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Old March 8th, 2017, 07:06 PM   #1
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Remington 1903a3 with 1903 barrel and rear sight

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I was at my neighborhood gun store and he had a Remington 1903a3 without the a3 rear sight and it had the 1903 rear sight on the barrel. It was made in 2-43. Its in nice shape. Its just weird because its missing the rear sight on the receiver and also has the milled trigger assembly and milled floor plate. It does have the stamped mag follower in it.

Is this rifle a mix that someone put together or did it leave remington that way?

No I am not asking for a price or value, but he put a $1399 price tag on it. No way I will pay that much for that, but its on gunbroker right now with a much less bid price.

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Old March 8th, 2017, 07:38 PM   #2
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There were transition rifles where they started doing the A3 Machining cuts and cost saving changes to the 1903 rifles.

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Do you have an auction number, you don't have to post a link just the number.

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What store? Did it say 03A3 on the receiver? Did it have the dovetail for the A3 rear sight? Remington did make 1903 rifles before they made the A3, sure it wasn't one of those? GB number would be helpful.

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Do you have an auction number, you don't have to post a link just the number.
I am trying to find it on Gunbroker, but I know its there because they said the auction is was up to $375.

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What store? Did it say 03A3 on the receiver? Did it have the dovetail for the A3 rear sight? Remington did make 1903 rifles before they made the A3, sure it wasn't one of those? GB number would be helpful.
Yes, it had the cut on the rear bridge for the a3 sight. The receiver had a slight green patina. It has the cartouche markings on the stock. It is a nice rifle. I dont have the money to even offer to them or bid on the GB when I find it. The store is Trigger Happy Guns in Bend Oregon.

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I give up. I don't see anything matching the description.

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Here is the number. They did not put very good pictures of the receiver. You never know during war time I didn't have time this evening to look up the serial number. They could have been finishing up old stock. The stock appears to be a replacement.

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I believe that is a re barrel. With the late serial number and early barrel it wouldn't make sense. Plus I don't think any stamped 03A3 would have left the factory with an 03 rear sight and without the proper one. Someone's frankengun. Glad someone found it, I couldn't!

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I read his description and said it was a rare one by Remington. LOL... Oh and thank you for finding it.

Its a nice rifle, if I had the money I would try to buy it. I am going back into the store to try and get a remington 1903 rifle that is pretty beat up. Maybe I will try to trade for this rifle since its a franken rifle.

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Somewhat overpriced IMO. I recently picked a very good shooting correct, legit Rem 03A3 for $500.

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Somewhat overpriced IMO. I recently picked a very good shooting correct, legit Rem 03A3 for $500.
I go to his store every now and then. He is only about 4 blocks away. He has 2 garands in stock. One is a CMP special...what for it.....$1899. The other has a synthetic stock......$1599. If someone offered me $1599 for my garand with wood stock, its sold. Take my money and buy 2 more.

But I am going to see what I can do tomorrow!

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I have a Remington mfg. '03, made in late '42, just before they put in their cost savings program for the eventual 03A3 w/ stamped parts, etc., etc. Anything is possible, but doubt that Remington would put an '03 barrel/ladder sight on an A3 receiver??

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I have a Remington mfg. '03, made in late '42, just before they put in their cost savings program for the eventual 03A3 w/ stamped parts, etc., etc. Anything is possible, but doubt that Remington would put an '03 barrel/ladder sight on an A3 receiver??
I believe it was mid summer of 1942 that Remington was authorized to use stamped metal parts to speed up production, so many later production '03's had stamped parts, and these rifles were unofficially called '03 modified".
I have seen a couple of late production '03's that had the rear sight dovetail for the '03 during the transition period to the 03-A3, but they were marked 1903, not 03-A3.

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The 4 million serial on that Remington 03A3 receiver dates it to Sept-Oct of 1943, the barrel is a SA dated 3-42, which makes them from 2 different manufacturer's and 18 months apart.

It would be interesting to know if the bolt serial matches, but, by the looks of the pics that rifle is either a mix master or got another receiver. I would pass on this one and look for a correct 03A3...

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