I think I have the 600,000 range pretty well covered! :)
I saw another low numbered M1903 on Gunbroker awhile back. I couldn't afford it and I already had an NRA Sales rifle, but why would that stop me?? The seller was an online firearms consignment place that occasionally lowers the price as the auction goes on. I waited until the last minute and (figuratively speaking) pulled the trigger!
What interested me about this rifle was the brass medallion in the butt. It was a presentation rifle, but maddeningly just in initials. For those of you new (or unfamiliar) to M1903s, it is one of the NRA Sales rifles that was sold to NRA members before WWI.
It is all original and dates to early early 1916. What is also interesting to me, is that usually with this type of rifle, the barrel is pretty close to original regarding muzzle erosion, maybe a 1 or 2. This rifle must have really had the snot shot out of it. The ME was a 3.5 and the TE nearly a 4. It was well taken care of - the bore was worn, but shiny and the stock had only one serious ding
I have seen no fewer than three 620,000 range NRA Sales rifles. For the record, this has:
1) a 12-15 SA barrel
2) a JSA (J. Sumner Adams) inspection stamp on the single bolt stock
3) an I8 bolt
4) it has considerable wear on the fixed front sight base
5) the floorplate has some "speckles" of rust, which I've mostly cleaned
6) it has a non-military sling which a former owner connected to the stacking swivel.
7) On the foretip of the stock, it has a small 1/8" "S" stamp, which I thought Springfield phased out a couple of years previously. Also, as you can see, a script P behind the trigger guard.
It joins a 605,178 National Match, a 601,172 NRA Sales (I think I've got the 600,000 range pretty well covered!) and 554,131, which may be another Sales rifle.
I hope to do some research and see if I can discover who it was presented to, but that may be some work.
Last edited by Rick the Librarian; 05-03-2012 at 06:41.
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