 05-11-2022 at 08:37 AM.

  2. # ADS
    Friends and Sponsors
    Join Date
    October 2006
    Location
    Milsurps.Com
    Posts
    All Threads
    A Collector's View - The SMLE Short Magazine Lee Enfield 1903-1989. It is 300 8.5x11 inch pages with 1,000+ photo’s, most in color, and each book is serial-numbered.  Covering the SMLE from 1903 to the end of production in India in 1989 it looks at how each model differs and manufacturer differences from a collecting point of view along with the major accessories that could be attached to the rifle. For the record this is not a moneymaker, I hope just to break even, eventually, at $80/book plus shipping.  In the USA shipping is $5.00 for media mail.  I will accept PayPal, Zelle, MO and good old checks (and cash if you want to stop by for a tour!).  CLICK BANNER to send me a PM for International pricing and shipping. Manufacturer of various vintage rifle scopes for the 1903 such as our M73G4 (reproduction of the Weaver 330C) and Malcolm 8X Gen II (Unertl reproduction). Several of our scopes are used in the CMP Vintage Sniper competition on top of 1903 rifles. 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
    Legacy Member cplstevennorton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    Today @ 08:04 AM
    Location
    Van Wert, OH
    Age
    42
    Posts
    357
    Local Date
    11-30-2022
    Local Time
    02:57 PM
    Is it possibly marked for SA use only, or something along those lines? I've seen the ones marked in that way about Springfield Armory, and I sort of guess that is what this one is.

  4. Avoid Ads - Become a Contributing Member - Click HERE
  5. #3
    Legacy Member Trackflg's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2021
    Last On
    11-23-2022 @ 11:29 AM
    Location
    Boston
    Posts
    2
    Local Date
    11-30-2022
    Local Time
    02:57 PM
    Thread Starter
    No very clear ( use in sta 3 only) all letters are the same except the 3, looks as if they made a stamp that said use in sta only and filled in with number stamp for what ever station, ??? The wonder of it all. clueless

  6. #4
    Legacy Member Calif-Steve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    11-28-2022 @ 05:30 PM
    Posts
    2,495
    Local Date
    11-30-2022
    Local Time
    02:57 PM

    use in SA

    I had one years back. I was told by someone wiser than me that it for all intents a factory second. That only SA could work on it. Sounds reasonable to me. It was a nice shooter and ran very well.

  7. #5
    Advisory Panel browningautorifle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Last On
    Today @ 10:56 AM
    Location
    Victoria BC
    Posts
    27,914
    Real Name
    Jim
    Local Date
    11-30-2022
    Local Time
    11:57 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Trackflg View Post
    would post a picture if I new how
    Check your PMs. I can post a pic for you.
    Regards, Jim

  8. #6
    Legacy Member mark1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 08:16 PM
    Location
    Heading for Florida
    Posts
    347
    Local Date
    11-30-2022
    Local Time
    02:57 PM
    It could be a Springfield test bed receiver that was later built into a rifle. Sta 3 could be station 3

  9. #7
    Legacy Member cplstevennorton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    Today @ 08:04 AM
    Location
    Van Wert, OH
    Age
    42
    Posts
    357
    Local Date
    11-30-2022
    Local Time
    02:57 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Calif-Steve View Post
    I had one years back. I was told by someone wiser than me that it for all intents a factory second. That only SA could work on it. Sounds reasonable to me. It was a nice shooter and ran very well.
    Was it a SA only marked receiver?

    I actually found docs on them and it seems it's quite the opposite of a factory 2nd. They kept them at SA for the workers to get any measurements they needed while they were building new parts, or test parts off the assembly line on them to make sure they were machined or functioned correctly. SA would pull exploratory parts off the line from different lots to test them to make sure they fit. These SA only rifles were the ones they used the parts on to make sure they machined correctly. They also used the SA only rifles in ammo testing or accuracy testing, or any other testing that SA needed to do with a M1903.

    I sort of doubt they would be using them for those purposes above if they were factory seconds. There is never a mention of 2nds I should say in the docs and everything points to these rifles being considered the standard.

    I'm a sales rep for a manufacturing company and we do keep some of our product on hand so the engineers can study when there are issues with the line. But the only products we keep are basically the best examples of what we manufacture.

    To me it would not make a lot of sense to keep a M1903 that had factory defects and then use that M1903 as a test pattern rifle or one to be used as the gold standard to compare the parts they were manufacturing.

    By the way they were released in 1939 if I Remember the date on the document correctly. It said that SA was done with the M1903 and they might as well release the SA only marked rifles for the war effort.
    Last edited by cplstevennorton; 06-10-2022 at 11:20 PM.

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


  11. #8
    Contributing Member Doco overboard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Last On
    Today @ 12:41 PM
    Location
    Delmarva Peninsula
    Posts
    438
    Real Name
    Brian Stiles
    Local Date
    11-30-2022
    Local Time
    02:57 PM
    I’m interested in understanding what production / examination tasks occurred at station 3?
    I have a rifle marked on underside SA use only that shot great groups with original barrel and custom sported stock/ Lyman 48 and globe F/s.

  12. #9
    Legacy Member mark1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Last On
    Yesterday @ 08:16 PM
    Location
    Heading for Florida
    Posts
    347
    Local Date
    11-30-2022
    Local Time
    02:57 PM
    To know what or where station 3 is in Springfield's production process you would need a layout of their assembly line and stations where testing or fit was done.

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. 1903 Receiver / bolt / receiver markings help.. days searching!
    By Okiewan in forum M1903/1903A3/A4 Springfield Rifle
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-14-2021, 01:21 AM
  2. RRAD marked TRW M14 receiver
    By Promo in forum M1 Garand/M14/M1A Rifles
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 05-14-2020, 11:20 AM
  3. left side receiver peep sight?
    By redbaron in forum Krag Rifles
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-28-2010, 10:28 PM
  4. Replies: 25
    Last Post: 05-27-2009, 11:37 PM
  5. Looking for some information on a M1 carbine marked G.H.D. on receiver.
    By Sal in forum The Lee Enfield Knowledge Library Collectors Forum
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-19-2009, 05:16 AM

Posting Permissions

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