1124. U.S. Model 1903 Bolt Action Rifle by Springfield Armory

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serial #440769, 30-06, 24'' 1-11 dated Springfield barrel with a very good bore that shows scattered frosting and some light pitting but strong rifling. The barrel and front band retain 30-40% original blue finish with overall fading to gray and a few minor dings, while the rear band is a dull gray patina. The receiver is fading to gray with scattered traces of the original oil quenching. The bottom metal retains 30% original blue with overall flaking to brown. The single-bolt walnut stock rates very good as arsenal-cleaned with a pair of arsenal rebuild stamps on the right side, a partially faded boxed ''JFC'' cartouche, a strong ''P'' firing proof, a partially faded circled ''P'' firing proof, a white paint rack number ''92'' on the heel, some staining on the handguard, scattered dings and handling marks. The rear sight is a later replacement without the volley notch, the handguard appears to be correct and the straight handled bolt appears to be marked ''R19'' on the underside of the handle. As with all low numbered 1903 rifles no thought should be given to the loading or firing of this arm. An interesting 1903 Springfield that appears to have had little replaced over its long service life. (208737-293) {C&R} [Dr. Louis C. March Jr. Collection] (1000/1500) Sold For 862.50

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