19. Chinese Marked U.S. Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle by Remington

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serial #3165612, 30-06, 24" 5-42 dated Remington barrel with a very good bore that shows scattered frosting and light pitting but strong rifling. The metal surfaces are mostly a dull brown patina with some sparsely scattered oxidation staining. The two-bolt walnut stock rates very good with a strong boxed "FJA" cartouche, a strong "RA" marking, a strong Chinese marking on right side of butt, a strong carved "C" marking on the left an added hole between the bands, a few dings and scattered handling marks. The parts all appear to be correctly marked "R" indicating that they are of Remington manufacture. The "C" marking is purported by the consignor to be a peasant farmer's army marking and it is known the U.S. government provided the Nationalist Chinese forces with 1903 rifles. There is an indiscernible import marking on the underside of the barrel and an original Boyt 1944 dated sling is included that shows scattered cracking, crazing and dirt staining. An interesting 1903 rifle that may benefit from further research. (208809-29) {C&R} (1000/1500) SOLD FOR $1,265.00

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