472. U.S. Model 1903 Rifle by Springfield Armory

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serial #229871, 30-06, 24" 2-09 dated Springfield Armory barrel with a very good bore which shows prominent rifling but with frosting within the grooves and some light erosion present. The barreled action retains about 95% later arsenal gray-green parkerizing while the bands show a bit more handling wear, the rear toned to plum. The bolt assembly as well retains a similar amount of gray-green parkerizing overall and the bottom metal shows some toning to plum along with edge wear and minor handling marks. The straight grip two bolt walnut stock and handguard (Harrison's type 5) rate very good showing an old arsenal cleaning with crisp left-side boxed "S" and boxed "SAA" San Antonio Arsenal rebuild marks, the grasping area shows remnants of an two old circled P firing proofs and a square boxed P proof evident. There is a stamped sheet metal front sight protector included and a 1 1/4" military leather sling dated 1918 as well, the sling somewhat tender but serviceable. As with all low-numbered 1903 Springfield rifles, this arm is sold only as a collectors item for the student of 1903 rifles and military arms and no thought of loading live ammunition nor of firing the arm should be entertained. An attractive early 1903 retaining many early features, and is an interesting post-war arsenal refurbish. (38809-78) {C&R} (800/1200) SOLD FOR $805.00

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