152. Extremely Rare Early U.S. Model 1903 Rifle by Springfield Armory with Star Gauged Barrel

Click on images for enlarged versions.

serial #470828, 30-06, 24" "SA/(ordnance bomb)/4-11" dated star-gauged barrel with a bright excellent bore. Barrel and front band retain about 90% original rust blue, with the receiver retaining a similar amount of dark mottled case-hardened blue-gray with some light toning to pewter. The bottom metal shows some generous traces of original blue with the floorplate having turned mostly pewter gray. The bolt body retains strong trace blue with the handle toned to dark gray; the shroud a dark gray-blue. The straight grip walnut stock rates very good plus to near excellent with original varnish and the minor dings and handling marks one would expect with the "J.F.C." cartouche and firing proof both fully evident showing a minor accumulation of grime and oil from the years of handling, resulting in a lovely aged patina. The checkered steel buttplate has a nickel oiler beneath and the rifle comes with a stamped front sight protector, Bisley works stamped sheet metal rear sight protector and 1 1/4" military leather sling which is unmarked. The underside of barrel shows the capital "P" of proofing and is star-gauge numbered "D9". This is a very fine, extremely early rifle to have a star-gauged barrel and a smaller facsimile reproduction of the rifle's original star gauge record dated "August 3, 1911" is included with the gun (the original is lost to the years sadly). A previous owner and student of the model 1903 said of this rifle: "This is the earliest 1903 that I have found with a star gauge record card." (35865-66){C&R} (2000/4000) SOLD FOR $2,300.00

Do you have a similar item that you'd like to consign? Click HERE to fill out a form!