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Old April 15th, 2012, 09:38 AM   #1
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gibbs 03a4 figured i'd pass this info on

http://www.aimsurplus.com/product.aspx?item=F3NA1903A4 see video at mac section in middle of page

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Old April 15th, 2012, 10:35 AM   #2
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Dprice, my father in law has one, he says his shoots near MOA, the only problem he has, the crosswire in the scope is kinda thick. He uses a 6 o'clock hold, with targets. But it was made to be minute of man, not a target rifle. Other than that he really likes it, which is no small approval, hes retired, and shoots every day. When I get in his basement and he opens his safes, its like a religious event with the angelic music and everything. He seems to always be in the right place at the right time for the deals.I get cold sweats from some of what he has.

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Old April 15th, 2012, 01:15 PM   #3
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I believe that these are reconditioned drill rifles.

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merc,if you actually watched it,they said they were

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http://www.ktgunsmith.com/03A3.htm drill rifle info

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Old April 16th, 2012, 07:11 PM   #6
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I had a much less favorable experience with a reactivated drill rifle. I purchased one of the 'Pacific' miniseries 03A3's from SARCO. It looked pretty good, all original parts on the Smith Corona receiver. New 1943 barrel. It was pretty hard to tell that it had been reacivated. However when I shot it with the sight adjusted all the way to one side it was barely on the paper at 100Yds.

The rifle went back to SARCO for a full refund. They were less forthcoming when I purchased it and the sales person that I talked to denied these were reconditioned drill rifles that had been refurbished for the 'Pacific' miniseries. The sales person that I talked to for the return RMA was very upfront with the drill rifle aspect.

A few years ago the CMP sold several of these 03A3 and 03 drill rilfes at rock bottom prices.

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Old April 16th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #7
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Here is mine...I knew full well what it was. NOT disapointed.. This is a great rifle and I highly recomend it. I will most likely never have an original 03-A4 and if I did, It would be a safe queen.


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Dprice, my father in law has one, he says his shoots near MOA, the only problem he has, the crosswire in the scope is kinda thick. He uses a 6 o'clock hold, with targets. But it was made to be minute of man, not a target rifle. Other than that he really likes it, which is no small approval, hes retired, and shoots every day. When I get in his basement and he opens his safes, its like a religious event with the angelic music and everything. He seems to always be in the right place at the right time for the deals.I get cold sweats from some of what he has.
Hammer,,I hope one day my Son says that about my collection. Nice compliment to your Dad.

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I had a much less favorable experience with a reactivated drill rifle. I purchased one of the 'Pacific' miniseries 03A3's from SARCO. It looked pretty good, all original parts on the Smith Corona receiver. New 1943 barrel. It was pretty hard to tell that it had been reacivated. However when I shot it with the sight adjusted all the way to one side it was barely on the paper at 100Yds.

The rifle went back to SARCO for a full refund. They were less forthcoming when I purchased it and the sales person that I talked to denied these were reconditioned drill rifles that had been refurbished for the 'Pacific' miniseries. The sales person that I talked to for the return RMA was very upfront with the drill rifle aspect.

A few years ago the CMP sold several of these 03A3 and 03 drill rilfes at rock bottom prices.
I saw these in shotgun news and wanted one real bad. Really hadn't heard of reactivated drill rifles at the time. You are lucky they refunded your $$. Very good of them to do that. Sorry to hear you got a bum rifle but something tells me you have more than a few accurate ones to fill void created by the one from sarco.

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I saw these in shotgun news and wanted one real bad. Really hadn't heard of reactivated drill rifles at the time. You are lucky they refunded your $$. Very good of them to do that. Sorry to hear you got a bum rifle but something tells me you have more than a few accurate ones to fill void created by the one from sarco.
Affirmative. I have two unaltered 03A3's and one 03A1. Not to say the some can't be happy with a reactivated drill rifle. If I had one that worked well I wouldn't be adverse to shooting it and retiring my unaltered rifles to the safe mode.

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A buddy of mine has one of these, made from a reactivated drill rifle. She shoots and functions great!

At a recent shoot I ran on the 2400yd Unknown Distance range at AIM in Blakely GA, I ran her out to 800yds with outstanding success. To someone that is used to much more modern Sniper rifles, she was a hoot to shoot. Loved the smell of walnut and leather.

I've got nothing but great things to say about this rifle.

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I bought a couple of 03A4's back in the late 70's.

I still have the prettiest one (wish I had both but sometimes you do stupid things when you're young).

Mine likes IMR4350 and Sierra 180 grain match king bullets. I used to fill up empty 1 gallon milk jugs with water (so you could see you'd hit them). At 500 yds I could bust 3 out of 5 jugs.

One day, while sitting on "the bald knob" and watching several reclaimed strip mines around me (several hundred yards in all directions either on the knob or across a creek and "holler") I got pretty bored when not seeing any deer for a few hours. Over on the "buck ridge" a flock of crows were feeding through the grass/weeds (it was a beautiful warm November day). I finally decided to take a shot at one of the crows. I got out the range finder (remember the old mechanical range finders?) and read 600 yds. from me to the crow near the top of the reclaimed strip mine. I got good and steady and squeezed off a shot.

Ever hear the story about how the rest of the flock will rally around a wounded crow? BS that time. He started flopping around and they left the AO. He flopped for awhile, finally got up, fluttered up and down a few times and finally got up on a tree limb near the bottom of the strip mine. I took a second shot and clean missed that time and he dropped off the limb and flew out of sight down into the holler.

My greatest "almost" long range shot. If that crow had died he'd be mounted on the wall in front of me right now. Who ever heard of mounting a crow?

Anyway, those old rifles are capable of amazing accuracy with the right loads and the right shooter.

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Always chancy when dealing with SARCO from my experience.

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By the way, if it makes a difference, my buddy's that I described above was bought from Creedmoor Sports. Their 1903A4's are built by Curt Wolf of Rock Ridge Machine Works, not Gibbs.

http://www.creedmoorsports.com/shop/...per-Rifle.html

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