246. U.S. Model 1903A3 Rifle by Remington Arms with Field Modified Magazine

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serial #4064491, 30-06, 24" 9-43 dated Remington two groove barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barreled action and bands retain about 97% original parkerized and blued finishes with some very minor handling marks here and there, some impact marks have affected the barrel marking to the rear of the front sight. The bolt retains nearly all its original Remington Arms blue finish as do the rear sight and magazine cutoff. The bottom metal retains some very good original parkerizing and a 20 round BAR magazine has been very neatly, very professionally brazed to the bottom of the magazine box itself, the brass then neatly blackened. The straight grip walnut dual-pin stock and handguard rate excellent with very good "RA" and "(ordnance wheel) FJA" left-side cartouches, with a slightly faded circled P firing proof, the inspectors markings ahead of the front guard screw also light. There are instances of field modifications having been made, chiefly in the Pacific Theater, where magazines were adapted to the floorplates of 1903 rifles. This is likely a facsimile of one of those magazines as the rifle is in such very fine condition, it is highly unlikely it was ever issued or certainly didn't see any field use, retaining nearly all its original mix of parkerized and blued parts as it came from Remington Arms. It is nonetheless a very faithful example of the Pacific Theater-modified 03's, purportedly done by the Sea-Bees. Included with the rifle is a stamped sheet metal front sight protector and an unmarked 1 1/4" military rifle sling which is worn but likely serviceable. A fine rifle in its own right, all-the-more-interesting with its BAR magazine modification. (38809-9) {MODERN} (1200/1800) SOLD FOR $1,150.00

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